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Certificate (Certificate Program) - 40 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

The mission of the Medical Assistant Certificate is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Accreditation:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is responsible for establishing criteria for the medical assistant program and conducts accrediting activities designed to ensure that educational programs meet minimum entry level criteria. CAAHEP grants accreditation of medical assisting programs upon the recommendations of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. Graduates from this CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam. 

Admission to the Program:

Criteria for admission include: (1) graduation from high school or equivalent; (2) an ACT composite score of 14 or above (tested prior to October 28, 1989) or 17 or above (tested October 28, 1989 or later); (3) at least a "C" average in courses taken at other colleges, in the case of transfer students; (4) at least a "C" average in 9 or more semester hours of approved courses taken at ICC, in the case of students not initially admissible to the program; (5) One year of high school algebra or MAT 094 with a grade of "C" or better or math placement into MAT 098; (6) HLTH 121 with grade of "C" or better. Placement scores into TYPE 121, ENGL 110 and READ 115.  

Recommended high school subjects: (1) 3 years of English; (2) 1 year of algebra; (3) word processing (4) Biology

 

Upon Acceptance into the Program: A drug screen, fingerprint background check, physical exam and immunizations will be required upon admission to the program. Proof of current CPR certification is required: American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider (HLTH 041 at ICC or equivalent) level or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer level by the date specified by the instructor (proof of certification must be in the form of an original or photocopy of course completion card issued by either AHA or ARC). Deadline for providing proof of current CPR certification is April 1 of the program's Spring Semester.

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
ENGL 110; BIOL 140; MEDO 110; MEDO 112; MEDO 117

Spring Semester 1:
MEDO 111; MEDO 115; MLT 110; HEOCC 200; HLTH 071; HLTH 120

Summer Semester 1:
MEDO 114; MLT 112

Fall Semester 2:
MEDO 125; MEDO 119


Course Information:
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
BIOL 140HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *4
MLT 110INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDICAL LABORATORY AND PHLEBOTOMY *2
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
HEOCC 200DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN *3
HLTH 071BASIC ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS  *1
HLTH 120FIRST AID *2
MEDO 110MEDICAL ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS *4
MEDO 111MEDICAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROCEDURES *4
MEDO 112MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS *1
MEDO 115INTRODUCTION TO ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING *3
MEDO 117INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT PROCEDURAL TERMINOLOGY (CPT) CODING *2
MEDO 119INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS *2
MEDO 125MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM *3
MLT 112PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL PRACTICUM *2
MEDO 114CLINICAL LABORATORY SKILLS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS *4

* All courses with the exception of ENGL 110 must be completed within (5) years of admission to the program.

To remain in and graduate from the program:  "C" or better in all required program courses.

For Program Information Contact:

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building
(309) 999-4600

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