Medical assistants are allied health practitioners who are educated to perform both administrative and/or clinical skills in an ambulatory or immediate care setting under the supervision of a licensed physician. The program is designed to prepare students who may wish to pursue a career in Medical Assisting, but may not wish to pursue a two-year degree. It is also designed for those who may want to pursue an additional certificate in the allied health care field.
The certificate program will prepare students to perform basic administrative skills including medical office procedures of scheduling appointments, telephone communications, medical records, medical terminology, billing, and insurance coding.
Students will be encouraged to apply the principles of professional and ethical conduct and to become involved with professional organizations. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of health care settings including private physician practices, immediate care offices, group practices, and family medicine centers. The skilled medical assistant is highly valued as a multi-skilled practitioner able to perform a variety of duties in these settings.
Students must successfully complete all administrative and clinical competencies before being placed in the internship. All criteria must be met before graduating, including a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, a minimum grade of 2.0 in all major courses, and successful completion of all performance objectives.