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Medical Assistant Technology (492E)

Southern State Health Sciences Banner, Billing & Coding Specialist

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 Assistant Technology Program view:

Jobs and Salary

Additonal information can be found in the the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or the Summary Report for Medical Assistant Technology.

The program is designed to be completed in three semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Students should complete the program within the specified timeframe. Admission to the Medical Assistant Technology Program requires written acceptance by the Medical Assistant Program Director according to the admission requirements listed on the Medical Assistant Technology Program application packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the Medical Assistant Technology Program. Continuation in the Medical Assistant Technology 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 Assistant Technology 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 Assistant Technology Application and the Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 2. Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 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. 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)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Allied Health Office to personally deliver your completed program application or review option for e-submission. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Allied Health 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 Medical Assistant Technology Certificate

Fall Semester | Year One

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1101 Introduction to Medical Assisting & Procedures 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: 36 plus any pre-requisites

Step 2 - Pathway to 492 Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Completion of the Medical Assistant Technology Certificate is stackable within the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting Degree Program. Most of the required AAS Pathway courses include online offerings, allowing degree completion while working in the field. Meet with the Program Director for a complete Program Outline for A.A.S. Medical Assisting - See Program 492/492E.

Fall Semester | Year Two

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 | Year Two

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
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 Bachelor's 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 Southern State Community College Medical Assistant Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
  • Clearwater, FL 33763
  • 727.210.2350
  • www.caahep.org
MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM OUTCOMES
5-Year Weighted Average
(based on 2018 Annual Report)
SSCC Cohort Graduate Satisfaction
(SSCC program graduates returning surveys)
Employer Satisfaction
(Respondents with SSCC graduates employed in the field)
Credential Exam Passage
(Of graduates completing credentialing exams)
2018 Data Collection in Process Data Collection in Process Data Collection in Process
2017 100% 100% 86%
2016 100% 100% 85.71%
2015 100% 100% 85.71%
2014 100% 100% 85%
2013 100% 100% 90.91%
5-Year Aggregate 100% 100% 86.66%

The Medical Assisting Program, now with an accredited certificate offering within an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, was first offered in the 1978 catalog and began the data collection process for program accreditation application in 1991. Initial program accreditation was awarded in 1994, with re-accreditation in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014, and 2018, with ongoing program accreditation reassessment survey to be completed in 2028.

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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