HCRS Medical Assisting
HCRS Medical Assisting Associate in Science Degree (60 units total, 32 units in the major) 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 administrative and clinical skills needed to be an effective medical assistant.
Note: Courses required for the Associate degree major at CCCC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor and http://www.assist.org/ to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals.
You must complete a minimum of 60 units, including the courses listed in the major and general education requirements, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a grade of "A", "B", "C", or "P" in all courses for the major. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Cerro Coso Community College.
Completion of the Cerro Coso local General Education Pattern DOES NOT prepare a student for transfer. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year school, depending on your transfer goal, you should select Option B or C only. For more information refer to the general education section of the catalog.
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 role in healthcare.
- Perform Medical Assisting procedures competently, such as OSHA standards, electronic technologies, and medical records.
- Achieve entry level Medical Assisting competencies, such as verbal communication, medical and surgical aseptic, basic banking procedures, medical insurance, and physical assessments which satisfy industry needs.
- Identify State of California regulations that govern the healthcare industry for Medical Assistants.
- Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of concepts and principles of medical assisting.
- Ridgecrest Indian Wells Valley Campus
- Lake Isabella Kern River Valley Campus
- Bishop/Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Center Campus
Note: Students at the IWV and ESCC campuses will need to take the Administrative Medical Assisting courses online.
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|
|Administrative Medical Assisting|
|CSCI C121||Beginning Word||1 Unit|
|CSCI C123||Beginning Excel||1|
|HCRS C133||Medical Office Procedures||3|
|HCRS C134||Medical Insurance and Billing||3|
|HCRS C135||Basic ICD and CPT Coding||2|
|HCRS C142||Medical Assistant Administrative Externship||1.5|
|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|
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
|OPTION A||Cerro Coso Local General Education Pattern|
|OPTION B||CSU General Education Breadth|
|OPTION C||IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum|