Medical Assisting

2014-15 Edition

Cascade Campus
Technology Education Building (TEB), Room 103
971-722-5667

www.pcc.edu/ma

Career and Program Description

Those training in the Medical Assisting Program will find occupations involved within various aspects of health care in clinics and physicians’ offices. The medical assistant performs a variety of clinical and administrative duties. Clinical duties may include: assisting physicians and preparing patients for examinations; taking and recording vital signs and medical histories; performing venipuncture, spirometry, and electrocardiograms; and preparing, administering, and documenting medications; collecting and processing specimens. Administrative duties may include: scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls; corresponding authorizations and reports; and insurance and billing matters.

The program curriculum is based on the Patient Centered Model Home (PCMH). Students will understand the importance of a personal clinician to the health of individual patients and the population as a whole; recognize the importance of patient centeredness in successful healthcare outcomes; recognize the importance of continuous quality improvement, using evidence based results to develop best practices for patient care by way of measuring data using proper metrics; and understand the importance of information systems to the functionality of the patient centered medical home; and demonstrate appropriate leadership skills.

Students are prepared to function under the supervision of a licensed provider. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assistants Education. Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination given through the American Association of Medical Assistants. Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony or pleaded guilty to a felony may not be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistants Examination (CMA-AAMA). However, the certifying board may grant a waiver based on mitigating circumstances. See the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) CMA Examination application for specifics.

Students may enter the program either in the Fall or Spring Terms. Students must receive a “C” or better in all programs required courses. The program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experience with practical experience in health care facilities.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

One-Year Certificate

Medical Assisting

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Completion with a "C" or better in the following:  WR 121, MTH 60, BI 121, and MP 111.
  • Students must demonstrate a working knowledge and/or background of basic computer skills including Windows, keyboarding, Internet, and e-mail. Students who are not able to demonstrate a working knowledge and/or background will be required to take a course(s) prior to admission.
  • Complete a Medical Assisting program application including recommendation forms and transcripts from all colleges attended other than PCC.
  • Once conditionally admitted, students must attend a program orientation.
  • Once formally admitted, students will be required to complete various state and program requirements such as a criminal background check, immunizations and drug screening. Contact the department office for more information. 
  • Once formally admitted, students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Medical Assisting Program advisor.

  • Students must have transportation to clinical facilities throughout the Portland Metropolitan area and surrounding communities.

Medical Assisting One-Year Certificate

Minimum 47 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Medical Assisting Certificate Credit Summary

MA29
BI4
HE1
MLT3
MP6
PSY4
Total Credits47

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
BI 122Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
HE 113First Aid&CPR/AED Professional Rescuers/HealthCare Providers1
MA 112Medical Office Assistant Seminar I1
MA 117Medical Office Administrative Procedures3
MA 118Medical Office Administrative Procedures (Lab)2
MA 120Introduction to Clinical Phlebotomy1
PSY 101Psychology and Human Relations4
Second Term
MA 122Medical Office Assistant Seminar II1
MA 123Medical Office Clinical Procedures3
MA 124Medical Office Clinical Procedures (Lab)2
MA 180Coding and Reimbursement2
MLT 100Medical Office Laboratory Orientation3
MP 150Introduction to Electronic Health Records3
Third Term
MA 131Introduction to Medical Science5
MA 132Medical Office Assistant Seminar III1
MA 136Medications2
MA 270Clinical Practicum6
MP 140Introduction to Health Law and Ethics3
 Total Credits: 47

Courses

MA 112. Medical Office Assistant Seminar I. 1 Credit.

The study of the health care delivery systems, medical office management, interpersonal communications; and coordination of directed practice which includes a review for the national credential examination.

MA 117. Medical Office Administrative Procedures. 3 Credits.

Covers medical reception room techniques, including appointment scheduling, telephone techniques, mail handling, financial records, accounting, accounts receivable and payable, insurance, office care and management, and medical records management.

MA 118. Medical Office Administrative Procedures (Lab). 2 Credits.

Practice and demonstrate proficiency in the procedures listed under MA 117.

MA 120. Introduction to Clinical Phlebotomy. 1 Credit.

Introduces basic venipuncture and skin puncture techniques as well as proper specimen-handling procedures as dictated by the Clinical and Laboratory Institute Standards (CLSI). Prepares and trains to function as an internal member of the ambulatory clinical lab care setting. Department permission required.

MA 122. Medical Office Assistant Seminar II. 1 Credit.

The study of the health care delivery systems, medical office management, interpersonal communications; and coordination of directed practice which includes a review for the national credential examination.

MA 123. Medical Office Clinical Procedures. 3 Credits.

Examination room techniques, assisting the physician with examinations, treatment and minor surgery. Covers methods of asepsis and sterilization and the proper care of equipment and supplies. Concurrent enrollment MA 124. Prerequisite: MA111; BI 55 or BI 122 or BI 233; MTH22A and placement into RD 115 and WR 115.

MA 124. Medical Office Clinical Procedures (Lab). 2 Credits.

Practice and demonstrate proficiency in the procedures in MA 123. Concurrent enrollment in MA 123.

MA 131. Introduction to Medical Science. 5 Credits.

Concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems. Course specifically designed for students currently enrolled in the Medical Assisting program.

MA 132. Medical Office Assistant Seminar III. 1 Credit.

The study of the health care delivery systems, medical office management, interpersonal communications, and coordination of directed practice which includes a review for the national credential examination.

MA 136. Medications. 2 Credits.

Covers appropriate drug uses, effects, dangers, and precautions; routes of administration, dilutions and calculations, management and control. Review common prescription abbreviations, forms of medications and basic drug categories.

MA 180. Coding and Reimbursement. 2 Credits.

Introduces coding and reimbursement systems for physician offices and medical clinics.

MA 270. Clinical Practicum. 6 Credits.

Practice administrative skills and clinical skills in a medical clinic/physician office setting. Department permission required.