Hours of Instruction provided: 628
Outside Preparation Hours: 198.75
Weeks of Instruction: 39
Semester Credits: 30
Classes are offered in Residence and Distance Learning/Hybrid format. All students are required to complete numerous classroom quizzes, laboratory procedures, and homework assignments. Additionally, students will be required to take and pass the mid-term and final exams and show proficiency in medical assisting administrative and clinical skills. Students will be required to attend residentially for the medical assisting laboratory/clinical portion of the program.
The externship for Medical Assisting begins after the completion of the second medical assisting module. The medical assisting externship requires 160 hours of documented competency in a number of medical assisting front-office skills such as greeting patients, patient registration and/or discharge, EMR/EHR documentation, answering telephones, communicating with internal/external medical office partners, and appointment setting; the medical assisting clinical skills (back office) includes but is not limited to infection control, taking patient vitals, injections, venipuncture, specimen collection and testing, dressings changes, Autoclaving, handling prescription refills, EKG’s, and assisting the physician(s) with patient examinations.
Library services, tutoring and job placement assistance are available for all students.
Financial Aid is currently pending approval for the MA program.
Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession in which practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative duties and clinical procedures.
The MA program provides training on the basic knowledge and skills for students interested in careers in the health care field working in an entry level position as a Medical Assisting. A certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Students who are enrolled in Medical Assisting are admitted with the goal of obtaining a medical assisting certification. Graduates are encouraged to take the national certifying exam. Passing this exam entitles the candidate to the credential CCMA (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) offered by NHA (National Health Career Association); or RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) offered by AMT (American Medical Technologists). This program is accredited by ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools)
Those applying for the MA program must possess a High School Diploma, High School Equivalency, or GED to be considered eligible for admission to the programs offered by the Medical Career College of Northern California. All applicants are required to take and pass the school’s entrance exam, the Wonderlic, with a minimum score of 20 and the Spatial Acuity Test with a minimum score of 6. Those interested in enrolling in the hybrid program must score a minimum of 23 on the Wonderlic.
Students must complete all areas of the program with a cumulative GPA of 75% or better and satisfactorily complete the externship program in an approved medical facility. In addition, students must satisfy all financial obligations to the school to receive their “Certificate of Completion”.
How To Enroll
Prospective students can contact the Medical Career College by phone, email, or in person, if they would like to inquire about enrollment. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to come in to interview with the School’s Admissions Director and tour the school. Once a decision has been made, the prospective student is given the school’s entrance exams. Upon passing the exams, students are required to fill out the enrollment packet and pay the registration fee of $225.00.
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