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Medical Assistant - Certificate

Medical Assistant - Certificate

Begin a career in health care as a Medical Assistant in as little as nine months. 

With the Medical Assistant Program at The College of Health Care Professions, you will be able to begin your new career as a dedicated health professional ready to join the in-demand health care field and help patients have a positive experience. A medical assistant completes administrative, procedural, and certain clinical tasks in a health care settings and serves as a liaison between patients, insurance companies, providers, and specialists. Medical assistants work in a variety of environments like hospitals, medical offices, outpatient facilities, and surgical centers. This certificate program will give you the opportunity to discover your potential in the medical field, providing a fundamental foundation to guide your success as a medical professional along with providing a great starting point to further your career in health care.

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Program Details

Program Length

Blended Length: 36 weeks

Program

Blended Program Locations

CHCP’s MA Blended Certificate is designed to take 36 weeks.

We offer our blended program at all of our campuses across Texas: Austin (AUS), Dallas (DAL), Ft. Worth (FW), Houston Northwest (HNW), Houston Southwest (HSW), Houston Astrodome (AST), McAllen (MCA), San Antonio (SA), and South San Antonio (SSA).

Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VIModule VIIModule VIII

Master Student/Study Skills

MSS130

Students will become familiar with basic study and learning skills to include learning styles, goal setting, memorization techniques, reading comprehension, note taking, test taking, critical thinking, effective communication diversity, and technology. Prerequisite: None

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours8hr.
Credits0.5 

HIPAA / OSHA / Infection Control

HIP130

Students will learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This course will identify rights for individuals and the processes that health care providers must implement to support individual rights. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the rules for the use and disclosure of information. Students will learn about transmission of disease, hand washing techniques and gloving. This course will ensure that students are aware of biohazards and airborne pathogens, including infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Students must demonstrate infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Prerequisite: None

Lecture10hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours10hr.
Credits0.5 

Overview of Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology

OAPT130

Students will learn and Identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body, as well as medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols that are necessary tools for building a medical vocabulary. This course covers general treatment of the sensory, skeletal and muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, Circulatory, Urinary and reproductive, and integumentary systems. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

A&P A - Nervous System and Special Senses

MA301

Students will learn the specific terminology and learn and identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body as they pertain to the Nervous System and Special Senses. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Medical Psychology/Human Relations*

MA313

Students learn how to deal with difficult patients, abnormal behavior and terminal illness and specific needs of patients and emotional family crisis as well as interaction with employers/co-workers. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Clinical Procedures A

MA302

Students will learn skills with emphasis on patient assessments, physical examination, assist with eye and ear care and treatments as directed by physician: Includes vital signs, specimen collection and documentation of patient information, medical asepsis, office clinical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for ambulatory settings. Student will complete skills competencies. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory16hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Medical Office Procedures/Management

MAAS213G

Students will learn manual and computerized records management, how to take patient histories, filing, appointments and scheduling, basic bookkeeping, billing/collections, banking/payroll, telephone techniques, safety of the medical office and professional conduct. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Insurance and Managing Medical Records

MAAS211G

This course introduces students to the subject of medical health records. Students consider inpatient and outpatient scenarios and the differences between paper and electronic files. The course explores the advantages and risks of electronic medical records with a focus on HIPAA compliance. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

A&P B – Muscular, Skeletal and Digestive Systems

MA303

Students will learn the specific terminology and learn and identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body as they pertain to the Muscular, Skeletal and Digestive systems. Research Assignment 2 – Career Services Prep Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Medical Clinical Procedures B

MA304

This course introduces sources and forms of drugs, drug classifications, drug effects on the body systems, and basic concept of administration and calculation of dosages. Students will also learn the basic principles of IV therapy; review vital signs; patient education; Concepts of physical therapy, pediatric and geriatric care and medical office safety are discussed and performed. Students will complete skills competencies. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture20hr.
Laboratory28hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits1.5 

Medical Law and Ethics

MA305

The students will learn the legal relationships of physicians and patients, contractual agreements, professional liability, malpractice, medical practice acts, informed consent, and bioethical issues. Emphasis is placed on legal terms, professional attitudes, and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

A&P C - Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems

MA306

A&P C - Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture32hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits2 

Medical Clinical Procedures C

MA307

This course introduces phlebotomy; clinical laboratory procedures; EKG’s; CPR Certification; Pulmonary Function Testing. Students will review vital signs, aseptic technique, and charting, patient education and medication administration. Students will identify parts of the microscope, as well as perform hematology, microbiology and chemistry procedures. Students differentiate various laboratory departments and personnel, complete laboratory requisitions and practice laboratory safety. Students as assisting with minor surgeries, medical emergencies and emergency readiness. Students will complete skills competencies. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture28hr.
Laboratory36hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits2.5 

A&P D – Integumentary and Endocrine Systems

MA308

Students will learn the specific terminology and learn and identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body as they pertain to the Integumentary and Endocrine systems. Research Assignment 4 – Career Services Prep. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture32hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits2 

