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Medical Assistant Diploma

Why Choose Medical Assistant Diploma 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.

MAERB 5 Year Weighted Outcome Reporting for Central Lakes College, Staples, MN, Medical Assistant Diploma Program 2016
The five-year weighted average for Placement of the Diploma Medical Assisting Program at Central Lakes College, Staples, MN is 86.54%, based on the 2016 Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

MEDICAL ASSISTANT DIPLOMA

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester

BIOL 1404  Human Biology (3 cr)

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

MEDA 1110*Clinical Procedures I (3 cr)

MEDA 1120  Laboratory Techniques I (3 cr)

MEDA 1130  Ethics and Issues (2 cr)

MEDA 1132*Phlebotomy (2 cr)

MEDA 1135  Administrative Procedures I (3 cr)

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

PNUR 1140  Medication Calculations for Healthcare Careers (1 cr)

Total 19 Credits

Spring Semester

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

MEDA 1115*Clinical Procedures II (3 cr)

MEDA 1125*Laboratory Techniques II (3 cr)

MEDA 1137*Administrative Procedures II (2 cr)

MEDA 1141  Disease Conditions (2 cr)

MEDA 1142  Pharmacology (2 cr)

Total 15 Credits

Summer Semester

MEDA 2150*  Medical Assistant Internship (5 cr)

Total 5 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 39 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

**NOTE: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification is required before working with patients.

 

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.

Special Program Requirements:

Accreditation: The Medical Assistant 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 (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

727-210-2350

www.caahep.org

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 is Fall semester. High school diploma or GED required. Healthcare Provider CPR is a prerequisite for this program. 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

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