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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, AAS

Additional information available on the Medical Assistant Department website at

Recommended basic skills standards are

One associate of applied science degree option and one certificate option are available. The areas of Medical/Clinical Assisting are designed to prepare individuals to assist with clinical and administrative functions as employees within the ambulatory health care setting. All students become familiar with multiple medical diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory setting including phlebotomy, laboratory testing, respiratory testing and treatments, cast care, wound care, medication dosage calculation and administration, performing EKG (electrocardiograms) while interacting with patients and their needs.

Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have permission of coordinator to enroll. Students must have a grade of C or better in all classes to pass program/certification requirements.

Internships courses (MAP 183  and MOT 182 ) require additional considerations prior to enrollment, which include:

  • Meeting with program coordinator in person the semester prior to internship for clearance;
  • Proof of vaccines or blood titers for: tuberculin skin tests, proof of measles, rubella and rubeola, proof of hepatitis B, current year flu vaccination and a current tetanus;
  • Obtaining a physical exam by their private physician at their own cost;
  • Criminal background checks on all students;
  • For specific disqualifiers on the background investigation, students should contact a MOT faculty advisor;
  • Students who do not obtain the PPCC approved criminal background investigation will not be able to enroll in internship class;
  • Take and pass drug and alcohol screening prior to their internship;
  • Failure to pass the criminal background or drug screen test will result in the inability to complete the desired certification or degree;
  • Current CPR certification.

The criminal background check and drug screening process is completed online through the PPCC Human Resources Department, with associated cost for the background check and urine drug screening services. Further information is available on the program home page and will be provided upon advising with the program coordinator.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for the following courses within these programs: HPR 112 , HPR 113 , MAP 138 , MAP 140 , MAP 183  and MOT 182 . See program advisor for details.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant or Clinical Office Assistant programs, students should be able to:

  • Identify body system structures, disorders & diseases.
  • Apply medical terminology in appropriate situations.
  • Identify and discuss legal and ethical issues as applicable to medical practices.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills for diverse patient and medical professionals.
  • Design communication methods for patient education.
  • Perform general clerical and financial bookkeeping functions.
  • Perform accepted clinical and laboratory skills for an ambulatory care setting.

Medical Assistant

This degree is designed to prepare individuals to work in both administrative and clinical areas of physician’s office or outpatient medical clinic. Students successfully completing this degree program will be able to perform the administrative tasks of a medical receptionist and work in the clinical areas by providing assistance with physical examinations, diagnostic tests, and treatment procedures.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have permission of coordinator to enroll.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 49

Total Credit Hours: 64