Electronic Health Records

MA309

This course reviews the history of and current state of the electronic health record, trends, healthcare information applications such as clinical information systems, administrative information systems, and management support systems. Students will explore the transition from a paper based health record to an electronic health record and the associated issues. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture28hr.
Laboratory36hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits64 

A&P E – Urinary and Reproductive System

MA310

Students will learn the specific terminology and learn and identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body as they pertain to the Urinary and Reproductive systems. Research Assignment 5 – Career Services Prep. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture32hr.
Laboratory9hr.
Externship9hr.
Total Hours50hr.
Credits2 

Medical Clinical Procedures D

MA311

Students will learn to perform Urinalysis (physical/chemical/microscopic); students will identify and assist with life span specialties and specialty exams, students will also review proper charting. Students will complete skills competencies. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours36hr.
Credits1 

Medical Administrative Procedures

MA312

Medical office procedures including appointment scheduling, medical records creation and maintenance, interpersonal communications, bookkeeping tasks, coding, billing, collecting, third party reimbursement, credit arrangements, and computer use in the medical office. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory20hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours28hr.
Credits1 

Customer Service/Professionalism and Career Preparation

CSP201

This course will teach the student about professionalism, including work-place behaviors that result in positive business relationships. Students will learn goal-setting, stress-management, time-management, professional dress, etiquette, diversity in the work place relationships, excellent customer service, communication at work, conflict management, job search skills, building resumes, and interview techniques. Prerequisite: Module I - VII

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory18hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits2.5 

Cert Prep

MAC301

Certification Prep allows the student to review for a state or national registry. This is done by using review material and the use of practice exam that covers all areas of the exam. Student will complete exam application and take certification exam. Prerequisite: Module I - VII

Lecture15hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours30hr.
Credits1.5 

Externship

MAX301

Students will be able to apply in a practical setting the professional skills learned in the classroom, as a Medical Assistant. Prerequisite: Module I - VII

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship180hr.
Total Hours180hr.
Credits4 

About the Medical Assistant Program

The goal of our Medical Assistant Certificate Program is to prepare you for a career as a medical assistant. You will learn how to take vital signs, record patient history, perform EKG injections, and more. Graduates from our program are well-trained in both clinical and administrative skills; this versatility allows them to be utilized at the front desk as well as in a hands-on, medical capacity. In addition, we emphasize professional communication, so you will be able to communicate well with coworkers, patients, and other medical personnel.

The College of Health Care Professions also offers the Medical Assisting Program Online

Medical Assistant Externship and Certification Information

Included in both programs is a 180-hour externship which is built into both programs to put learned skills into practice with our local health care employer partners to allow our student to gain real-life work experience.

We also train you for certification from the necessary credentialing agencies. Upon graduation, you’ll be more than ready to take the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the National Association of Health Professionals. This certification cost is included in your tuition.

What Skills Will I Learn?

As a graduate from CHCP’s Medical Assistant program, you’ll be equipped with all of the knowledge you need to be an entry-level medical assistant. Some of the skills and knowledge your will acquire include

  • EKG injections
  • Phlebotomy
  • Routine examinations
  • Patient history obtaining and recording
  • Vital sign recording
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Insurance, billing, and other administrative duties
  • Professionalism

With medical assistant training from CHCP, you will become a versatile team member with the ability to provide structural support to administrative, clinical, and laboratory departments.

 You can learn more about our employment partners in the Career Services page. Our Career Services team works with each student to ensure they are aware of their career options and trains them in interview skills for the health care career of their dreams.

The career of medical assisting has grown substantially, and it’s projected to continue growing over the next decade. From 2018 to 2028, it’s expected to grow by 23%, which is much higher than the average growth for all other occupations. The growth is believed to be caused by the aging baby boomer population. As the generation gets older, they’ll need more medical care, and physicians will have to hire more medical assistants to assist with the workload.1 To receive up-to-date information on medical assistant salary, employment, and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Career Options Are Available?

With medical assistance training, you will be able to work in one of many different health care settings. Some of those include

  • Private physician office
  • Group medical practice
  • General medical hospital
  • Surgical hospital
  • Long-term medical care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities for the elderly
  • Clinical laboratory

Is There Room for Further Advancement?

Once you have your Medical Assistant Certificate, the opportunity for future careers in the medical field is really just beginning. Our Medical Assistant Program will train you with the foundational medical knowledge necessary to branch out into a variety of specialties. Consider what interests you most and where you think you will be happiest when selecting further career advancement. You can decide to advance in the clinical sector or you can advance in medical administration. Here are some paths to consider:

Clinical Paths and Specialties:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Podiatry
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Chiropractic
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics

Administrative Career Advancements:

  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

You can learn about our specialized advancement tack through our Accelerate Program. This program is built with you in mind and offers several degree programs that will save you time and money on the way.

If you are ready or if you need more information, simply fill out the form to have one of our admission advisors contact you. Soon you will be on your way to your new healthcare career as a medical assistant.

How Do I Enroll?

If you are ready to enroll, just make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A Scholastic Level Exam score of at least 10 (score of 13 for the online program)
  • The ability to read and write in English

If you are interested in applying, you can reach out to admissions by calling your local CHCP campus or fill out the form to have an admissions advisor reach out.

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