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Medical Assisting

 

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
MAT121  Medical Assisting I
BIO125  Medical Terminology
GER121  Introduction to Gerontology
MTH105  Math for Allied Health
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
NTR121  Basic Medical Nutrition
MAT122  Medical Assisting II
MAT124  Law & Ethics
COM122  Interpersonal Communication
ENG124  College Composition
PSY121  General Psychology
MAT221  Medical Lab Procedures
MAT222  Insurance for Medical Assisting
MAT223  Medical Office Procedures
MAT224  Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
PSY123  Human Growth and Development
MAT123  Medical Assisting III
MAT225  Emergency Medical Procedure
MAT226  Medical Office Management
MAT227  Medical Assisting Practicum
MAT233  Seminar
Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 71-72

DEGREE EARNED
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting

WHAT DO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS DO?
Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. The medical assistant frequently functions as the physician’s right hand, assisting with the instruction and treatment of patients and performing the administrative procedures needed to keep an office running smoothly. The medical assistant is skilled in human relations techniques and is required to deal effectively with patients and other allied health personnel in the health care delivery system.  

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.

Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Using computer applications including electronic medical record programs
  • Answering telephones
  • Greeting patients
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping

Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Taking medical histories
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • Drawing blood
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

ARE THERE JOBS OUT THERE?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2021, much faster than the average for all occupations. Medical assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012. Most of these assistants work in physicians’ offices and other healthcare facilities. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Modified Date: May 7, 2014

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Contact, Geraldine Todaro, Program Coordinator/Associate Professor of Medical Assisting Program at 330-494-6170 ext. 4233 or via email at gtodaro@starkstate.edu

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Stark State Medical Assisting Program is accredited for 10 years (2012-2022) 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater FL 33756
727.210.2350

Stark State College's Medical Assisting Program is located at the Stark Regional Campus. 6200 Frank Avenue NW North Canton OH 44720. 330-966-5458. www.starkstate.edu.

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

IMPORTANT: Beginning with the January 2001 Certification Examination, felons are not eligible to sit for the examination unless the Certifying Board (CB) grants a waiver based on one or more of the mitigating circumstances listed in the Disciplinary Standards.

POLICY: STUDENTS SHALL NOT RECEIVE COMPENSATION/PAYMENT, MONETARY OR OTHERWISE, FROM THE PRACTICUM SITE. PRACTICUMS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE AAS DEGREE IN MEDICAL ASSISTING, ADVANCED PHLEBOTOMY AND PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN