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Medical Assistant Diploma

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare men and women to function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. This most often occurs in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics.

NIACC’s classrooms include the latest in computers, office, and laboratory equipment. The NIACC Medical Assistant Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). According to the MAERB 2016 Annual Report, North Iowa Area community College’s 5 year placement percentage for this program is 87.14%.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Entrance Requirements

Students are encouraged to meet with the counselor prior to program enrollment to arrange for assessment in keyboarding, reading, writing, and math to determine if additional course work is required to promote success. A minimum requirement of 35 wpm keyboarding is required to enter the program. A preadmission test will be administered to assist in eligibility to the program. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required upon acceptance to the program. A physical examination providing evidence of current immunization and sound physical and mental health is also required prior to Clinical Procedures I. Criminal background checks and adult/dependent abuse checks will be required. Drug testing may also be required by individual agencies. Results of these checks will be used by contracted clinical facilities to determine clinical eligibility. Costs for requirements will be the responsibility of the student.

Students must attain a grade point average of 2.00 (C) in program courses to proceed to the practicum. (A minimum grade of C- is allowed in Medical Office Procedures, Clinical Procedures I and II, Body Structure and Function (or Anatomy and Physiology I and II), and a minimum grade of C is required in Medical Terminology I and II.)* All first term courses must be successfully completed as stated above prior to entering into the second term. In addition, students must meet all course requirements prior to beginning the practicum. The student may be required to travel a distance for the practicum. Practicums are randomly assigned to the student and available sites are dependent on the permission of the specific agency. No remuneration is provided during the practicum experience.

Further information regarding progression in the program and specific program policies is provided to the MA student in the individual program handbook. Students are provided this handbook during the first MA class day. Students are referred to this handbook throughout the program.

Career Opportunities

Medical Assistant is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers through 2018, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants.

Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls, writing correspondence, serving as liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances.

Clinical duties include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.

Medical Assistants work in offices for:

    • Doctors
    • Clinics

Medical Assistants work with:

    • Medical equipment such as x-ray and EKG machines
    • Lab samples and equipment
    • Telephones, computers, and other office equipment
    • Patient medical records
    • Insurance forms and other papers

Gainful Employment

Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher and a minimum overall cumulative college grade point average of 2.00 (C), the student is awarded a Diploma. In addition, the student is eligible for the national certification examination to become a CMA-AAMA (Certified Medical Assistant).

Beginning with the January 2001 administration of the Certification Examination, a student with a felony record may not be eligible for Certification Examination unless the AAMA Certifying Board grants a waiver based on one or more of the mitigating circumstances listed in the Disciplinary Standards. The student can verify certification eligibility prior to entering the program by contacting the AAMA Certifying Board at the following address: AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants), 20 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 1575, Chicago, IL 60606-2903.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Term

BCA-129 Basic Word Processing 2 s.h.
BUS-121 Business Communications 3 s.h.
HSC-120 Medical Terminology I* 3 s.h.
HSC-150 Body Structure and Function*
OR BIO-206, Anatomy and Physiology I*
AND BIO-207 Anatomy and Physiology II *
4 s.h.
(4 s.h.)
(4 s.h.)
MAP-353 Clinical Procedures I 4 s.h.
16-20 s.h.
Second Term
MAP-401 Medical Law and Ethics
OR HIT-420 Legal Aspects of Health Information
1 s.h.
(2 s.h.)
ADM-215 Medical Office Procedures** 3 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
HIT-210 Basic Medical Insurance & Coding 2 s.h.
HSC-121 Medical Terminology II 3 s.h.
MAP-359 Clinical Procedures II 6 s.h.
18-19 s.h.
Summer Term
MAP-622 Medical Assistant Practicum 6 s.h.
6 s.h.
Total Program Hours 40-45 s.h.

*Body Structure & Function OR Anatomy & Physiology I and II must be completed within five years of beginning the clinical procedures I and II
**Prerequisites: BCA-129 Basic Word Processing, BUS-121 Business Communications, and HIT-125 Essentials of Health Records or MAP-353 Clinical Procedures I.

Courses may be taken over a two-year period with Clinical Procedures I and II taken in the final year. Students may re-enter Clinical Procedures I and II a maximum of one time. Students may repeat the Practicum one time only.