The goal of the Medical Assistant Proficiency Certificate is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Medical assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics and group practices. As multi-skilled allied health team members, medical assistants perform a variety of administrative and clinical procedures in these settings.
Students gain a basic knowledge of communication skills, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, laboratory procedures, administrative procedures and patient care techniques. These content areas are presented in the classroom, practiced in the laboratory and utilized in a 6-week supervised practicum experience in an ambulatory setting.
Students who complete the proficiency certificate for the Medical Assistant will be able to use these courses to continue their education and obtain an Associate Degree in Health Care Studies.
The Certificate will be offered at the College's Northeast Regional Center.