Programs

Medical Assisting

Program Description

The Medical Assisting diploma program prepares the competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, prepares the student to sit for the national certification examination to become professionally certified as a medical assistant and prepares students for careers in a variety of positions in today's medical facilities. The sequence of courses emphasizes a combination of medical theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. The grading system for Medical Assisting requires a minimum course grade of C for progress from specified courses to more advanced courses. Classroom instruction and practical experience are divided between administrative skills and clinical skills in a variety or areas: scheduling appointments, banking, bookkeeping, insurance coding, hospital admissions, laboratory services, maintaining patient files, examination room techniques, assisting with minor surgery, administering medications, and performing diagnostic procedures including lab work and electrocardiography. During the program, the student gains experience in a physician's office or appropriate facility by participating in an externship. Clinical courses may be scheduled day, evening, and on weekends. There is no remuneration for clinicals.

Employment Opportunities

Medical assistants work primarily in outpatient settings, including clinics, physicians’ offices, insurance companies, public and private hospitals, inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as with specialty practitioners, such as chiropractors, optometrists, and podiatrists in outpatient care centers, nursing, and residential care facilities.

Program Details

  • Major Code: MA22
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses
  • Program Entrance Term:
    • Day Class: Fall, Spring,
    • Evening Class: Every 4th term
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 or 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 54

Accreditation

Medical Assisting is a diploma program located on the Griffin and Flint River Campuses. Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

To contact CAAHEP:

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

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Applicants must meet general admission requirements, as well as the following minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements will be classified as either learning support or provisional status and must take the prescribed learning support courses to prepare for the core curriculum.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the Medical Assisting advisor the term he/she completes or is completing the last of the pre-requisite classes. This is accomplished by turning in the yellow program-ready sheet to a Medical Assisting advisor or the Allied Health secretary the week of June 9th (for Fall program entry) or the week of September 9th (for Spring program entry). The evening program begins every 4th semester, please see advisor for program application date.

Upon successful completion (or transfer in) of ENGL 1010, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000 OR COLL 1500, ALHS 1090, MATH 1012, and ALHS 1011 with a C or better and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, the student will be considered program-ready and be eligible for admission into the Medical Assisting program based on submission of the "yellow program sheet”, available classroom space, and available clinical sites.

Candidate Selection

Candidate selection is based on the following in this order:

1. Date completed the yellow program sheet with accompanying attachments turned in.

2. Time completed the yellow program sheet with accompanying attachments turned in.

3. Completion of all core classes with a C or better.

4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

5. Available classroom size and available clinical sites

6. In the event that two or more applicants complete requirements simultaneously, the earliest uninterrupted program application date will determine placement on the list.

Readmission Policy

Withdrawal from any MAST program class constitutes withdrawal from the program for that term. If a student withdraws for any reason (whether academic deficiency or personal issues), the student may be allowed to re-enter a cohort class at the point he/she withdrew from the program, provided the student demonstrates proficiency. This courtesy is extended only once. Readmission into the Medical Assisting program following withdrawal or first-time failure will be based on the following:

  1. Successful completion of written, comprehensive examinations for each previously successfully completed medical assisting course with a minimum competency of 80 percent, and
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive labskills check-off with a minimum of 85 percent.

Deficiencies will result in the student repeating course(s). Upon readmission into the Medical Assisting program, the student must complete additional requirements as deemed necessary by the program faculty, i.e. a physical, drug screen, background check, etc. Readmission will be based on availability within the classroom setting and clinical sites.

This courtesy is extended only once. Students who do not successfully complete the Medical Assisting program after two attempts, whether at Southern Crescent Technical College or at another college, will not be readmitted into the program.

Transferring medical assisting students from other technical colleges must first complete and submit an enrollment application and official transcripts to Southern Crescent Technical College. Each medical assisting course listed in the transferring student's official transcript will be considered for transfer credit after the transferring student has demonstrated proficiency by examination as noted above with the exception of MAST 1080 and MAST 1090. MAST 1080, MAST 1090, MAST 1170 and MAST 1180 are not transferrable into the Medical Assisting program. A minimum of 25 percent of program courses must be completed on the SCTC campus for graduation from SCTC. Students who do not successfully complete the Medical Assisting program after two attempts, whether at Southern Crescent Technical College or at another college, will not be readmitted into the program.

Withdrawn students or transfer students who desire readmittance within five years must meet current admissions and curriculum requirements and will be admitted following the demonstration of competencies as noted above, submission of a yellow program sheet with attachments, and classroom and clinical site availability.

Documentation of a physical and a dental examination is turned in during the first MAST term with an accompanying completed drug screen and background check sheet. All first term MAST students and all MAST transfer students will be required to complete a new physical and dental exam, unless they have had one within the previous six months. All first term MAST students and all MAST transfer students will be required to complete a new drug screen and background check.

Additional Costs

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

ItemCost
Uniforms$300
Equipment/Supplies$50-100
National Registry$125
Liability Insurance$11.50
Medical/DentalVaries
Background Check/Drug ScreenVaries
CPR (if not completed with ALHS 1040)varies

Program Courses

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

CourseTitleCredits
First Term
ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I3
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology3
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
4
Second Term
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3
ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology5
Choose One: (Required)3
COLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration OR
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers
*Day Program Courses
Third Term - Day Program Courses
MAST 1010Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office2
MAST 1060Medical Office Procedures4
MAST 1080Medical Assisting Skills I4
MAST 1120Human Diseases3
Fourth Term - Day Program Courses
MAST 1030Pharmacology in the Medical Office4
MAST 1090Medical Assisting Skills II4
MAST 1100Medical Insurance Management2
MAST 1110Administrative Practice Management3
Fifth Term - Day Program Courses
MAST 1170Medical Assisting Externship6
MAST 1180Medical Assisting Seminar3
*Evening Program Courses
Third Term - Evening Program Courses
MAST 1060Medical Office Procedures4
MAST 1100Medical Insurance Management2
MAST 1120Human Diseases3
Fourth Term - Evening Program Courses
MAST 1010Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office2
MAST 1080Medical Assisting Skills I4
MAST 1110Administrative Practice Management3
Fifth Term - Evening Program Courses
MAST 1030Pharmacology in the Medical Office4
MAST 1090Medical Assisting Skills II4
Sixth Term - Evening Program Courses
MAST 1170Medical Assisting Externship6
MAST 1180Medical Assisting Seminar3

Annual Review

5 year review of the Southern Crescent Technical College Medical Assisting program based on Retention, Job Placement, and student participation in the National Registry credentialing exam with the resulting pass rate.

 

2017 Annual Report

MAERB

 

2017 MAERB Data

Medical Assistant

Program Faculty

Diana Kendrick
Program Coordinator
dkendrick@sctech.edu
770-233-5498

Mettie Hogan
Instructor
mhogan@sctech.edu
770-233-5498

Career and Academic Advisors

Karen Lee
Career Advisor
karen.lee@sctech.edu
770-467-4488
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
bridgette.worst@sctech.edu
770-412-5706
Flint Campus
Room 250A