Medical Assisting (MA)
STUDENT HANDBOOK  
Program of Study


Program Description

The Medical Assisting Program prepares the student with the knowledge, skills, and distinctive qualities necessary for the medical assisting profession. The medical assistant possesses a broad scope of skills which make them ideal allied health professionals in the ambulatory care setting.

During this program, students will learn vitals, EKG, venipuncture, injections and pharmacology, assisting in minor office surgery, waived testing, patient advocacy and education, medical terminology, basic anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, as well as medical office administrative tasks. Such versatility affords graduates the opportunity to find employment in clinics, urgent-care facilities, primary care and specialty physician offices, including podiatry, chiropractic, and optometry. Medical assistants have also found employment in medical laboratories, surgical centers, and electrocardiography departments in hospitals, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Core coursework can be completed in two semesters, followed by a 5-week externship (180 hours). A Certificate of Achievement may be earned by completing all courses with a grade of “C” or better and passing externship (ALH 94).

The medical assisting profession is highly diversified, and the work is challenging and personally rewarding. 


Program Requirements and Course Sequence

Students must complete the core courses listed below in order to earn the Certificate of Achievement in medical assisting. Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with a grade of “C” or higher in ALL courses required of the program. A “P” (pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in this program with the exception of ALH 94.

All coursework must be completed in order to participate in ALH 94. Students must be prepared to complete ALH 94 immediately following the completion of all other course work, or as placement allows. Externship (ALH 94) scheduling commitments generally follow standard business hours M-F 8-5.

In order to progress through the allied health courses, students must demonstrate competency in both the theory and clinical components. Failing or Withdrawing from any one of the semester’s co-requisites courses requires withdrawal from all of that semester’s co-requisites.​

Program Sequence

​Semester One

Course Title​ Semester Units​
ALH 101 Medical Assisting Core​ ​6
ALH 102 Administrative Medical Assisting​ ​6

​Semester Two
Course Title​ Semester Units
ALH 103 Clinical Medical Assisting I ​6
ALH 104 Clinical Medical Assisting II ​6
   
​​Semester Three (180 hour externship)
Course Title​ Semester Units
​​ALH 107 Medical Assisting Professional Develoopment ​0.5
ALH 94 Medical Assisting Clinical Experience​ ​​3

Program Courses                                                          27.5 units
Total for Certificate of Achievement                         27.5 units

Students will continue to be quizzed on the basic human anatomy and physiology of all body systems as well as medical terminology throughout the program. Staying current on this information is critical to certification.


Preparing for Externship
Students will be placed in an externship following the successful completion of prerequisite coursework. It is expected that students be available Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm for 180 hours in order to satisfy ALH 94 requirements. This is a big commitment. Please start planning accordingly.

The following are required prior to enrollment in ALH 103: 
  • Proof of high school diploma
  • Copy of current negative tuberculosis screening
  • Proof of immunizations or immunity
  • Health Data & Physical Exam Form (signed)
  • Health Data & Physical Exam Form Part II (completed and signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant)
  • Technical Standards form (signed)
​​​Please note: It is highly recommended that students obtain the Hepatitis B vaccine series before the second semester of the Medical Assisting Program.






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