The Medical Assistant program prepares students as multi-skilled health care workers who function as assistants to physicians and other health care professionals in a variety of ambulatory care settings. The responsibilities of the medical assistant include administrative and clinical duties.
An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing (AHESN) courses.
Medical assistant applicants are required to take college placement tests in math, reading and English. Any deficiencies must be remedied prior to registering for AHM 106 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I. This course requires departmental approval as students must progress through the curriculum in sequence.
Certain functional abilities that will enable the student to competently perform required technical skills are necessary for successful completion of the Medical Assistant program. Students may be removed from the program for violation of patient safety, confidentiality or behavior incompatible with acceptable standards pending outcome of the appeal process.
In addition to the normal tuition and fees, medical assistant students are required to purchase uniforms, miscellaneous supplies, personal health insurance and a program package from Certified Background to be cleared for clinical site placement.
Selected clinical externships will be provided in local medical offices under the supervision of the allied health faculty. These externships are work/learning experiences for which the student receives no monetary remuneration or other reimbursement. Students are required to carry liability insurance during the externship period and the cost is included in the tuition.
Medical assistant students are required to sit for the national certification examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) at a designated time during enrollment in the Medical Assistant Practicum AHM 199 Medical Assistant Externship. The cost of the exam is included in the program’s tuition.
Documentation of completion of the following must be on file in the Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing Department prior to entering the Medical Assistant Practicum (AHM 199). Additional fees are required to gain clearance for clinical site placement.
- All Medical Assistant applicants are required to submit a clear FBI Criminal Background check (which includes fingerprinting), a Criminal Background check and a Child Abuse Clearance form from the state of residency. Students who have been convicted of a prohibitive offense contained in Act 13 and/or Act 169 (a detailed list is available for review in the Admissions and Allied Health Offices) may not be able to complete their studies because clinical experiences needed for course/program success may be prohibited. Students must be free of all prohibitive offenses contained in the Act for 10 years prior to the beginning of the externship. Individual situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis. If a student cannot complete their clinical studies, they will not be able to complete the Medical Assistant program. Students who are in the Medical Assistant program are required to immediately divulge any misdemeanor or felony convictions or pending charges [any criminal charges as yet unresolved by the courts] that may occur while in the program to the Medical Assistant Program Director.
- All medical assistant students will need to have on file the results of a complete physical examination including: laboratory tests, seasonal influenza vaccine, a 10-panel urine drug screen and a two-step Mantoux PPD prior to beginning the clinical externship component of the program. Please refer to the pre-entrance medical record health form requirements from the Program Director.
- Additionally, students must have medical health insurance for the duration of the externship and be in compliance with recommendations for the Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Full CPR Certification is required and you must submit a photocopy (both sides) of the CPR Certification Card. For example, an acceptable CPR course is the “BLS” (Basic Life Support) from the (American Heart Association) which is renewable every two years.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
- Perform the administrative and clinical duties necessary to serve as a medical assistant, assistant to a physician and other health care professionals.
- Describe the ethical and legal issues associated with the medical assistant profession.
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals to provide care to patients in an outpatient setting.
- Apply clinical reasoning skills to accurately triage patients with acute and chronic disease processes in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to safely prepare and administer proper dosages of medications.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information including electronic health records.
|PSY 140||General Psychology||3|
|AHM 233||Medical Terminology||3|
|DPR 100||Introduction to Information Technology||3|
|AHM 104||Body Structure and Function I 1||3|
|ENG 100||English Composition I||3|
|AHM 140||Professional and Communication Issues in Health Care||3|
|AHM 102||Introduction to Health Care||3|
|AHM 105||Body Structure and Function II 1||3|
or MAT 121
|Modern College Mathematics
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
|AHM 106||Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I||4|
|SOC 110||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|AHM 185||Medical Office Management||4|
|AHA 207||Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management||3|
|AHM 107||Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II||4|
|AHM 130||Medical Coding Concepts for Allied Health||3|
|AHM 220||Applied Microbiology||1|
|AHM 208||Pathophysiology and Pharmacology||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|AHM 199||Medical Assistant Externship||6|
The Delaware County Community College 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 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Over the past five years, the Medical Assistant Program at Delaware County Community College has awarded 89 associate degrees and 53 certificates. Graduate surveys for both programs (AAS & Cert) demonstrated 100 percent satisfaction rates.
Retention Job Placement Exam Participation
Program 2017 2018 2017 & 2018
AAS 90.67% 72.73% 100%
Cert 82.35% 92.86% 100%