Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Certificate

~ Associate in Applied Science Degree ~

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Description

The Provider Practice Simulation Lab

The Medical Assistant Certificate program includes lecture and laboratory experience that is competency-based (hands on learning). Students master their skills in a state of the art Provider Practice Simulation Lab. During their final semester, students are provided with practical experience in the clinical setting, including rotations in a physician’s office and hospital laboratory.

Being a Medical Assistant 

Medical Assistants are one of the most versatile healthcare professionals. They are crossed trained to perform both clinical and administrative tasks within provider practices and various hospital settings. The Medical Assistant works alongside the provider gathering and maintaining comprehensive and accurate electronic health records. The medical assistant will provide direct patient care and education, obtain and perform diagnostic tests, and assist with a variety of in office clinical procedures.

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program at Kennebec Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19North, suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
 
 

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Mission

The mission of the Medical Assisting Certificate 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.

 

Goals and 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.

 

"This program is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.  This is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action program, adaptive equipment will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities." 
 

Certificate & Two-Year Associate's in Applied Science

Year One

Fall Semester I

Code

Course

Hours

Total Hours

MAS101

Introduction to Medical Assisting

3

17

MAS102

Medical Terminology

3

MAS115

Medical Assisting Clinical Theory

3

MAS117

Medical Assisting Clinical Lab

1

MAS110

Medical Documentation

3

BIO119

Survey of A&P

4

 

Spring Semester I

MAS114

Medical Office Law and Ethics

3

14

MAS211

Insurance & Coding for Medical Office

3

MAS215

Advanced Medical Assisting Clinical Theory

3

MAS217

Advanced Medical Assisting Clinical Lab

2

MAS220

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for Medical Office

3

Summer Semester I

MAS234

Clinical / Administrative Office Practicum

5

5

Certificate Total: 36

Pathway for Associate in Applied Science

Year Two

Fall Semester II

COM105

Interpersonal Communications

3

13

ENG101

College Composition

3

BIO214

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

General Elective

3

Spring Semester II

MAT111

Quantitative Reasoning

3

12

PSY101

Intro to Psychology

3

ENG219

Professional Writing

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

     

Total Hours

61

Click here for a checklist outlining this program's admissions requirements.

Career Opportunities

  Medical Assisting Students in action

 Medical Assisting is at the heart of healthcare. Employment opportunities include but are not limited to:

Family Practice

Express Care

Family Planning Centers

Specialty Practices: Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, Cardiology, Urology, Neurology, Wound Care, Nutrition, Rheumatology, Dermatology, and Dentistry

 

Clinical and administrative responsibilities may vary depending on the practice. Clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Vitals

Patient Education

Electronic medical record documentation

Exam Preparation

Assist with minor office surgery

Phlebotomy

Injections

EKG’s

Obtain and perform diagnostic tests

 

Administrative responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Scheduling appointments

Billing & Coding for insurance

Prior authorizations

Managing multiple computer applications

Professional correspondence

 

The Success of the Medical Assisting Program

 Every year the Medical Assisting Program surveys their graduates and employers to determine the overall satisfaction regarding KVCC’s Medical Assisting program. The surveys evaluate the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains to determine the graduate’s strengths and weaknesses. These surveys also allow feedback from employers that helps improve the quality of the program.  Rated statements within the survey included but are not limited to:

1.)    The amount of support available to students

2.)    Employer satisfaction with the graduates knowledge and skillset

3.)    The students overall satisfaction with the program

4.)    The students pass rate on the credentialing exam (Certified Medical Assistant – CMA,(AAMA)

The results over the last five years (2013-2017) For Graduate & Employer Satisfaction, and Credentialing Exam pass rate are summarized below:

    Graduate Satisfaction with the Program Employer Satisfaction with KVCC students The Rate at which KVCC students pass the Credentialing Exam
2017   100.00% 100.00% 95.24%
2016   100.00% 100.00% 85.71%
2015   100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2014   100.00% 100.00% 94.44%
2013   100.00% 100.00% 70.59%
Average over the 5 years.   100.00% 100.00% 89.16%


KVCC’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program is an excellent choice due to their exceptional retention rate, unbeatable student and employer satisfaction and their high pass rate on the credentialing exam. Always striving to be better, we have just completed a state of the art Provider Practice Simulation Lab for hands on experience. KVCC has expanded the faculty to provide even more support to our students. 

The Medical Assisting Program at Kennebec Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs www.caahep.org upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board MAERB.

 

Commission on Accreditation of Alllied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite158
Clearwater, FL   33763
727-210-2350
    

Criteria for Graduation

 Students must complete 36 credits in the Medical Assisting Certificate Program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses. Students must attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

                                                                                            

Program Contact:  Ann Walker CMA (AAMA), BS.  Medical Assisting Program Chair,  207-453-5005,  awalker@kvcc.me.edu

 

 

This committee is made up of physicians, area employers, industry leaders, sponsor administration, community members, current students and past graduates, and KVCC faculty members. The primary purpose is to help the College ensure that the program is relevant to the community, addresses current industry standards, meets workforce needs, and has appropriate resources to support high quality student outcomes. To accomplish this purpose, the advisory committee focuses on the specific functions of program development, curriculum review, program evaluation, instructor guidance, student recruitment, retention, and job placement.

 

Below you will find:

  • A list of current advisory committee members
  • The date of the next Medical Assisting Program Advisory Committee meeting
  • Minutes from past meetings 


Medical Assisting Advisory Committee Members

 

Ann Walker - Program Chair & Faculty

KVCC

awalker@kvcc.me.edu

 

Kathy Englehart - Sponsor Administrator

KVCC Academic Dean

 

Brittany Newby - Coordinator & Faculty

KVCC TAACCCT IV

bnewby@kvcc.me.edu

 

Paula Dube - Employer

Health Reach  

 

Marilyn Kenyon - Retired Employer

 

Clay Landry - Public Member 

Laurie Alexander - Employer

Northern Light Hospital

 

Barbara McCutcheon - Public Member 

 

Robin Doody - Employer

Northern Light Hospital

 Samantha Gayton - KVCC Student

 

Belinda Fletcher - Employer

Northern Light Hospital

 

Jessica Moody - Graduate-KVCC

Medical Assisting

 

Shea Gilbert - Employer

Redington Fairview Hospital

 

Holly Vanadestine - Medical Assisting Student

KVCC

 

Courtney Daggett PA-C - Physician

Redington Fairview Hospital

 

Lila Myers -Graduate-KVCC

Medical Assisting

 

Karen Dostie - Employer

Maine General Hospital

 

 

Thomas Beard - Retired Employer

 

Susan McLeod -Employer

Maine General Hospital

 

 

 

 

Richard R Hopper - Sponsor Administrator

KVCC President

 

 

The Date of the Next Medical Assisting Advisory Committee's Meeting is:

April 4th, 2019 at 8am

Frye Conference Room

Kennebec Valley Community College

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Past Meeting Minutes 

 

November 2018
April 2018
October 2017

April 2017 

November 2016 

April 2016

November 2015

 

 


This program is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.  This is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action program, adaptive equipment will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

 Program Contact

     

Ann Walker
(207) 453-5005
awalker@kvcc.me.edu
 
Brittany Newby
(207) 453-5851
bnewby@kvcc.me.edu 
 

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