Medical Assistant

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. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties such as assessing patient’s vital signs and histories, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, performing electrocardiograms,  and administration of medications as directed by the physician.

Accreditation

The Medical Assistant 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 41

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 140 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY  4
ENGL 125 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS  3
HEOCC 200 DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN  3
HLTH 120 FIRST AID  2
HLTH 121 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY  2
MEDO 110 MEDICAL ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS  4
MEDO 111 MEDICAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROCEDURES  4
MEDO 112 MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS  2
MEDO 114 CLINICAL LABORATORY SKILLS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS  4
MEDO 119 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS  2
MEDO 125 MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM  3
MLT 110 INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDICAL LABORATORY AND PHLEBOTOMY  2
MLT 112 PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL PRACTICUM  2
TYPE 120 KEYBOARD/WORD PROCESSING I  3
HLTH 107 BASIC ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS  1

* Underlined courses may be completed prior to admission into program

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. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties such as assessing patient’s vital signs and histories, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, performing electrocardiograms,  and administration of medications as directed by the physician.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1 ENGL 125; BIOL 140; MEDO 110; MEDO 112; TYPE 120
Spring Semester 1MEDO 111; MLT 110; HEOCC 200; HLTH 071; HLTH 120; HLTH 121
Summer SemesterMEDO 114; MLT 112
Fall Semester 2MEDO 125; MEDO 119

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Peoria Campus, Cedar 105


(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Health Informatics

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Essential Skills and Abilities

A medical assistant must possess capabilities and abilities, including: communication, motor, sensory, problem solving, behavioral skills and professionalism, which are necessary to provide competent, medical assisting care. Reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities, in certain areas, but a medical assistant must be able to perform in all areas, in an independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable, as medical assistant’s judgment cannot be mediated by someone else’s observation and action. The following capabilities and abilities are necessary to meet curriculum requirements and to perform the responsibilities of a medical assistant:

A. Communication

  • Adequate command of English language and medical terminology, in order to read and retrieve information from lectures, textbooks and other teaching and learning resources
  • Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing
  • Effectively adapt communication for intended diverse needs of audience
  • Interact to establish rapport with diverse population
  • Perform verbal individualized instruction
  • Demonstrate computer literacy skills

B. Motor

  • Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs. force or push/pull
  • Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity; sufficient fine motor function
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  • Perform instruction by manual demonstration, if applicable
  • Perform CPR
  • Travel to and from academic and clinical sites

C. Sensory

  • Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from patients and members of the health team; includes ability to respond to emergency signals
  • Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking a blood pressure
  • Visual acuity to acquire information from electronic medical record or written documents
  • Elicit information from patients by inspection, palpation, auscultation, percussion
  • Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient

D. Critical Thinking

  • Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate times
  • Adhere to policies and procedures; including, but not limited to safety and infection control
  • Use sound judgment in decision making
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environment and inherent uncertainties
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in patient care (Measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, analyze and synthesize data)
  • Organize and prioritize patient care needs and job responsibilities

E. Behavioral Skills and Professionalism

  • Adheres to policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings
  • Adheres to Illinois Central College Medical Assisting Program Policies found in the Medical Assisting Program Handbook
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and abides by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • Assume the role of a health care team member
  • Function effectively under supervision
  • Accepts criticism and reflects upon provided feedback to improve performance and practice
  • Displays caring and compassion for others
  • Commits to lifelong learning

2015 Annual Report (MAERB)

The five year weighted average outcome results of the 2016 Annual Report Form (ARF) submitted to the medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) from the Illinois Central College (ICC) Medical Assistant Program is as follows:

  • Five-year weighted average of the Graduate Satisfaction Survey from 2011-2015 is 100%
  • Five-year weighted average of the Employer Satisfaction Survey from 2011-2015 is 100%