Medical Assistant – Certificate

The Medical Assistant Certificate program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a medical assistant in a medical office, clinic, hospital or other health care facility. Clinical (diagnostic and treatment), administrative (communication and business) skills and transdisciplinary knowledge and skills are included in the course work. A nonpaid externship experience with a licensed health care practitioner is the culmination of the program.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible for a professional credential by passing the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. The certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763.

Students are welcome to enter this program in any semester, but must meet prerequisite course and grade level requirements to proceed in the program and qualify for MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 35
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.5
Minimum grade in MED courses 2.5
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

RELATED REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 150 Electronic Health Records Specialist 3 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or Higher, CIS 095

This course provides students with skills necessary to work with Electronic Health Records. This course is ideal for those currently working in the health field or those looking to enter into a health-related program who are hoping to learn more about key concepts and the use of Electronic Health Records in the medical setting. Topics include the cost and needs to consider when implementing an EHR system, how to utilize an EHR system to meet government requirements and medical practice needs, and practical application of various EHR tasks. The course will also cover basic medical terminology and basic medical coding principles. Students who complete this course with a passing grade will be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist exam.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 120 MA Medical Terminology 3

This course provides an overview of medical terminology to include word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, building of words using word parts, words not built from word parts, common medical abbreviations, and proper spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. This class is not required if a previous medical terminology course has been taken and passed with a 2.5 or higher.

MED 125 Intro to Body Systems 3

This course provides an overview of the anatomy of each body system in relation to the field of medical assisting.

MED 130 Medical Assisting Fundamentals 4

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & blood borne pathogen training, vitals, patient communication, preparing for clinical procedures, and the top 50 prescribed drugs.

MED 140 Clinical Procedures 2

Students will build upon the skills learned in MA Fundamentals. Topics will include assisting with exams, patient screening and assessment, and cardiology and radiology procedures.

MED 150 Specialty Care 2

In this course, students will learn the procedures and routines of specialty practices including well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, and administration of medications.

MED 230 Surgery and Rehabilitation 2

Students will learn the surgical process to include surgical procedures and minor office surgery, rehabilitation and healthy living, and responding to emergencies in the medical practice.

MED 240 Laboratory Procedures 2

In this course, students will become competent in lab safety, collection of lab specimens, performing CLIA waived lab testing, microscopy, and phlebotomy along with gaining an understanding of various tests and departments of a medical laboratory.

MED 250 MA Pre-Practicum Capstone 2

This capstone course will assist in preparation for clinical practicum and completion of the MA program. Students will compile a portfolio and create a cover letter and resume to prepare for future employment along with preparing for the CMA(AAMA) exam. Additionally, students will be evaluated for competency of skills learned in previous classes in a lab setting. Successful completion of this course is required to be eligible for the MA Clinical Practicum.

MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 3 Instructor Permission Required

This clinical practicum provides an opportunity for a non-paid practical experience working in a qualified licensed health care practitioner’s office or clinic. The student will perform both clinical and administrative medical assisting while being supervised and evaluated by the office staff and monitored by the instructor. The student will also complete assignments via the virtual classroom.

MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

MOA 240 Medical Office Procedures 3

Through written and computerized medical office simulations the student will learn basic concepts and medical administrative practices. Topics include: medical office health information management, oral and written communication skills, patient account management, bookkeeping and accounting practices, electronic transmission of data, preparation of correspondence, understanding document content and use, reception and telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling and legal issues. Prerequisites: CIS 095, ENG 131, MOA 112 or MED 112 and MOA 120

MOA 241 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3 ENG 131, CIS 095, MOA 120, BIO 132

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and healthcare finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1 – First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 120 MA Medical Terminology 3

This course provides an overview of medical terminology to include word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, building of words using word parts, words not built from word parts, common medical abbreviations, and proper spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. This class is not required if a previous medical terminology course has been taken and passed with a 2.5 or higher.

MED 125 Intro to Body Systems 3

This course provides an overview of the anatomy of each body system in relation to the field of medical assisting.

SEMESTER 1 – Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 130 Medical Assisting Fundamentals 4

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & blood borne pathogen training, vitals, patient communication, preparing for clinical procedures, and the top 50 prescribed drugs.

MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

SEMESTER 2 – First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 140 Clinical Procedures 2

Students will build upon the skills learned in MA Fundamentals. Topics will include assisting with exams, patient screening and assessment, and cardiology and radiology procedures.

MED 150 Specialty Care 2

In this course, students will learn the procedures and routines of specialty practices including well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, and administration of medications.

MOA 241 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3 ENG 131, CIS 095, MOA 120, BIO 132

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and healthcare finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

SEMESTER 2 – Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 230 Surgery and Rehabilitation 2

Students will learn the surgical process to include surgical procedures and minor office surgery, rehabilitation and healthy living, and responding to emergencies in the medical practice.

MED 240 Laboratory Procedures 2

In this course, students will become competent in lab safety, collection of lab specimens, performing CLIA waived lab testing, microscopy, and phlebotomy along with gaining an understanding of various tests and departments of a medical laboratory.

MOA 240 Medical Office Procedures 3

Through written and computerized medical office simulations the student will learn basic concepts and medical administrative practices. Topics include: medical office health information management, oral and written communication skills, patient account management, bookkeeping and accounting practices, electronic transmission of data, preparation of correspondence, understanding document content and use, reception and telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling and legal issues. Prerequisites: CIS 095, ENG 131, MOA 112 or MED 112 and MOA 120

SEMESTER 3 – First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 150 Electronic Health Records Specialist 3 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or Higher, CIS 095

This course provides students with skills necessary to work with Electronic Health Records. This course is ideal for those currently working in the health field or those looking to enter into a health-related program who are hoping to learn more about key concepts and the use of Electronic Health Records in the medical setting. Topics include the cost and needs to consider when implementing an EHR system, how to utilize an EHR system to meet government requirements and medical practice needs, and practical application of various EHR tasks. The course will also cover basic medical terminology and basic medical coding principles. Students who complete this course with a passing grade will be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist exam.

MED 250 MA Pre-Practicum Capstone 2

This capstone course will assist in preparation for clinical practicum and completion of the MA program. Students will compile a portfolio and create a cover letter and resume to prepare for future employment along with preparing for the CMA(AAMA) exam. Additionally, students will be evaluated for competency of skills learned in previous classes in a lab setting. Successful completion of this course is required to be eligible for the MA Clinical Practicum.

SEMESTER 3 – Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 3 Instructor Permission Required

This clinical practicum provides an opportunity for a non-paid practical experience working in a qualified licensed health care practitioner’s office or clinic. The student will perform both clinical and administrative medical assisting while being supervised and evaluated by the office staff and monitored by the instructor. The student will also complete assignments via the virtual classroom.