A Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health care professional who performs administrative and clinical duties under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner. A student completing this certificate program is qualified to work as a medical assistant in a variety of settings including medical offices, outpatient facilities, health maintenance organizations, health departments, business and industry and insurance companies.
The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Progression in the medical assistant program is determined academically by the minimum grade of a C+ (78 percent) in each medical assistant course (AHEA 109 , AHEA 111 , AHEA 112 , AHEA 113 , AHEA 114 , AHEA 115 and AHEA 126 ). Refer to each course syllabus regarding specific grading requirements. Each course may be repeated only once. An attempt is counted if a student fails or withdraws from the course. In all other required courses, students must earn a minimum grade of C.
All courses must be completed within two years to facilitate the student’s success in the externship setting and the national certification examination. The instructors have determined the following as critical areas and students should be conscious of the time frames. If the time limit has been exceeded (one year from completion for AHEA 111 , AHEA 112 and AHEA 115 ; two years from completion for AHEA 100 , AHEA 109 , AHEA 113 and AHEA 114 ), a mandatory validation of knowledge and skills is necessary prior to enrolling in the externship (AHEA 126 ). Contact the program director to make the necessary arrangements.
Students who intend to enter this program must meet the standards required by the health care profession. This may include (but is not limited to) drug screens, criminal background checks, immunizations, a physical examination, and program performance standards. Refer to the Medical Assisting Student Handbook for more details.
Montcalm Community College 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 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
www. caahep. org
MCC’s Health Careers programs require a clear criminal background check result. Students with a conviction history may not be eligible to participate in any Health Careers program at MCC and should consult with an attorney to discuss their options.
Students interested in receiving an associate degree should meet with a counselor.
Prerequisite courses may apply to this program. A minimum of 30 unduplicated credits (100 level or higher) are required for all certificate programs.