The Medical Assisting Certificate (C1_MED1) is offered at LSC-CyFair and LSC-North Harris and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Medical Assisting Department.
Medical assisting is a versatile health care profession that prepares an individual to perform various clinical and administrative functions in a health care facility. These functions, performed under the direction of a licensed physician and/or licensed physicians assistant, are completed while examining and treating patients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing a variety of the tasks that enable a health care facility to properly treat its patients. These tasks include, but are not limited to: preparing treatment rooms for patients' examinations; scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records; interviewing patients, measuring vital signs, weight and height, and then recording the information; administering injections, performing venipuncture, electrocardiograph (EKG), and other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests; and completing insurance forms. The exact duties that a medical assistant performs are unique to the setting in which she or he is employed. Industries that employ medical assistants include doctors' offices/clinics, urgent care centers, ambulatory care facilities, and osteopathic offices/clinics.
The medical assisting certificate is a three-semester program. The final semester includes both a review course to prepare for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certified Medical Assistant Exam and a clinical/externship. The clinical experience allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities that she or he has learned in the classroom and gain practical experience in a health care setting. The program has the following goal defining minimum expectations: "To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."
Students applying to the medical assisting program must:
|MDCA||1206||Essentials of Medical Terminology||2|
|MDCA||1417||Procedures in a Clinical Setting||4|
|POFT||1325||Business Math Using Technology||3|
|MDCA||1409||A & P for Medical Assistants||4|
|MDCA||1352||Medical Asst. Lab Procedures||3|
|MDCA||1210||Medical Assistant Interpersonal & Communication Skills||2|
|MDCA||1348||Pharmacology & Administration of Medications||3|
|MDCA||1205||Medical Law and Ethics||2|
|MDCA1||1154||Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review||1|
|MDCA||1264||Practicum (or field experience) - Medical/Clinical Assistant||2|
TOTAL Credit Hours for Medical Assisting Certificate: