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Medical Assistant
Associate in Technical Arts


Medical Assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform in a wide range of skills in physicians' offices and other health care settings. Program graduates assist physicians and other health care practitioners on many aspects of medical practice, including patient care management, administrative, and clinical procedures. Clinical procedures include: assisting with physical examinations, phlebotomy (blood draw), administering injections, performing electrocardiograms (EKG's) and instrument sterilization.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Perform administrative tasks using computer software to research and organize data for medical information systems.
  2. Demonstrate efficiency in maintaining accurate and well organized patient medical records.
  3. Effectively use oral and written communication skills as they relate to a medical office environment.
  4. Perform within legal & ethical boundaries, including issues of patient confidentiality.
  5. Recognize the impact of cultural differences in care of patients.
  6. Use problem-solving/critical thinking to identify proper clinical procedures/processes, including infection control guidelines (Standard Precautions) as determined by the Center for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
  7. Prepare and maintain examination and treatment areas.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a patient for and assist with routine and specialty examinations and procedures, including obtaining/documenting vital signs and body measurements.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of basic pharmacology and medication administration.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory procedures performed in the medical office laboratory, including venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  11. Recognize and be able to respond to medical office emergencies within the scope of training.
  12. Demonstrate ability to maintain medical office equipment and supplies.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

AHC 107 Medical Records 3
BTEC 102 Skillbuilding I 3
BTEC 260 Medical Terminology 4
COMM 101 Written Communications 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
HLSV 121 Intro to Healthcare 2
  Total Credits 15-17

Winter Quarter, First Year

BIOL& 170 Human Biology 5
HLSV 140 Medical Assisting Intro 5
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, First Year

BTEC 233 Files Management 3
BTEC 261 Medical Office Procedures 5
BTEC 270 Medical Math 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total Credits 18

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Fall Quarter, Second Year

BTEC 266 Medical Law & Ethics 3
HLSV 141 Clinical Procedures I 10
Health & Fitness Distribution 3
  Total Credits 16

Winter Quarter, Second Year

HLSV 142 Medication Administration 6
HLSV 146 MA Laboratory Procedures 5
HLTH 154 Community First Aid & CPR 1
NURS 108 ECG for Healthcare Professionals 2
  Total Credits 14

Spring Quarter, Second Year

HLSV 143 Clinical Procedures IV 6
HLSV 144 MA Externship Seminar 1
HLSV 145 MA Clinical Externship 6
  Total Credits 13
(Updated 2013)