Technology Education Building (TEB), Room 103
Career and Program Description
Those trained in the Medical Assisting Program will find occupations involved within various aspects of the healthcare team. Medical Assistants work in ambulatory care or out-patient clinics and perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties. Clinical responsibilities 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; administering immunizations, collecting and processing specimens. Administrative responsibilities may include: scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls; completing prior authorizations; utilizing current medical coding; 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-centered interactions with 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 credentialing exam 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
- Completion with a grade of "C" or "P" better in the following: WR 121, (MTH 60 or MTH 58), BI 121, and MP 111.
- This is a limited entry program. Complete a Medical Assisting program application including recommendation forms and transcripts from all colleges attended other than PCC.
- 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
- 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 46 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.
Course of Study
The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.
|BI 122||Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
or MP 113
|Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens|
|MA 112||Medical Office Assistant Seminar I||2|
|MA 117§||Medical Office Administrative Procedures||4|
|MA 118||Medical Office Administrative Procedures (Lab)||2|
|MA 120||Introduction to Clinical Phlebotomy||1|
|MA 180||Coding and Reimbursement||2|
|Human Relations Electives§||4|
|MA 122||Medical Office Assistant Seminar II||2|
|MA 123§||Medical Office Clinical Procedures||4|
|MA 124§||Medical Office Clinical Procedures (Lab)||2|
|MA 130||Clinical Phlebotomy II||1|
|MP 135||Pharmacology for Allied Health||3|
|MA 131||Introduction to Medical Science||3|
|MA 132||Medical Office Assistant Seminar III||2|
|MA 270||Clinical Practicum||6|
|MP 140||Introduction to Health Law and Ethics||3|
Course contains Related Instruction and cannot be substituted with another course; Related Instruction details can be viewed here.
Medical Assisting Related Instruction Human Relations Electives
|CG 191||Exploring Identity and Diversity for College Success||4|
|PSY 101||Psychology and Human Relations||4|
|PSY 201A||Introduction to Psychology - Part 1||4|
|PSY 202A||Introduction to Psychology - Part 2||4|
|PSY 214||Introduction to Personality||4|
|PSY 215||Human Development||4|
|PSY 216||Social Psychology||4|
|PSY 222||Family & Intimate Relationships||4|
|PSY 231||Human Sexuality||4|
|PSY 232||Human Sexuality||4|
|PSY 236||Psychology of Adult Development and Aging||4|
|PSY 239||Introduction to Abnormal Psychology||4|
|PSY 240||Personal Awareness and Growth||4|
|SOC 204||Sociology in Everyday Life||4|
|SOC 206||Social Problems||4|
|SOC 213||Diversity in the United States||4|
|SOC 218||Sociology of Gender||4|
|SOC 232||Death and Dying: Culture and Issues||4|
|WS 101||Women's Studies||4|
MA 112. Medical Office Assistant Seminar I. 2 Credits.
Covers professional behavior as it relates to the healthcare system and patient experience at an introductory level. Introduces professional organizations that support continuing education of healthcare professionals and preparation for the third-term clinical practicum.
MA 117. Medical Office Administrative Procedures. 4 Credits.
Covers medical reception room techniques. Includes appointment scheduling, telephone techniques, mail handling, financial record keeping, accounts receivable and payable, insurance, office care and management, and medical records management. Corequisite: MA 118.
MA 118. Medical Office Administrative Procedures (Lab). 2 Credits.
Provides an opportunity to practice and demonstrate competency in administrative office procedures. Corequisite: 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 Laboratory Standards Institute(CLSI). Covers the preparation and training to function as an internal member in the ambulatory clinical lab care setting. Prerequisite: Department permission required.
MA 122. Medical Office Assistant Seminar II. 2 Credits.
Covers professional behavior as it relates to the healthcare system and patient experience at an intermediate level. Introduces professional organizations that support continuing education of healthcare professionals and preparation for the third-term clinical practicum.
MA 123. Medical Office Clinical Procedures. 4 Credits.
Introduces principles and applications of Patient Centered Medical Home model. Covers provider-patient relationships, and professional communication and behavior. Includes patient preparation and care, managing diagnostic testing, and immunization training and forecasting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Assisting Program. Corequisite: MA 124.
MA 124. Medical Office Clinical Procedures (Lab). 2 Credits.
MA 130. Clinical Phlebotomy II. 1 Credit.
Continues to expand knowledge on venipuncture puncture techniques as well as proper specimen-handling procedures as dictated by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Covers the preparation and training to function as an internal member of the ambulatory clinical lab care setting. Prerequisite: Department permission required.
MA 131. Introduction to Medical Science. 3 Credits.
Covers concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems. Prerequisites: Admission to the Medical Assistant program.
MA 132. Medical Office Assistant Seminar III. 2 Credits.
Covers health care delivery systems, medical office management, interpersonal communications, and coordination of directed practice, which includes a review for the national credential examination and practicum experiences. Requires admission to the Medical Assisting program.
MA 136. Medications. 2 Credits.
Covers appropriate drug uses, effects, dangers, and precautions; routes of administration, dilutions and calculations, management and control. Reviews common prescription abbreviations, forms of medications and basic drug categories. Prerequisites: MA Program admission or instructor permission.
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.