This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane and Xenia locations.
Medical assistants perform clinical and administrative tasks in physicians and other health practitioners' offices and outpatient facilities. Specific duties vary from office to office depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. Administrative duties include answering telephones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments and laboratory services, updating and filing patients' medical records, filling out insurance forms, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Clinical duties include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining procedures to patients, preparing patients for and assisting the physician during examinations, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, sterilizing medical instruments, instructing patients on medications and special diets, preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, drawing blood, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures, and changing dressings.
The primary goal of the Medical Assisting Certificate program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Completion of this certificate will provide the student with the administrative and clinical skills needed for entry-level positions as a medical assistant. Students may fully apply this one-year certificate toward the completion of the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.
Embedded Certificates This certificate program contains one or more embedded short-term certificates, which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless students contact Records and Registration and indicate they do not wish to have the certificate credential awarded.
Technical Standards All students accepted into the Medical Assisting program must be able to perform the essential functions of the medical assistant with or without reasonable accommodations. These essential functions are linked to this program page on the College's web site and are also provided to students via the Medical Assisting Student Handbook. Students are required to sign a form indicating they have reviewed these requirements and submit it to the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator when they enter the program.
Liability Insurance Students will be billed for liability insurance for the directed practice courses.
Certification The Clark State Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/9355-113th St. N, #7709/Seminole, FL 33775/Telephone: 727-210-2350
Graduates of the certificate program successfully meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the national certification process through the American Association of Medical Assistants or another nationally recognized certification credential.
The Medical Assisting Certificate Program at Clark State has a job placement rate of 100% for the 2019 graduates, and an exam passage rate of 90% for the 2019 graduates. Clark State provides support services to facilitate the successful completion of the program. Graduates and the employers who hire these graduates of the Medical Assisting Certificate Program at Clark State, report a satisfaction rate of 100% for the past five years.
The program schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. In addition to the day program, offered at both the Springfield (fall semester start) and Xenia (spring semester start) campuses, the Medical Assisting program is offered as a part-time evening/weekend option on the Springfield campus with the MAS coures for this option starting in spring semester (January). Part-time evening/weekend students will still need to complete their unpaid, supervised Directed Practice clinical hours during the day. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.
Students must petition online (apply) for admission to the program. To be eligible to petition to the Medical Assisting program, students must meet the following academic requirements:
Reading: Appropriate score on reading placement test (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of college preparatory reading (ENG 0850 with a C or higher). Students are excused from reading placement tests if they have obtained a C or higher in a college-level English composition course or an appropriate recent high school senior English grade in accordance with College policy.
Writing: Appropriate score on writing placement test (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of college preparatory writing, (ENG 0900 with a grade of C or higher). Students are excused from writing placement tests if they have obtained a C or higher in a college-level English composition course or an appropriate recent high school senior English grade in accordance with College policy.
Math: Appropriate scores on math/algebra placement tests (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of MTH 0500 with a grade of C or higher within the past ten years. Students are excused from math/algebra placement tests if they have obtained a C or better in a college-level math course within the past ten years or an apprpriate recent high school Algebra II grade in accordance with college policy
Grade point average (GPA): A minimum cumulative Clark State transcript GPA of 2.0 (college preparatory courses are not included in the transcript GPA) as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the courses in the Medical Assisting curriculum.
Students who have met the petition requirements and submitted a petition are eligible to start the the Medical Assisting program's technical (MAS) courses. Students must contact the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator for academic advising and approval to enroll in the MAS courses. Students must maintain an overall C or 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for the courses in the Medical Assisting curriculum in order to be enrolled in MAS courses.
In order to progress through the program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C or better in BIO 1105 and all MAS and MST courses. Admitted students who drop out must complete and submit a request for reinstatement into the MAS courses. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and may be required to retake technical courses that are more than one to two years old to be considered for reinstatement.
Health and Directed Practice Requirements All Medical Assisting certificate students will complete 200 hours of directed practice at the end of the certificate program. The directed practice course hours are only available during the daytime hours.
All Medical Assisting students must meet health requirements, obtain a criminal background check, and have current Basic Life Support (BLS)/professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification prior to entering the directed practice course. Other requirements may be necessary depending on clinical site placement.
Graduation Requirements Student must pass all the required courses, have a Clark State cumulative transcript grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (college preparatory courses are not included) and have a C as a minimum grade in BIO 1105 and all MAS and MST courses.
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Kathy HarrisAssistant Professor, Health Technologies