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The Program – Medical Assisting Certificate (CMA: Certified Medical Assistant)

The demand for Medical Assistants is expanding rapidly.  MA’s are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices.  As multi-skilled personnel, they can perform administrative and clinical procedures.  Physicians value this unique versatility more and more, as managed care compels them to contain costs and manage human resources efficiently.

Medical Assisting continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in healthcare.  According to the 2019 US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Medical Assisting field has a 23% growth, which is faster than average for all occupations.  Physicians are hiring more MAs to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing physicians to see more patients.

Program Outcomes

The CMA certification exam passage rate for 2017 graduates is 95%. The 5- year average for exam passage is 98%.

Important Information for Program

Certification

Students who complete MTC’s Medical Assisting certificate program are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-1500, www.aama-ntl.org ).   The credential awarded upon successful completion of the exam is the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant). Students are also eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by American Medical Technologists (www.americanmedtech.org). The credential awarded upon successful completion of the exam is RMA (Registered Medical Assistant).  Students are also eligible for RPT (Registered Phlebotomy Technician) certification exam through AMT with additional phlebotomy hours as part of the practicum experience.

Convicted felons or individuals pleading guilty to a felony are not eligible to sit for the Medical Assisting certification exam unless the Certifying Board (CB) grants a waiver based on accepted mitigating circumstances.

Life Experience Credit

Life Experience Credit allows the college to grant credit for demonstrated competencies normally learned through traditional classroom attendance or for courses that do not meet traditional guidelines for the credit by exam process.

Life Experience Credit sources may include work experience. This experience needs to meet the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies as stated by MAERB through CAAHEP. For more information, contact Peggy Smith, Medical Assisting Director at 740-386-4178 or smithp@mtc.edu

Your Degree
Associate of Technical Study

Two-year (four semesters) full-time degree schedule; a mixture of business, communications, health applications, and information technology courses; includes field experience practicum.

What you’ll learn

Medical Assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties.  Below is a quick overview of the types of tasks a medical assistant does during a typical workday:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, Providers, and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate competent written and medical terminology skills.
  • Perform administrative duties such as:
    • Scheduling appointments, maintaining paper, and electronic patient records, utilization of computer software/electronic medical records, educate patients in general office policies and instruct individuals according to their needs.
  • Perform clinical duties such as:
    • Setting up sterile fields, suture removal, taking vitals and patient histories, collecting and processing specimens, performing CLIA-waived testing, performing patient screening, instructing and preparing a patient, assisting with procedures and exams, administering medications orally and through injections, performing electrocardiograms and pulmonary function testing, and basic first aid/CPR
  • Apply knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation, compliance reporting, and applying HIPAA rules in regards to privacy and release of information.
  • Maintain practice finances through the use of a Total Practice Management System (TPMS)
  • Perform dosage and mathematical calculations for the administration of medications.
  • Perform ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 diagnostic and procedural coding.
  • Perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patients, self, and others.
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including an awareness of how diversity may affect the communication process and patient care.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment.

Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the Medical Assisting ATS program, your application file should contain:

  1. MTC Application for Admission (nonrefundable application fee).
  2. Final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).
  3. A minimum 2.0 accumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  4. Successful completion of the ACT or Basic Skills Assessment (ACCUPLACER) in reading, writing, mathematics (algebra), and Technical Skills Test (TST).
  5. Completion of Medical Assisting program application.
  6. Completion of a successful criminal background check.

If required, college foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.  A complete listing of all requirements and policies/procedures for the program is available in the Medical Assisting Student Handbook which can be obtained on the College website.

Accreditation

Marion Technical College’s Medical Assisting Certificate 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

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu
740.389.4636

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