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 112 Orientation to Clinic Setting I 1
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 Hours18
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 232 Medical Insurance Coding 2
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3
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 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 Hours66

*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 112 Orientation to Clinic Setting I 1
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 Hours18
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 232 Medical Insurance Coding 2
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours23
Summer
MED 260 MED Clinical Practicum 5
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours46

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