Our Medical Assistant proficiency certificate program will teach you how to perform clinical procedures in a variety of health care environments. You will learn how to obtain patient medical histories, take vital signs, administer medication, perform electrocardiography and vision screening, assist your physician with general and specialty examinations, and perform point-of-care laboratory testing. When you complete the proficiency certificate, you will know the correct terminology for diseases, symptoms, diagnostic treatment and surgical procedures, and how to integrate knowledge and skills related to the clinical responsibilities in order to effectively perform various tasks in an ambulatory setting.
|Course Number and Name||Credits||Advisory Notes||Course Type|
|AH 103 - Medical Terminology||3 credits||Major Course|
|AH 116 - Interpersonal and Professional Skills in the Health Care Setting||3 credits||Major Course|
|BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology*||4 credits||BIOL 108, a one semester course in Anatomy and Physiology is the minimum requirement for this Certificate. However, students who have completed the two semester anatomy and physiology sequence (BIOL 109-BIOL 110) may substitute BIOL 109-110 in place of BIOL 108, provided that they have completed both BIOL 109 and BIOL 110.||Major Course|
|3 credits||Must earn a grade of "C" or better||Major Course|
|AH 113 - Exam Room Procedures I||3 credits||Prerequisite: AH 103 with a "C" or better||Major Course|
|AH 115 - Exam Room Procedures II||3 credits||Corequisites: AH 103, AH 113, and BIOL 108 (or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110), which may be taken concurrently, all with a "C" or better.||Major Course|
|MLT 102 - Phlebotomy||4 credits||Must earn a grade of "C" or better||Major Course|
General Education Requirements:
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports.
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- Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
- Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
- Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
- Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
How well does it pay?
New workers generally start around $27,161. Normal pay for Medical Secretaries is $38,376 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $51,846.