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Medical Assisting (ctma)



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

Student applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Upon submission of the completed application, the student will be placed on the Medical Assisting (CTMA) program waitlist. Students are encouraged to complete required general education courses and other non-CMC courses while on the waitlist until they are notified of their program start date. Students are required to complete the major area course requirements prior to entering the program. The program courses must be taken in semester sequence. No part-time option is available for this program.

Program Initiation:
Each year, approximately 24 students move from the waitlist into the formal program initiation. Students are taken from the waitlist in the order they were admitted, with priority given to Washtenaw County residents. Please review the "Admission and Waitlist Process for High Demand Programs" document that is posted on the following website:www4.wccnet.edu/studentservices/studentconnection/admissions/. This document explains WCC's waitlist process and priority level.

Post Admission Requirements
-Attend a mandatory Medical Assisting Orientation Session
-Submit a completed health history form (physical examination)
-Submit proof of a negative TB skin test
-Submit proof of a current Flu Vaccine
-Submit a current vaccination record (you may be asked to update vaccines)
-Submit proof of current health insurance (health insurance must remain active throughout the entire program)
-Submit a current certification in BLS/CPR with First Aid for the professional - Certification must be from the AHA (American Heart Association) or American Red Cross only. No other organizations will be accepted.

Students who fail to comply with the post admission requirements will not be permitted to register for classes and will forfeit their seat in the program.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/ . Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building. An application to the Medical Assisting program will not be accepted until all admission requirements are met.

Requirements for application are:
-Academic Math Level of 3, MTH 160, MTH 167, MTH 169 or any math level 4 or higher course
-HSC 101 with a minimum grade of "C+" (2.3 on a 4.0 scale)
-BIO 109 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "C+" (2.3 on a 4.0 scale)
-Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.3. Only transcripts that provide an admission requirement course will be used in calculation of the cumulative GPA. If a transcript is submitted for an admission requirement course, the cumulative transcript GPA will be used in a weighted calculation of the cumulative GPA requirement.
-Criminal background check (review application for details)
-Demonstrate proficiency in the English language
-Declaration of residency status (note that Washtenaw County residents are given priority in program initiation).
Admission to the Medical Assisting program is contingent upon students declaring that they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. These requirements are detailed in the Medical Assisting program admission packet. WCC reserves the right to request that students successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the Medical Assisting program.

Continuing Eligibility

-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses.
-All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C+".
-Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence, or at any time during the program, as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable drug test and/or criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.

Students will experience on-the-job training within an unpaid, supervised practicum of at least 160 contact hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting performing cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies. Students will work three days per week for 7.5 weeks. This must be completed prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a site that is not more than 50 miles, traveling one way from WCC.

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Sherry Hubbard
Susan Travis


(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

Gainful Employment Disclosures


*See Applying for Admission to the Program, for course requirements.

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