Allied Health

Medical Assisting Certificate

Overview

Students in the Medical Assisting certificate acquire a wide range of clinical, computer, communication, and organizational skills that prepare them for a multitude of positions in various medical environments. Medical Assistants are versatile, multifaceted professionals.

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

First Semester (Fall) Credits
GIT110   3
BIT103   3
BIO105  
Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology

This is an introductory course of human anatomy and physiology. The course starts with anatomical terms and basic cellular biology and then emphasizes the structure and function of several organ systems. The laboratory portion of the course involves the examination of slides, bones, models, and the dissection of a rat. (This course does not meet the Nursing and Dental Hygiene program requirements for Anatomy and Physiology.) (3 class hours / 2 laboratory hours)

Prerequisite: (MAT020 or MAT025), ENL108 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Natural or Physical Science general education requirement.

Note: For those planning on pursuing other health careers, (BIO107 or BIO251) and (BIO108 or BIO252) are recommended.

4
HEA134   1
MAC101   3
Intersession (January) Credits
PSY101   3
Third Semester (Spring) Credits
MAC205   3
MAC204   7
HEA202   2
Total Credits 29

Note: Students enrolled in Medical Assisting are required to maintain current CPR certification at the level of Healthcare provider or professional rescuer in MAC101 and MAC204.

Medical Assisting Certificate Admission Requirements

Admission into the Medical Assisting Certificate program requires that the applicant attend an information session. Students must also meet all health requirements (Immunization Requirements), the Medical Assisting Technical Standards, and pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. To remain in this program a student must maintain a 75% average in each required course, a satisfactory clinical evaluation, and adhere to the attendance policy.

Medical Assisting Certificate Technical Standards 
In order to be eligible for and successfully complete the Medical Assistant Certificate, certain physical and behavioral standards are required as part of the program and clinical/lab experience. These technical standards have been developed using the U.S. Department of Labor's skills and abilities for those working in a medical setting. Some cooperative work experience opportunities may have additional requirements beyond the technical standards listed here and requirements may vary by agency. Students must satisfy the program’s technical standards and the individual agency requirements before a clinical assignment is approved.

These technical standards are established in accordance with the Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act. All students must be able to satisfy these standards with or without a reasonable accommodation. These include:

Communication (Verbal and Non-Verbal)

Auditory Ability

Visual Ability

Physical Strength (Gross Motor Control)

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)

Behavioral/Mental Performance

The Immunization Requirements are available at: www.capecod.edu/registration/immunization.

Medical Assisting Certificate Graduation Requirements

Career Outlook

This occupational profile is provided by O*NET.

Completion of a program is based on full time enrollment. Many of our students attend part time and may not complete within the one year timeline.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, entry-level Medical Assistants are able to: