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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Medical Assistant, AAS


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Medical Assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Physicians value this unique versatility and view medical assistants as vital partners in the medical office.  Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the knowledge and skills to perform:

  • Computer applications such as scheduling appointments, updating patient demographics, correspondence, coding, billing and insurance;
  • Patient reception, arranging for hospital admissions, laboratory services, and referrals;
  • Professional communication when working with patients and staff in a medical office;
  • Accurate patient medical histories and vital signs, prepare patients for examinations, assist with surgical treatments, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory tests, and electrocardiograms;
  • Preparation, administration and documentation of medications and vaccines using safe practices, as directed by a licensed physician and authorizing prescription refills as directed;
  • Triage in the office by messaging or telephone calls;
  • Safe blood drawing using correct techniques;
  • Removal of sutures and changing dressings;
  • Medical and surgical aseptic techniques; and
  • Patient education and health coaching.

Required Courses


First Year


First Semester Total: 16

Second Semester Total: 16

Third Semester Total: 12

Second Year


Total Credits: 67


1 Medical Assistant program students should register for section 01 of this course. 

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Admission Guidelines


  • Contact the program director for advising.
  • Applications for formal acceptance into the Medical Assistant AAS program are accepted once a year. Applications are available after October 1 on the FVCC Medical Assistant program website or can be picked up from the program director (BC 119) and must be completed and returned by the first Friday in November.  The Medical Assistant program has a maximum of 12 students in each graduating class.

Program Information


  • The Medical Assistant program demands high academic and personal standards. Students considering this degree should familiarize themselves with the requirements.
  • All requirements for the Medical Assistant program are stated in the Medical Assistant Handbook located on the FVCC Medical Assistant Program website or can be picked up from the program director.
  • All AHMA classes above AHMA 101 must have program director’s signature for admission and must be taken consecutively starting spring semester.
  • Students are required to earn a “C” (2.0) or above in all non-medical assisting courses.
  • Students are required to earn a “B-” (2.7) or above in all medical assisting courses above AHMA 101 .
  • Students are responsible for at least $250 of additional costs to cover uniforms, personal medical supplies, insurance and immunizations. Required current immunization costs will depend on each individual vaccine history.
  • AHMA 298  is an externship class which involves 180 hours of unpaid work experience in various medical offices in the community.  It is highly recommended that students have their own health insurance before starting the externship.
  • All students are required to have a criminal background/registered sexual offender check done at the time of application to the program. Any discrepancies may result in denial of acceptance into the program. Any changes in a conviction record and/or pending criminal charges which occur between the initial completion of the Background Information/Screen and program completion must be provided in writing to the program director within five working days from the date of notification. Failure to provide such information within the aforementioned timeframe can result in immediate dismissal from the program.
  • Any student who exhibits unsuitable performance and/or behavior may be denied the right to complete the program.
  • American Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement
    Students with recognized disabilities or other physical limitations that may affect their performance as a medical assistant, are responsible for identifying themselves as soon as possible to the Advocate for Students with Disabilities and to the program director. Course standards will not be lowered, but various accommodations are available. A minimum of six (6) weeks will be required to develop and provide appropriate accommodations, so students who qualify should contact Disability Services as soon as possible. It is the college’s goal to assist students in their individual educational plans.
  • Program Accreditation
    The FVCC Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
www.caahep.org

  • Certifications

    Medical Assistant graduates are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.

    Medical Assistant graduates are eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification, Phlebotomy Technician, PBT (ASCP) national examination.

    Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification.

Opportunities after Graduation


  • Medical Assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Certified Medical Assistants are in high demand due to the surge of technological advances in outpatient medical facilities and the growing number of aging Americans.
  • Certified Medical Assistants are able to obtain additional certifications including Electrocardiography Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Specialty Certified Medical Assistant in various medical fields.  Some CMA’s become medical office managers.

Advising Information:


For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor
Karrie Bolivar Chris Degenhardt, CMA (AAMA)
LRC 129 BC 123B
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-4582
kbolivar@fvcc.edu cdegenha@fvcc.edu

 

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