MEDICAL ASSISTING CERTIFICATE

Medical Assistant Certification Training

Medical assistants are an integral part of the healthcare team. They work under the direction of a physician, so they must be well versed in various areas of the medical field. Because assistants typically perform both clinical and administrative duties, they have a wide skillset and expansive knowledge of the healthcare system and field.

At our career training college, we offer a medical assisting certificate to help prepare students for a job as a medical assistant. During their time with us, students will be exposed to multiple areas of a medical practice so that their transition to working in this field is easier.

Through our program, students will gain knowledge of both the clinical and administrative duties required for this career path. Along with assisting patients, they will learn how to perform laboratory tasks including blood chemistry and urinalysis as well as clinical skills involving EKGs, vital signs, injections, and venipuncture.

With hands-on education and a required externship, our students will have the opportunity to work under the direction of a physician before graduation. Our medical assistant certification programs in North and South Carolina are available at our Charlotte, Charleston, and Columbia SI campuses.

Those students who successfully complete the program will be awarded with a certificate upon graduation. They are also eligible to have their names submitted to the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination as well as the National Health career Association to sit for the following certifications:

  • CCMA – Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • CMAA – Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • CPT – Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The following additional certification examinations may be taken for a fee:

  • CET – Certified EKG Technician
  • CEHRS – Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
  • CPCT – Certified Patient Care Technician

Objectives of Our Medical Assisting Certificate

As with all of our career training programs and degrees, our goal is to train students for entry-level employment in their chosen field. In this particular instance, students who successfully complete this program should leave prepared to become an entry-level medical assistant. They may strive to work at private physician offices, hospitals, or various other healthcare facilities.

Prerequisites

Students who wish to apply to our medical assistant certification program and go through our admissions process should meet the follow prerequisites:

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass the entrance examination
  • Take and pass a background check and drug screening if applicable

Medical Assisting Certificate Course Outline

To receive a certificate in medical assisting at our school, students must complete 31.0 semester credit hours (1070 Clock Hours). This certificate program can be completed in 8 months for full-time students or in 14 months for part-time students. An externship is required coursework and evening students must complete the externship program during the day.

Credit Hours Clock Hours Federal Student Aid
Clinical Procedures 3.5 125 3.33
Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 4.5 125 3.33
Medical Terminology 1.0 31.25 .84
Lab Procedures I 4.0 125 3.33
Lab Procedures II 4.0 125 3.33
Medical Office Management 3.0 93.75 2.50
Medical Billing & Coding for Medical Assistants 4.0 125 3.33
Externship I 3.5 160 4.27
Externship II 3.5 160 4.27

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