Medical Assisting

The Medical Assistant is a multiskilled health professional specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. (CAAHEP).  The Medical Assistant program  will prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills); and affective (behavior) in the following domain areas:
 
                                        1.    Anatomy & Physiology
                                        2.    Applied Mathematics
                                        3.    Applied Microbiology/Infection Control
                                        4.    Applied Communications
                                        5.    Administrative Functions
                                        6.    Basic Practice Finances
                                        7.    Managed Care/Insurance
                                        8.    Procedural and Diagnostic Coding
                                        9.    Legal Implications
                                       10.  Ethical Consideration
                                       11.  Safety and Emergency  


Accreditation
CAAHEP
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 19 review committees (Committees on Accreditation). 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, Phone: (727) 210-2350, Fax: (727) 210-2354; Web: http://www.caahep.org/

MAERB
Upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB); American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment; 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606; Phone: 1-800-228-2262, Fax: (312) 899-1259; Web: http://www.maerb.org/


Certification
Students who successfully complete the Level II Certificate or Associate Degree are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants; Web: http://www.aama-ntl.org/

For Information regarding job outlook and earning potential for Medical Assistants, click here.


Medical Assistant Program Degree Plans

1.    Level I Administrative Certificate

2.    Level I Clinical Certificate

3.    Level II Certificate 

4.   Associate In Applied Science Degree


Application Procedures
To be considered for admission to the Medical Assisting Technology program, interested persons should:

Many clinical sites utilized in the program require a background check and/or drug screen before the student can participate in the clinical portion of the program. In addition, be advised that no credit is given for experiential learning for students seeking either a degree or certificate in Medical Assisting Technology.

College Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College. The procedure for seeking admission to the College follows:

  1. Complete the Cisco College application 
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Turn in Official Transcripts
  4. Take Accuplacer (Associate Degree)

Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.

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