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First Semester Courses 16 Credits
HRPS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
MDCA 1409 Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assistants 4
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
MDCA 1210 Medical Assistant Interpersonal & Communication Skills 2
MDCA 1348 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications 3
Third Semester Courses 7 Credits
ECRD 1211 Electrocardiography 2
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1154 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review1 1
MDCA 1264 Practicum (or field experience) - Medical/Clinical Assistant 2
Medical Assisting Certificate Program Total 39 Credits

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Program Details

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 physician's 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/practicum.
  • 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."

Certification - Employment in this field requires industry certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)-National.

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Program Admission Criteria

This is an application based program. Students interested in applying to the medical assisting program should read the latest Medical Assisting Certificate program requirements.

Program Accreditation

AccreditationThe Lone Star College Medical Assistant Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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