Search
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt
Search in comments
Filter by Custom Post Type

Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree 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.

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.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

MEDICAL ASSISTANT A.A.S. DEGREE

Program Course Requirements

**NOTE:  American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR is a prerequisite before working on patients.

Required Technical Courses

HINS 1150  Intro to Diagnosis and Procedure Coding  (3 cr)

MEDA 1110*  Clinical Procedures I  (3 cr)

MEDA 1115*  Clinical Procedures II  (3 cr)

MEDA 1120  Laboratory Techniques I  (3 cr)

MEDA 1125*  Laboratory Techniques II  (3 cr)

MEDA 1128  Medical Terminology  (1 cr)  OR  PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology (1 cr)

MEDA 1130  Ethics and Issues (2 cr)

MEDA 1132*  Phlebotomy (2 cr)

MEDA 1135  Administrative Procedures I  (3 cr)

MEDA 1137*  Administrative Procedures II  (2 cr)

MEDA 1141  Disease Conditions (2 cr)

MEDA 1142  Pharmacology  (2 cr)

MEDA 2150*  Medical Assistant Internship  (5 cr)

PNUR 1130  Life Span  (1 cr)  OR  PSYC 2431 Human Development (3 cr)

PNUR 1140 Medication Calculations for Healthcare Careers (1 cr)

Total 39 credits

General Education

An associate in applied science degree requires a minimum of 15 general education credits selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  Students must include within the General Education component the following courses:

AMSL 1410  American Sign Language (Goal 8) (4 cr)  or  SPAN 1401  Beginning Spanish (Goal 8) (4 cr)

BIOL 1404  Human Biology (Goal 3) (3 cr)

COMM 2420  Intercultural Communication (Goals 1, 7) (3 cr)

ENGL 1422  Practical Writing (Goals 1, 2) (3 cr) or  ENGL 1410  Composition I (Goal 1) (4 cr)

Choose additional 1-2 credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Total 15 credits

Electives

Choose 9 additional credits.

Total 9 credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Detailed Program Information

Career Description: According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the need for health care support workers to meet both short-term and long-term workforce needs is high. In Minnesota, the employment for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for other occupations. A medical assistant will have direct patient contact and work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Medical assistants are multi-skilled individuals who are able to competently perform clinical and laboratory duties including collecting medical histories, taking and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for examinations and x-rays, administering medications, removing sutures, changing dressings, sterilizing medical instruments, preparing examining room equipment and instruments, assisting the physician during examinations, preparing laboratory specimens, drawing blood, and performing basic laboratory tests. They may also perform duties that include answering phones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, as well as other administrative duties.

Program Information: The Medical Assistant Program is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the rapidly growing, high-demand field of health care support. Instruction is focused to enable graduates to perform clinical, laboratory, and administrative tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health care practitioners running smoothly. The general education credits allow students the opportunity to obtain an AAS Degree. By doing so, students become more well-rounded in their knowledge of the world around them when interacting with patients, families, providers and healthcare team members.

Special Program Requirements:

Students must complete Healthcare Provider CPR working on patients.

Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0; and
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% (15) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Accreditation: The Medical Asstistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). In addition, the program is also accredited by the American Medical Technologists.

Certification: Upon successful completion of all coursework and a 225 hour clinical internship, students will prepare to sit for the national AAMA certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) AAMA, or to sit for the national AMT certification exam to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).

Admissions: Progression through the program is sequential. Admission start date for the Medical Assistant courses is Fall semester. High school diploma or GED required. Students may have completed general education requirements or wish to take those prior to or after completing the program courses. Please contact the Admissions Department on the Brainerd or Staples campus for information or to apply to the program.

Career Opportunities: Because the medical assistant is cross-trained in administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties, the occupation is in increasingly high demand as the population ages and the need for health care increases. Employment options are varied and can be found in clinics and hospitals, as well as other medical facilities.

Career Titles: Students may take a national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant or Registered Medical Assistant.

Advisory Board: The Medical Assistant Advisory Board consists of members from the community, the college, and area healthcare facilities.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Interact with patients, families, providers and healthcare team members in a respectful and caring manner;
  • Apply administrative business and office procedures and implement medical documentation systems;
  • Assist providers and healthcare team members in clinical procedures related to examination and treatment;
  • Effectively use quality assurance requirements in performing clinical and laboratory procedures;
  • Perform common diagnostic procedures under a licensed healthcare provider ensuring patient comfort and safety; and
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes consistent with delivery of safe, ethical, legal and compassionate patient care.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: Some courses within the program may be used as elective credits toward an associate degree.

Instructors

dawnDawn L. Verdon
Dawn L. Verdon, 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

Sara
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.

Kim
Brainerd
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.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
X
X