~ Associate in Applied Science Degree ~
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org)
upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Fl 33756
Medical Assisting Description
The Medical Assisting program includes theoretical and laboratory experience that is competency-based. During their final semester, students are provided with practical experience in the clinical setting, including rotations in a physician’s office and hospital laboratory. A medical assistant will have triage responsibilities, provide direct patient care and education, obtain and test biological specimens, and assist providers in patient diagnosis by gathering patient history and performing physical assessment. Medical office management skills include the understanding of legal and ethical issues, confidentiality, recordkeeping, billing, scheduling appointments and referrals, coding, and processing insurance claims.
Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field; certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair.
Students must assume responsibility for transportation and/or other living costs to and from statewide clinical sites.
The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare students for employment in physicians’ offices, clinics, and hospitals. The curriculum provides students with current knowledge in both clinical and administrative procedures. The program is committed to providing students with a foundation of knowledge, skills and behaviors that will carry them into the work force and lifelong learning.
Program Goal and Student Learning Outcomes
To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), learning domains.
Upon completion of the program all students will:
I. Be prepared and eligible for the American Association of Medical Assistants certification examination.
1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will achieve passing grade on three mock certification exams which will be equal or greater than the national average for the first time takers.
II. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills within the boundaries of professional practice.
1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will gather factual information and apply it to a given problem.
2. Student Learning Outcome: Students will analyze logical connections among the facts relevant to a given situation.
III. Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families, and other health care professionals.
1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate oral communication within a medical setting.
2. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate written communication skills within a medical setting.
IV. Empathize and employ ethical principles and by showing respect for diversity of culture, age, and gender.
1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate empathy and respect for all patients.
2. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate ethical decision making within a medical setting.
V. Demonstrate technical proficiency on all skills necessary to for fill the role as a medical assistant.
1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate proficiency on all skill as a medical assistant.