Medical Assisting - Certificate

Medical Assisting - Certificate

In our online Medical Assisting Program, you will learn administrative and clinical skills needed to assist patients and providers.

The online Medical Assisting Program from The College of Health Care Professions prepares students to become medical assistants. Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical tasks in healthcare settings. A medical assistant certificate is a great choice if you know you want to get into the medical field but are unsure of which specialty most interests you. With this career path, you will be versatile enough to work in both the front office as well as in a hands-on capacity with patients. This online program gives you the foundational knowledge you need to succeed in healthcare, and it is a great starting point for your healthcare career. With a certificate from CHCP’s Online Medical Assisting program, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a knowledgeable and skilled medical assistant.

Program Details

Program Length

Online: 40 weeks

Available Locations

Online
Courses
Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule V

Medical Assisting Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology

MACT 200

This course is an introduction to medical terminology of the human body and the anatomy of the human body and includes chemistry, the structure and function of membranes, cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Additionally, it covers the mechanisms of disease, human development, inheritance, normal physiological values, basic testing, diagnostic and imaging procedures, and pharmacology associated with the physiological function of the body. Prerequisite: None

Lecture60hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours60hr.
Credits4 

Human Relations, Patient Interaction, and Office Administration

MACT 215

This course includes practical application of the principles and concepts of behavioral science to interpersonal relationships in the Healthcare setting. Key concepts include empathy, strong communication, shared decision-making, and open professional and compassionate dialogue. Students will learn about diversity, attitudes, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills, as well as relationships with coworkers, supervisors and managers. It explores practice management, professional conduct and special challenges in patient relations and interaction with patients in stressful environments and assisting the patient in with issues and concerns that may arise in the course of treatment will be explored. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Clinical and Lab Procedures I

MACT 135

Emphasis on patient assessment, examination, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, office clinical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for ambulatory settings. In addition the corresponding lab processes such as Aseptic technique is explored, various laboratory departments and personnel, complete laboratory requisitions and practice laboratory safety. Students will also learn the basic principles of IV therapy. Prerequisite: MACT200

Lecture70hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours70hr.
Credits4.5 

Skills/Competencies Check-Off I

MACT 101

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Demonstrate competency in the clinical procedures such as sterile tray set up, use of autoclave, and taking and reporting vital signs. Prerequisite: MACT200

Lecture25hr.
Laboratory60hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours85hr.
Credits3.5 

Medical Clinical and Lab Procedures II

MACT 145

Students will discuss concepts of microbiology and disease transmission. Students will learn charting, vital signs, measurement, visual acuity, patient positioning and draping. Students will learn to identify instruments, perform sterile procedures to include suture removal, assist physicians in minor office surgery. Concepts of physical therapy, pediatric and geriatric care and medical office safety are discussed along with patient instruction and lab procedure collection such as venipuncture and capillary puncture, urinalysis and gram stain testing, incorporating learning parts of the microscope, hematology, microbiology and chemistry procedures. Prerequisite: MACT135

Lecture70hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours70hr.
Credits4.5 

Skills/Competencies Check-Off II

MACT 111

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Demonstrate student competency in occupational math and metric conversion, use of PDR, and comprehension of common pharmacology. Prerequisite: MACT 100

Lecture25hr.
Laboratory60hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours85hr.
Credits3.5 

Skills/Competencies Check-Off III

MACT 121

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Clinical skills such as cleaning wounds, screen bloods, and use of various laboratory equipment. Prerequisite: MACT 110

Lecture25hr.
Laboratory60hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours85hr.
Credits3.5 

Medical Insurance, Managing Medical Records and Basics of Medical Law and Ethics

MACT 216

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, health care law and ethics including the study of confidentiality, privacy, security, professional ethics, and healthcare legislation. Students will learn how to apply local, state and federal standards and regulations for the control and use of health information and healthcare settings. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

MA Certification Review

MACT 225

This course provides a review of the clinical skills necessary to prepare students for successful employment and certification/registration opportunities as a medical assistant. Prerequisite: MOD I through IV but may be taken in conjunction with MACT216

Lecture40hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours40hr.
Credits2.5 

Externship

MACT 300

This course will allow the student to gain hands-on experience in an appropriate medical facility. Prerequisites: Completion of all medical assistant classes, current on all financial obligations, and recommendation of the instructor and externship coordinator. Passing grade in all coursework and clinical competencies. Prerequisite: MOD I through IV but may be taken in conjunction with MACT216

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship180hr.
Total Hours180hr.
Credits4 

What Skills Will I Learn in the Medical Assisting Program?

As a graduate of CHCP's online Medical Assisting Program, you will be proficient in the skills necessary to be a quality medical assistant. Some of the skills you'll learn in our program include:

  • EKGs
  • Injections
  • Phlebotomy
  • Routine examinations
  • Patient history obtaining and recording
  • Vital sign recording
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Insurance, billing, and managing medical records
  • Human relations and patient interaction
  • Professionalism

With a Medical Assistant Certificate, you will be extremely versatile and able to perform in a front-of-office role as well as complete certain back-of-office tasks.

Certification Information

The College of Health Care Professions trains you for certification from the necessary credentialing agencies in medical assisting. 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.

The College of Health Care Professions also offers the Medical Assisting Program On-Campus

What Career Options Are Available for Medical Assistants?

With online medical assistant training, you will be able to work in one of many different healthcare settings, some of these 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

Career Outlook

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.

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 Online Program trains you in 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 & Health Services Manager
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Would you like more information on enrolling?

If so, simply fill out the form. Someone will be in contact soon to provide you with more information on how you can take the first step towards your new career.

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How Do I Enroll?

If you are ready to enroll in our Online Medical Assisting program, you must first have the following requirements:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass the Scholastic Level Exam (admissions test) with a minimum score of 13
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • Demonstrate professionalism and organizational skills

If you’re ready to take the first step towards your new career as a medical assistant, fill out the form! One of our counselors will contact you with more information!

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