Medical Assisting

Contact(s): Starra Herring

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Coursework includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations, assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals. If possible, individuals desiring a career in medical assisting should take biology, mathematics, and typing courses prior to entering the program. Students are admitted to the Medical Assisting program during the fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform the skills of a medical assistant under the guidance of a supervising physician.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical assistant responsibilities in office management and patient care.
  • Interpret verbal and written communication relevant to safe and effective medical office and patient care practices.
  • Comply with ethical, legal, and professional guidelines as a member of a health service profession.
  • Use computer programs to perform office clerical skills.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in the performance of entry-level medical assisting.
  • Perform entry level Competencies/Psychomotor (skills), Cognitive (knowledge) and Affective (behavior) for a Medical Assistants as developed and published by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
  • Perform all administrative and clinical procedures, which are assigned by a supervising medical assistant with a high degree of technical skill, effectiveness, efficiency and safety as an entry-level medical assistant.

Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Diploma Program, at Stanly Community College is awarded a 1 + 1 program, which means that all AAS graduates also receive the Diploma and 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).

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA)
Assisting Endowment
20 N. Wacker Dr.
Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-1500
www.aama-ntl.org

The Medical Assisting program accepts a maximum of 30 students for entry each fall semester.

Minimum Expectations

“To prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”

Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Perform the skills of a Medical Assistant under the guidance of a supervising physician as evaluated by successfully completing a clinical practicum with a grade of 78 or higher.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of medical assistant responsibilities in office management and patient care as demonstrated by a grade of 78 or above on mock CMA Certification exam.
  4. Interpret verbal and written communication relevant to safe and effective medical office and patient care practices as demonstrated by a grade of 78 or above on the exam for "Therapeutic Communication Skills" in MED 260.
  5. Comply with ethical, legal and professional guidelines as a member of a health service profession as demonstrated by successful completion on exam "Medical Law and Ethics" with a grade of 78 or above in MED 260.
  6. Use computer programs to perform office clerical skills as demonstrated by successful completion of administrative practicum with a grade of 78 or above.

Medical Assisting – Associate in Applied Science – A45400

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting 1
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3
MED 130 Administrative Office Procedures I 2
 Credit Hours20
Spring
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MED 131 Administrative Office Procedures II 2
MED 140 Examining Room Procedures I 5
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I 5
MED 240 Examining Room Procedures II 5
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours23
Summer
MED 260 MED Clinical Practicum 5
 Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fall
BUS 137 Principles of Management 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MED 264
Medical Assisting Overview
or Medical Insurance Coding
2
MED 270 Symptomatology 3
 Credit Hours11
Spring
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
3
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours68

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

Medical Assisting Diploma Option – D45400

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Medical Assisting Diploma Outcomes

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting 1
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3
MED 130 Administrative Office Procedures I 2
 Credit Hours20
Spring
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MED 131 Administrative Office Procedures II 2
MED 140 Examining Room Procedures I 5
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I 5
MED 240 Examining Room Procedures II 5
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours23
Summer
MED 260 MED Clinical Practicum 5
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours48

Medical Assisting Certificate Option – C45400

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting 1
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3
MED 130 Administrative Office Procedures I 2
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MED 131 Administrative Office Procedures II 2
MED 232 Medical Insurance Coding 2
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics (may be taken Fall or Spring) 2
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours18

Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Option - C45400M

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MED 131 Administrative Office Procedures II 2
MED 232 Medical Insurance Coding 2
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours18

Medical Assisting - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
MED 110Orientation to Medical Assisting1
MED 118Medical Law and Ethics2
MED 121Medical Terminology I3
MED 122Medical Terminology II3
MED 130Administrative Office Procedures I2
MED 131Administrative Office Procedures II2
MED 232Medical Insurance Coding2
Total Credit Hours18
 

The Medical Assisting AGE Pathway offers students a place to begin their journey toward a career in Medical Assisting.  The AGE pathway gives students the opportunity to complete all of the general education courses required in the Medical Assisting program.  After completion of these courses, students who choose to continue in to the degree program will be able to focus on Medical Assisting specific courses.

For more information, please contact:  Melanie Alexander

AGE Pathway

ACA 111College Student Success1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
BUS 137Principles of Management3
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
PSY 150General Psychology3
Humanities *3
Elective *37
Total Credit Hours64

*Humanities list

Choose 3 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3

*Elective list 

Choose 37 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
ART 116Survey of American Art3
ART 117Non-Western Art History3
BIO 110Principles of Biology4
BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
BIO 140Environmental Biology3
BIO 140AEnvironmental Biology Lab1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
BIO 165Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 166Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 275Microbiology4
BUS 110Introduction to Business3
BUS 115Business Law I3
BUS 137Principles of Management3
BUS 228Business Statistics3
CHM 131Introduction to Chemistry3
CHM 131AIntroduction to Chemistry Lab1
CHM 132Organic and Biochemistry4
CHM 151General Chemistry I4
CHM 152General Chemistry II4
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
CIS 115Introduction to Programming and Logic3
CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 141Corrections3
COM 231Public Speaking3
CSC 134C++ Programming3
CSC 139Visual BASIC Programming3
CSC 151JAVA Programming3
CTS 115Information Systems Business Concepts3
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 252Principles of Macroeconomics3
EDU 216Foundations of Education3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
ENG 113Literature-Based Research3
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
ENG 231American Literature I3
ENG 232American Literature II3
ENG 233Major American Writers3
ENG 241British Literature I3
ENG 242British Literature II3
ENG 251Western World Literature I3
ENG 252Western World Literature II3
ENG 253The Bible As Literature3
HEA 110Personal Health/Wellness3
HIS 111World Civilizations I3
HIS 112World Civilizations II3
HIS 121Western Civilization I3
HIS 122Western Civilization II3
HIS 131American History I3
HIS 132American History II3
HIS 236North Carolina History3
HUM 110Technology and Society3
HUM 115Critical Thinking3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 121The Nature of America3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
HUM 180International Cultural Exploration3
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
MAT 152Statistical Methods I4
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra4
MAT 172Precalculus Trigonometry4
MAT 263Brief Calculus4
MAT 271Calculus I4
MAT 272Calculus II4
MAT 273Calculus III4
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
PED 111Physical Fitness I1
PED 113Aerobics I1
PED 120Walking for Fitness1
PED 121Walk, Jog, Run1
PED 125Self-Defense: Beginning1
PHI 215Philosophical Issues3
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics3
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1
PHY 151College Physics I4
PHY 152College Physics II4
POL 120American Government3
POL 210Comparative Government3
PSY 150General Psychology3
PSY 237Social Psychology3
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3
PSY 263Educational Psychology3
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 111Eastern Religions3
REL 112Western Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 213Sociology of the Family3
SOC 232Social Context of Aging3
SPA 111Elementary Spanish I3
SPA 112Elementary Spanish II3
SPA 141Culture and Civilization3
SPA 161Cultural Immersion3
SPA 181Spanish Lab 11
SPA 182Spanish Lab 21
SPA 211Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 212Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 281Spanish Lab 31
SPA 282Spanish Lab 41