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Medical Assisting (CTMA)

Certificate

Description

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires a master of complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. The program goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Administrative duties may include: medical law and ethics, appointment and telephone practices, oral and written communication skills, reading and filing reports, responsibilities of office care and management, patient and insurance billing, financial records, and safety precautions.

Clinical duties vary by state, but may include: Universal Standards, preparing patients and assisting with exams, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, assisting in minor surgeries, performing routine laboratory procedures, EKGs and other diagnostic procedures, sterilization techniques, venipuncture, administration of medications, proper charting and documentation, first aid, and patient education.

Admissions Requirements

Washtenaw Community College uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Welcome to Health Care home page at: www.wccnet.edu/health

Contact Information

Division
Health Sciences
Department
Allied Health Department
Advisors
Sherry Hubbard, Susan Travis

Requirements

(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Credits
BIO 109 or Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function * 4 - 5
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology * 1
Total 5 - 6
First Semester
Class Title Credits
BOS 185 Medical Computer Skills and Electronic Health Records 3
CMC 114 Patient Care Skills 3
CMC 116 Introduction to Clinical Skills 3
CMC 226 Administrative Functions for Medical Assistants 3
Total 12
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
CMC 121 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 3
CMC 228 Skill Assessment for Medical Assistants 2
CMC 230 Laboratory Procedures for Medical Assistants 2
MTH 167 Math Applications for Health Science 3
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3
Total 13
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
CMC 290 Practicum Seminar 1
CMC 299 Practicum for Medical Assistants 2
Total 3
Total Credits Required
33 - 34

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