The Medical Assistant program is offered as a certificate or two-year associate in applied science degree program that prepares students to work in a medical office and perform both administrative and clinical procedures. The program is offered in both full- and part-time class schedules. Both the medical assistant certificate and degree programs include hands-on clinical experience.
Medical Assistant administrative duties include scheduling appointments, patient registration and health insurance duties. Clinical duties include recording vital signs and preparing patients for examination. Medical assistants may also collect blood specimens, perform laboratory tests, sterilize equipment, instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare, and administer medications, authorize drug refills and perform EKGs.
Prospective students must follow specific registration criteria before being admitted into the program and follow the registration checklist located in the Medical Assistant registration packet.
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Medical assistants are one of the ten fastest-growing careers in health care. Medical assistants work alongside physicians and other providers mainly in out-patient or ambulatory facilities such as medical offices.
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The Medical Assistant, Associate in Applied Science degree teaches students billing and coding, how to maintain medical records, schedule appointments, record vital signs, collect blood specimens, perform basic laboratory tests and prepare and administer medications. The degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements and electives.
The Medical Assistant certificate requires a minimum of 39 credits in program requirements.
The College of DuPage Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
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Based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the percentage for the CMA (AAMA) exam pass rate from the 2018 graduate year was 86%.
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The first step to getting started in the Medical Assistant program is to read the Medical Assistant Registration packet. The packet contains a registration checklist that you will need to follow in order to be eligible for admission.
Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.
In accordance with program goals outlined by the American Association of Medical Assistants, College of DuPage Medical Assistant Program goals are: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matters required for competence in the profession and demonstrate competence in the following academic subjects:
Foundations for Clinical Practice
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Applied Mathematics
- Infection Control
- Concepts of Effective Communication
Medical Business Practices
- Administrative Functions
- Basic Practice Finances
- Third Party Reimbursement
- Procedural and Diagnostic Coding
Medical Law and Ethics
- Legal Implications
- Ethical Considerations
Safety and Emergency Practices
- Protective Practices
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