Medical Assistant Certificate

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Medical Assistant Program (MAP) graduates may assume positions as multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other outpatient healthcare settings.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 5

Estimated Cost: $7,685.60

Admission Dates: Day program: fall quarter; Evening program: spring quarter.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with an Instructor once the student has registered for MAP 105.

The MAP curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, oral and written communication, administrative procedures, financial record keeping, mathematics, insurance billing and medical coding, basic office diagnostic procedures, principles of pharmacology and medication administration, venipuncture, basic asepsis, and microbiology.

Students are trained in administrative and clinical procedures performed in physicians’ offices and/or clinics. Graduates from this program are eligible to take the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants, which is one of the four authorized exams for certification through Washington State. Training will include, but is not limited to, professional telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, interviewing and instructing patients, making arrangements for patient admission to a hospital, maintaining financial records and files, completing insurance forms, preparing and maintaining employees’ payroll records, assisting patients in preparing for examinations, cleaning and sterilizing instruments and equipment, collecting specimens, performing electrocardiograms, and assisting physicians with treatments and surgeries.

Included in this program are general education courses in math, public speaking, and sociology, providing knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills. Additional courses included in the MAP consist of the following: CAH 102 Medical Terminology, COLL 101 Foundation for Student Success and CAH 105 Computer Applications for Allied Health Professionals. No MAP course may be taken more than twice.

Students will receive HIV/AIDS and HIPAA certifications from the program, but must obtain a First Aid/CPR for Health Professionals/ Providers card external to the program and prior to externship. Externship hours will vary and will be completed during the day hours for both day and evening students. With the assistance of the instructors and/or clinical placement coordinator, students will have the opportunity to choose and/or secure their own externship site. Upon completion of the MAP, students will graduate with a Certificate of Completion.

Program Accreditation: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) accredits the Medical Assistant Program at Clover Park Technical College upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of May 2013.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350

Employability Requirement: Medical Assistants must pass one of four authorized exams to be certified in the State of Washington. Registered or certified medical assistants must complete and pass approved program and certification exam. Graduates must meet the state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-827. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is also required.

Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Medical Assistants are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student medical assistant must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode or cart.

Program Length: This program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates:
Day program: Fall quarter.
Evening program: Spring quarter.

Once a student begins in either the day or evening program section, they will be unable to change sections without authorization from an instructor. Changing program sections is dependent on available space.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with an instructor once the student has registered for MAP 104.

Students are required to show proof of a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma upon entry into the MAP. All MAP courses in quarters one through four, including general education courses, must be successfully completed before entering the fifth quarter. Before entering the fifth quarter Invasive Procedures course, students must show proof of current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status before they are able to receive entry codes for the fifth quarter. This includes, but is not limited to, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Tuberculosis skin testing, Flu, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

In order to participate in the externship, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and/or a Criminal Background Check. Students must also meet the requirements for the facility that they are assigned to. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, a drug screening and/or a no-smoking policy. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CAH 102 Medical Terminology 5
COLL 101 Foundation for Student Success 2
CAH 105CL Computer Applications for Allied Health Professions 5
MAP 104 Introduction to Medical Assisting 2
MAP 121 Body Systems Theory 101 4
MAP 124 Body Systems Applications 101 3
MAP 179 Health Insurance, Coding Practices, and Billing & Collecting 5
MAP 171 Automated Computer Applications 4
MAP 147 Body Systems Theory 102 4
MAP 163 Body Systems Applications 102 3
MAP 166 Body Systems Theory 103 4
MAP 169 Body Systems Applications 103 3
MAP 173 Accounting Practices 4
MAP 177 Financial Practices 2
MAP 182 Patient Reception & Legal Components 4
MAP 184 Medical Records Management 3
MAP 213 Preparation for Externship 4
MAP 210 Invasive Procedures 4
MAP 222 Community Employment Opportunities & Loc 1
MAP 215 Externship 8
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
MAT 108 Math for Health Occupations (or higher required) 5
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5
  Total Credits for Completion 89