HCRS Clinical Medical Assisting
HCRS Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement (20.5 units) is an integral multi-skilled member of the health care team, working under the supervision of the health care provider. The Clinical Medical Assisting has an interdependent role acting as an agent for the health care provider and a consumer advocate by providing professional and technical support in an empathetic and caring manner. This Certificate focuses on the physician's back office including patient assessment, physician's laboratory, and medication administration. It is designed around the Model Curriculum established by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for preparation for the State Exam for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This program provides the students with the opportunity to develop the necessary clinical skills needed to be an effective medical assistant.
Each course for this certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" or better, or with a grade of "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis.
This program prepares students for careers in Medical Assisting.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers with an expected growth of 34% between 2012 and 2018. Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices; 13 percent work in public and private hospitals including inpatient and outpatient facilities; 11 percent work in other health practitioner settings, such as chiropractor's and optometrist's offices.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
- Research online and traditional reference materials effectively to stay informed about emerging trends and breakthroughs in healthcare issues related to the medical assistant's clinical role.
- Perform Clinical Medical Assisting procedures competently, such as OSHA standards, electronic technologies, and medical records.
- Achieve entry level Clinical Medical Assisting competencies, such as verbal communication, medical and surgical aseptic technique, and physical assessments which satisfy industry needs.
- Identify State of California regulations that govern the healthcare industry for Medical Assistants.
- Ridgecrest Indian Wells Valley Campus [Certificate Pathway]
- Lake Isabella Kern River Valley Campus [Certificate Pathway]
- Bishop/Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Center Campus [Certificate Pathway]
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Complete all of the following courses:
|Medical Assisting Core Courses|
|CSCI C070||Computer Literacy||1 Unit|
|HCRS C130||Communication in Healthcare||2|
|HCRS C131||Medical Law and Ethics for Medical Assistants||1.5|
|HCRS C132||Electronic Health Record||1.5|
|HCRS C150||Medical Terminology for Health||3|
|Clinical Medical Assisting|
|HCRS C136||Clinical Medical Assisting I||3 Units|
|HCRS C137||Clinical Medical Assisting II||3|
|HCRS C138||Medication Administration for Medical Assisting||2|
|HCRS C139||Laboratory Procedures||2|
|HCRS C143||Clinical Medical Assistant Externship||1.5|