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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Medical Assisting

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Associate in Science

Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The primary goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor), and professional behavior (affective) learning domains. Students with different learning styles will obtain knowledge (cognitive domain) by using lecture, visual aids, assessments and externships to ensure mastery of core content. Students will learn professional behavior (affective domain), through the use of scenarios to demonstrate communication and critical thinking skills which will prepare them for situations they will experience in the workplace. Additionally, students will learn and practice “hands on” (psychomotor domain) skills in the laboratory setting before attending externship to verify competency as an “entry level medical assistant.”

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

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in various outpatient settings, including hospital clinics, group and individual physicians’ practices, chiropractor and podiatrist offices.

Helpful Hints:

Most general education credits taken to complete the Associate in Science degree, will transfer to other colleges.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Medical Assisting degree program are prepared to:

  • Use the knowledge and skills of the profession in order to function effectively as an entry-level medical assistant;
  • Understand, interpret and analyze knowledge, particularly related to current scientific and medical practice and the medical assisting profession;
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with patients and colleagues;
  • Produce medical reports and error-free letters;
  • Utilize technology to record clinical, financial and demographic data;
  • Calculate account balances, and find and evaluate appropriate scientific information related to current medical practice;
  • View historical, scientific, medical and aesthetic phenomena from a global perspective;
  • Demonstrate empathy and caring for diverse populations, and maintain patient confidentiality as required by federal HIPAA regulations;
  • Practice within the ethical and legal guidelines appropriate for the profession of medical assisting;
  • Be professionally and personally accountable, to work effectively with others, to adapt to change and to plan for lifelong learning.


Required Courses

Total Credits: 60-62

*Math must be MAT 120 or above
**If math, must be MAT 120 or above

Admission Information:

Required Prerequisite: Completion of Medical Assisting Certificate.

Testing: Placement above or completion of MAT 080 or Preparation for College Math.

Deadline: Priority consideration is given to applications, including all requirements, received by March 30.

Standard/Technical Skills Notice: To view a list of standard and/or technical skills required for performing duties in various health career fields, visit the Middlesex Community College Health Division website (www.middlesex.mass.edu) or the Student Information Centers. These skills are not conditions for admission to MCC programs, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for successful completion of college Health programs, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.

Special Requirements for Medical Assisting Degree: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. The Ethics or Values or Social Policy and Written Communication intensive requirement must be met through elective coursework. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.

Science courses being applied to this program must have been completed within five years of entering the program.

Requirements After Admission:

  • Students must submit the Student Health Record form, provided by Middlesex Community College, to the Center for Health & Wellness. Required documentation of health status includes a completed physical examination, a two-step Mantoux (TB/PPD) skin test or blood test (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold) for tuberculosis, a color deficiency test, proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and one lifetime dose of TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Acellular Pertussis - after 2006).
  • Students enrolled in the program must demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance in class and clinical settings in order to remain in the program.

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