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    Video: Medical Assistant

    Program Number: 31-509-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    Moraine Park’s Medical Assistant program prepares students to assist the physician in a variety of clinical tasks. Students develop the skills to take medical histories, record vital signs, prepare patients for examination, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory tests, draw blood and instruct patients about medications or special diets. As graduates, these clinical tasks are performed under the supervision of a physician and vary according to state law. The main goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    Medical assistants may also perform administrative tasks such as billing and insurance, greeting patients on the phone and in person, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and updating patient medical records. The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest growing occupations. Click here to discover more about the different career pathways in the Medical Office Cluster programs.

    Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to write the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and/or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

    The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350. www.caahep.org

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $29,284

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Perform medical office administrative functions.
    • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.
    • Perform medical laboratory procedures.
    • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting.
    • Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting.

    Career Opportunities

    • Medical Assistant
    • Referral Specialist/Scheduler
    • Lab Assistant
    • Health Information Associate
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Patient Services Assistant
    • Business Office Specialist

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

    Gainful Employment Data

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    Courses

    NumberTitleCrs
    Term 1
    501-101Medical Terminology3
    501-107Digital Literacy for Healthcare2
    509-101Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures2
    509-102Human Body in Health and Disease3
    509-303Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 12
    509-304Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 14
    890-101**College 1012
    Total18
     
    Term 2
    501-108Pharmacology for Allied Health2
    509-107Medical Office Insurance and Finance2
    509-109Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism2
    509-305Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 22
    509-306Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 23
    509-310Medical Assistant Practicum3
    801-136English Composition 13
    Total17
     
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements35

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Additional Program Requirements

    Students are required to complete background checks, health information, and certification for healthcare provider CPR. 509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum must be taken the last semester before graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    509-306 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

    • There are a number of support services available at Moraine Park Technical College for students to ensure successful program completion.  The Medical Assistant program at Moraine Park Technical College has an average retention rate of 91.59% for the past five years.

    • Graduates of the Medical Assistant program at Moraine Park Technical College are satisfied with the education they receive and report a satisfaction rate of 98.17% over the past five years. 

    • Employers seek graduates of Moraine Park Technical College Medical Assistant and report 98.53% satisfaction with graduates of the program over the past five years.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.