This certificate program is designed for the student interested in an entry-level position as a medical assistant in a medical office. The program provides lecture as well as competency-based training in both administrative and clinical procedures. There is also a non-compensated externship experience in which students work in an actual ambulatory care setting. Externship hours are scheduled during the day, Monday through Friday. Externship sites may have their own requirements that students must meet prior to their externship experience. Medical assistant certificate students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all required courses. It is possible that students will be required to repeat MAP and/or PLB courses, based upon the time sequence when these program courses were completed. Prior to externship, students must provide appropriate health examination record(s) and all required tests and immunizations, along with a urine drug screen and criminal background checks. Prior criminal records may prohibit you from program externship and employment opportunities. Students must also have a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider certification. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists national certification exam in medical assisting.*
There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.