Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a medical assistant. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals and specialty courses in medical assisting. Simulations of patient examination rooms, a laboratory, and a front office reception and business area in the allied health laboratory allow for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills. Clinical practice in local physician’s offices and clinics provides actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as a medical assistant.
This certificate program is 66 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Part-time study is also available. A program application is required, with thirty students accepted annually by use of a competitive point system. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a medical assisting certificate.
This certificate 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 (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756; 727.210.1350. The optional associate of applied science degree in medical assisting requires the student to complete 28 additional credits for a total of 94 credits.