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Medical Assistant
Why Choose Medical Assistant at CLC?

Strong internship placement opportunities with area health care facilities that open doors to a new career.

Team oriented classroom instruction to prepare students for teamwork in the healthcare field.

Impressive variety of equipment and resources to allow for realistic hands-on experience while learning.

Professional yet comfortable classroom learning environment.

Classroom time is conducive to non-traditional student schedules.

Opportunities for students to work in a variety of areas, i.e. Administrative, Clinical and Laboratory in the healthcare setting.

Successful completion of the national certification exam, CMA (AAMA), allows for employment across the United States.

Program Options
Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree
Medical Assistant Diploma
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
About the Program

The Medical Assistant Program at Central Lakes College was established in 2009 in order to provide an allied health educational program to meet the needs of the central Minnesota region. Clinical internships are arranged in a variety of health care facilities in the area. The mission of the Medical Assistant Program is to provide training and support to prepare students to be competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains essential for the successful practice of Medical Assisting.

The conceptual framework of the Medical Assistant Program is based on the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHHEP) 2008 Standards and Guidelines. The Standards and Guidelines require the inclusion of the following content areas: Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Law and Ethics, Psychology, Communication, Administrative Procedures, Clinical Procedures, Professional Components, and the Internship. In addition, there are 62 required skill competencies that must be assessed. These are entry-level competencies of the Medical Assisting profession.

The graduate of the Central Lakes College Medical Assisting Program will be able to:

1. Interact with patients, families, physicians and healthcare teams in a respectful and caring manner.

2. Apply administrative business and office procedures and implement medical documentation systems.

3. Assist physicians and healthcare teams in clinical procedures related to examination and treatment.

4. Effectively use quality assurance requirements in performing clinical and laboratory procedures.

5. Perform common diagnostic procedures under a licensed healthcare provider ensuring patient comfort and safety.

6. Demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes consistent with delivery of safe, ethical, legal and compassionate patient care.

Graduates will be eligible to successfully take and pass the National AAMA or AMT Certification Exams to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Graduates will be experienced in medical clinic protocol, familiarizing them with the transition into the work world.

Dawn L. Michel
Dawn L. Michel, worked as a Certified Medical Assistant for 29 years before returning to college to earn her AA degree from Central Lakes College in 2002, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a K-8 elementary education degree from Bemidji State University in 2005, and most recently a Master's degree in Education and Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2013. She holds certification as a Certified Medical Assistant from the American Association of Medical Assistants (CMA), and as an Allied Health Instructor (AHI) from the American Medical Technologists. Dawn's continued interest in the medical field led her to apply for the position at Central Lakes College when it was announced that they were adding the program offering in 2008. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, biking, reading, music, theater, and spending time with family and friends.

Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
Masters of Science in Education July 2013
Specialty: Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Career Courses for Adult Learning, Theory, Designing Instruction and Assessment May 2011

Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education May 2005
Specialty: Communication Arts and Literature

Willmar Area Vocational-Technical Institute (Ridgewater College) Willmar, MN Medical Office Assistant May 1976
Email Dawn for more information

Student Testimonials
Little Falls
I enrolled in the Medical Assistant Program at Central Lakes College because it was a one year program and most other ones are two years. I thought it would allow me to enter the work field sooner so I could provide for my family.
I have worked as a nursing assistant for thirteen years and absolutely love working in the medical field. My body has had enough and I needed to figure out something different to do with my life. A friend of mine told me about the Medical Assistant Program offered at Central Lakes College and I decided this is what I would enjoy doing and still work in the medical field. I am really enjoying all of my classes and find them very interesting. We were able to do a "shadow day" during fall and spring semester and I thoroughly enjoyed what I observed. I am looking forward to my internship during the summer.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Gainful Employment - Medical Assitant Diploma

Gainful Employment - Phlebotomy Technician Certificate