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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.

Medical Assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties.

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 are also eligible for RPT (Registered Phlebotomy Technician) certification exam 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 Certificate

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).  

Pathway to MA-ATS degree

What you’ll learn

Administrative duties may include the following:

  • Greeting patients
  • Updating paper and electronic medical records
  • Coding (procedural and diagnostic) and filling out insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
  • Demonstrating professional, interpersonal, oral and written communications skills

Clinical duties vary, but may include the following:

  • Preparing and administering medications (oral and injections)
  • Taking medical histories and performing vital signs
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during an exam
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens including phlebotomy (blood collection)
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

Career Information

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Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the Medical Assisting certificate 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, 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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