Medical Assisting Certificate

Program Description

The Medical Assisting program will train individuals to work under the supervision of a physician, providing medical office administration and clinical duties that include patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination, and administering medication and first aid. The program will include courses in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, health insurance and office procedures, pharmacology terminology and calculations and ethics and law. Students will gain practical experience by completing two clinical courses plus an internship and seminar.

Medical Assisting professionals will see increasing opportunities for employment in the light of escalating health care costs. In order to keep operating costs in line, doctors and clinics want trained professionals with skills to provide good patient care and office management to expedite increasing insurance paperwork.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Medical Assisting Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

HIM 150 Technical Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 147 Med. Assisting Clin. Tech 1 (4)
HIM 156 Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
HIM 110 Human Anatomy and Disease (3)

Minimester

HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures (3)

Second Semester

HIM 247 Medical Assisting Clin. Tech II (4)
HIM 252 Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 254 Law, Liability, and Medical Ethics (3)

Summer Semester

HIM 261 Seminar (1)
HIM 265 Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 30