Medical Assistant

DEGREE LEVELS


AAS Associate Program
Division of Health Professions


Medical assistants have ample opportunities to advance in healthcare careers. Starting at Trocaire is a great first step.

Medical Assisting is an allied health profession that allows you to perform both back office clinical procedures and front office administrative responsibilities. Medical Assistants primarily find employment in outpatient or ambulatory healthcare facilities such as medical offices and clinics.

Clinical duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Histories & Vital Signs
  • Assist providers with various exams and minor office surgery procedures
  • Instructing patients about medications and special diets
  • Collecting/preparing lab specimens; Perform basic lab testing and phlebotomy
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Pulmonary Function Studies
  • Infection Control

Administrative responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Customer/Patient Service
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Understanding patient privacy/compliance
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondences, billing and basic practice finances.

Medical Assisting students partake in a clinical practicum seminar which allows for hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. These externship hours help students gain confidence with the practical skills needed to succeed after graduation as well as provide an opportunity for professional networking.  Upon successful completion of our program, students will be eligible to take four (4) certification exams: National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS), Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).  Medical Assisting graduates are ideal candidates for bachelor’s degree programs in fields like Healthcare Management and Healthcare Informatics.

Program Format

Time of Program: Day
Mode of Delivery: On-site seated
Normal Time to Completion: 24 months

Accreditation Information

The Trocaire College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

CAAHEP
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: 1 (727) 210-2350
Fax: 1 (727) 210-2354
www.caahep.org

MAERB
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-800-228-2262
Fax: 312-899-1259
www.maerb.org

PROGRAM STATISTICS

23%

Over the next ten years, the medical assistants is projected to grow by 23 percent.

$34K/year

In New York State, medical assistants can expect to earn about $16/hour or $34K annually.

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), “Medical assistants are the most versatile of all allied health professionals. They are cross-trained to perform clinical and administrative responsibilities.”

Resources

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma (minimum 75% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2500
  • Natural Science
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA with minimum grade of “C” in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of at least 64 semester hours with a GPA of 2.0
  • General Education:
    • EN 101 and GS100 College Seminar or GS102*
    • Humanities (PH205)
    • Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L and BIO203*)
    • Quantitative Analysis Mathematics Elective**
    • Social Science (PSY101 or SOC101
  • Program Specific:*
    • BOT103, BU106, BU132, HIT102. HIT 201, HIT218, HIT219, MAS134, MAS233, MAS234, MAS235, MB119, MB213

*A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in these courses.

**Students may choose from MA110, MA111, or MA120

 

Graduation Requirements:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • Keyboarding I and Document Processing
    3
  • English Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Orientation to Medical Assisting
    2
  • Medical Terminology
    3

Semester 1

16 /18

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Information Technology I
    3
  • Outpatient Coding, Classification & Reimbursement Systems
    3
  • Healthcare Reimbursement
    3
  • Diagnostic and Clinical Laboratory Procedures
    3
  • Medical Office Systems & Procedures
    3

Semester 2

19

  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
    3
  • Business Communications I
    3
  • Outpatient Coding, Classifications and Reimbursement II
    4
  • Mathematics Elective
    3
  • Medical Assistant – Clinical Procedures
    3

Semester 3

16

  • Management Principles for Health Professionals
    3
  • Medical Assistant Clinical Seminar and Externship
    4
  • General Psychology
    3
    OR
    Principles of Sociology
    3
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3

Semester 4

13