Medical Assisting

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Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Accreditation

The Alamance Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(800) 228-2262
www.maerb.org

In addition to the course work, the Medical Assisting program also requires 208 hours of clinical externship in a medical office. Externships are supervised by an instructor and an on-site resource person. Students are not permitted to receive any monetary compensation for their externship, but you will have an opportunity to work directly with patients to gain real-world experience in the field.

Program Outcomes (2020 Annual Accreditation Report)

Retention (2018) Job Placement (2018) Exam Passage (2018)
92.86% 83.67% 85.71%

 

Employment Opportunities

Upon graduation students are eligible to work in physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, hospital clinics, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other related areas.

Pre-Medical Assisting

Students are admitted under the Associate in General Education Degree until they have met the admissions requirements for the program. Faculty members advise students as to the courses they should take before formal admission. All developmental requirements may need to be completed before admission or registration into some courses.

Admission

The following requirements must be completed for admission:

  • Official High School Transcript or equivalent mailed or hand delivered in the original, sealed envelope from the awarding institution.
  • Updated ACC application with a declaration of Medical Assisting as the major area of interest.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education mailed or hand delivered in the original, sealed envelope from the awarding institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on all previous college work
  • Placement testing for Math and English or approved waiver
  • Complete all DRE courses.
  • Complete DMA 010, 020, 030.
  • Completion of MED 116 Introduction of Anatomy and Physiology with a minimum grade of 70.
  • Appointment with admissions coordinator or Medical Assisting Department Head and/or faculty member.

Students who are admitted to the medical assisting program should be full-time students and follow the semester-by-semester curriculum plan.

For more specifics on admissions criteria contact the department head or Student Development.

Progression

The following requirements must be met for a Medical Assisting Student (A45400) to progress through the program:

  1. Student in the first semester of the curriculum are classified as Pre-Medical Assisting Students and must complete MED 116 and MED 121 with a grade of 70 (C) or better to be admitted in to the Medical Assisting Program.
  2. Any General Education classes taken by the Pre-Medical Assisting Student must passes with a grade of 70 (C).
  3. Pre-Medical Assisting Students may repeat MED 161 and 121 a total of 3 times. (This includes withdraw pass.)
  4. Medical Assisting Students must maintain an overall quality point average of 2.0.
  5. Medical Assisting Students must not receive a grade less than B (80) in any Medical Assisting course.
  6. Medical Assisting Students are allowed to take a course in the Medical Assisting Curriculum only 2 times. (This includes withdraw pass). If a grade of less that 80 is made on a repeat course, the student is not eligible for progression.
  7. Student must then follow the requirements for re-admission.
  8. Medical Assisting Students must submit to a criminal records check, drug testing or other requirement before students are allowed to progress to the clinical practicum

Clinical sites may require a criminal records check, drug testing or other requirements before students are allowed to participate at their facility.

Readmission

  1. Students who are dismissed from the Medical Assisting Program or choose to miss a semester may not take any Medical Assisting courses.
  2. Applicants for readmission into the Medical Assisting Program must schedule an appointment with the Department Head of Medical Assisting to discuss the possibility of readmission to the program. The following considerations will determine readmission:
    1. Past performance and academic standing in the Medical Assisting Program.
    2. Reason(s) for the interruption of the previous enrollment.
  3.  Accommodations, if necessary, to prevent issues that could result in withdrawal or dismissal from the program again
  4. Students may be asked to remediate classes, tests, or competencies depending on the past performance and /or academic standing.
  5. Readmission is only granted 1 time.
  6. All requirements for readmission must be met.
  7. Readmission is not necessarily automatically granted.

Technical Standards

Students entering the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office and in the program handbook.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Medical Assisting Applicants

Students are admitted under the Associate in General Education Degree until they have met admissions requirements for the Medical Assisting Program. Medical assisting faculty members advise students as to the courses in the medical assisting curriculum they should take before formal admission. All developmental requirements must be completed before admission. Students may take ACA111, MED 110,  MED 121, and MED 122 during this time.

Medical Assisting (Evening Option)

Students admitted in the evening option are subject to the same admission and progression criteria as a day schedule student. Students entering in the evening option are considered part time and should graduate three and one-half years after entering the Program, with no interruptions in progress through the curriculum.