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Medical Assisting (492)

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Offered on: Central Campus (Day)

Nature of Profession

The Medical Assistant is trained to work primarily in a physician's office. They may choose to work as a receptionist in a hospital or physician's office, a transcriptionist, insurance specialist, financial secretary, billing and collection specialist, laboratory assistant, or a clinical assistant involved in patient care.

To learn more about careers related to the Medical Assisting Program view:

Jobs and Salary

Additional information can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Summary Report for Medical Assistants, or at Ohio Means Jobs.

The program is designed to be completed in five semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Some students may choose to pursue the degree on a part-time basis (within eight semesters). Students should complete the program within the specified timeframe. Admission to the Medical Assisting Program requires written acceptance by the Medical Assisting Program Director according to the admission requirements listed on the Medical Assisting Program application packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the Medical Assisting Program. Continuation in the Medical Assisting Program requires a minimum grade of "C" in MAST/ALTH courses, a minimum grade of "C" in all other required courses and a minimum cumulative and most current completed term grade point average of 2.4 to participate in the practicum experience. There is a time limit on completion of program requirements. Algebra and biology courses should have been completed within the past five years or updating courses is required. Graduates are eligible to earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exam and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential through American Medical Technologists (AMT) credentialing exam.

Step 1 - Apply for Admission to Southern State.

Step 2 - Thoroughly read and complete the Medical Assisting Application

Enrollment in Medical Assisting courses is limited. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after the above criteria are met. After acceptance, but before beginning their practicum experience, students will be required to:

  • 1. provide medical examination and immunization information indicating they meet the health requirements (have the physical and emotional stamina) to pursue this career for practicum experiences;
  • 2. complete a criminal background record check at the practicum orientation with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences; delayed results will require dropping the scheduled practicum;
  • 3. complete a standard drug screen with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences;
  • 4. purchase student liability insurance;
  • 5. provide proof of or purchase personal health insurance; and
  • 6. purchase the required student uniform.

Application Submission

Application Accepted: February 1 until available seats are filled

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents.

  • 1. Medical Assisting Application and the Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 2. Eligibility for Clinical Placement
  • 3. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate. Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 4. AND one of the following:
    • (A) printed copy of your Southern State Course History listing, including previously received transcript information, verifying minimum GPA of 2.0, and completion of ENGL 0097 or 0099 and MATH 1116 with a final grade of C or higher (review pre-requisite options for ENGL 1101 and MATH 1135). Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted) OR
    • (B) SSCC ACCUPLACER Assessment scores indicating readiness for ENGL 1101, MATH 1135 and a minimum Work Keys Assessment Level Silver OR
    • (C) TEAS Assessment Level Basic

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Medical Assisting Office to personally deliver your completed program application or review option for e-submission. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Medical Assisting Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor may disqualify a candidate from being certified by the State of Ohio (as outlined in Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code).

Core Education and Open Enrollment MAST/ALTH courses may be completed prior to entry into the program or during the appropriate semester of the medical assisting program.

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements of the below courses.

Step 1 - Pathway to A.A.S. Medical Assisting Degree

Meet with the MAST Program Director to discuss recommended course options for completion of AAS in Medical Assisting - See Program 492 / 492B / 492E. Completion of the Medical Assistant Technology Certificate is stackable within the AAS in Medical Assisting Degree Program (see Year 2 below). Most of the required AAS Pathway general education courses include online or hybrid offerings

Fall Semester | Complete prior to, or following completion of, 492E Medical Assistant Technician Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CSCI 1101 Computer Keyboarding 1
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Spring Semester | Complete prior to, or following completion of, 492E Medical Assistant Technician Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2206 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
PSYC 1111 Life Span & Human Development 3

Step 2 - Pathway to 492E Medical Assistant Technician

Fall Semester | Year One

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1101 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MAST 1111 Medical Administrative Procedures 3
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
MAST 2212 Medical Transcription 3
MAST 2218 Medical Billing & Coding 3

After successful completion of Semester 1 courses, you may be eligible to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credential through National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) credential though NHA, and the Certified Coding Assistant (CCA) credential through American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Spring Semester | Year One

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1160 Electronic Health Records 2
MAST 2215 Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MAST 2220 Emergency Medical Procedures 3
MAST 2230 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 3
MAST 2240 Clinical Procedures 3

After successful completion of Semester 2 courses, you may be eligible to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) credential through American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Summer Semester | Year One

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
MAST 1126 Clinical Practicum I 1
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MAST 2226 Clinical Practicum II 1
MAST 2297 Medical Assisting Review 2

After successful completion of Semester 3 courses, you are required to complete one credentialing exam and may be eligible to earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential through American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential though AMT and the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential through NHA.

Program Total: 60 plus any pre-requisites

Pathway to Phlebotomy Technician Credentialing Exam

Spring Semester

Add ALTH 2201 - Phlebotomy Technology and ALTH 2225 - Phlebotomy Practicum to be eligible to complete the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) credential through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) credential through American Medical Technologists (AMT) and/or the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Step 3 - Pathway to Bachelors Degree

Transfer to one of our Partner Universities for a Bachelor's in Healthcare Management OR Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration.

  • Franklin University
  • University of Phoenix

Goals:

  • To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • To maintain a Medical Assisting program consistent with the guidelines of the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), with Ohio statues and regulations for the college.
  • To maintain a Medical Assisting program that is up-to-date with the changing health care field.
  • To work with students, college, and community to provide a program that meets the needs of health care and the communities of interest.

Objectives:

  • Review literature, publications, and attend seminars that are health-related to maintain awareness of changes in the health care field and instructional/educational changes.
  • Review and revise the Medical Assisting curriculum on a regular yearly basis.
  • Review and revise the Medical Assisting program course syllabi on a regular yearly basis.
  • Maintain the scheduled meetings of the Medical Assisting Advisory Committee to gain information on local health care in order to incorporate this into the curriculum.
  • Survey practicum sites to gain input into the strengths and/or weaknesses of the Medical Assisting program and incorporate this information into the Advisory Committee and into curriculum review.
  • Maintain an active professional development program to keep staff abreast in current health care and in education/instruction.
  • Encourage participation in the Medical Assisting Student Organization (MASO) and in community projects that are health related. The student organization is governed by its membership with the approval of actions by the Faculty Advisor

The Medical Assisting / Allied Health Office is located in room 182 on Central Campus and operates Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

  • PHONE
  • 800.628.7722 x2739
  • MAILING
  • Medical Assisting/Allied Health Office
  • Southern State Community College
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, OH 45133

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