Medical Assisting, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

The medical field is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. As more doctors open offices or join established practices, the need for well-trained assistants increases. Medical assistants shoulder huge responsibilities. A day’s work could include: scheduling appointments, preparing patients for examination, recording vital signs, arranging hospital admissions, handling lab specimens, sterilizing instruments, calling in prescriptions, drawing blood, handling insurance, removing sutures, and taking electrocardiograms.

Medical assistant employment is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands. The increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities drives employment growth for support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant.

After completing the Medical Assisting program, the student earns a Certificate of Technology and is eligible to sit for three exams. These include the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) exam to earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification, the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam to earn a certificate from the American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) exam to earn the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) certification.

The San Jacinto College Medical Assisting 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
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Telephone: 727-210-2350

Fax: 727-210-2354

www.caahep.org

Career Opportunities

The San Jacinto College Medical Assisting Certificate of Technology prepares students for careers in the offices of:

  • Physicians,
  • Podiatrists,
  • Chiropractors,
  • Ophthalmologists, and
  • Other health practitioners.

Earning Potential

Medical Assistant: $34,218 per year1

For more information, students may contact one of the following:

281-459-5410 or email diana.johnson@sjcd.edu

281-998-6150, x7863 or email norma.torres@sjcd.edu

Links

Students may refer to the College website regarding Medical Assisting for more information.

Campus

North Campus

Information

The Medical Assisting program is designed to train medical assistant personnel to perform both administrative and clinical duties and to report directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Administrative duties may include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, handling billing, and bookkeeping. Clinical duties vary according to state law but can include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting physicians during examination.

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting program, the student earns a Certificate of Technology and is eligible to sit for two exams. These include the AAMA Certification Examination to earn the Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA) and the Registered Medical Assistant Exam to earn the RMA (AMT) certification.

The San Jacinto College Medical Assisting program is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of 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

Students may view the application packet and student handbook online at the Medical Assisting webpage.

Plan of Study

North Campus
4MED-ASST

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3
 Credits16
Second Term
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications 4
MDCA 1310 Medical Assistant Interpersonal and Communication Skills 3
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
 Credits16
Summer Year One Term
MDCA 1254 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 2
MDCA 1560 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 5
 Credits7
 Total Credits39

External Experience: MDCA 1560 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant

Note: Students must pass each course listed in the certificate for Medical Assistant with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to receive a certificate of technology.