Cerro Coso Community College

Medical Assisting Degree

Medical Assisting AS

What can I do with this?

The Medical Assisting AS Degree

  • Prepares students for the State Exam for Medical Assistants (CCBMA).
  • Provides the students with the opportunity to develop the necessary administrative and clinical skills needed to be an effective medical assistant.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates Degree
  • Enhance career opportunities as a Medical Assistant

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.

What will I learn?

  • 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.

What courses do I take?

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

9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learners practice file management, email, instant messaging, and Internet browsing and searching. This course includes a brief introduction to industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation application programs. Computer terminology and identification of fundamental hardware and software applications are also introduced. (Formerly CSCI C070.)

Advisory: ENGL C070

36 hours lecture. This course is designed to prepare the student to recognize human behaviors and communicate effectively with clients and other healthcare providers in the workplace. Topics include verbal, non-verbal communication techniques, listening skills, therapeutic communication skills and communicating with other healthcare providers. This course meets the competency standards for CAAHEP and CCBMA certification.

Advisory: ENGL C070

27 hours lecture. This course is designed to explore the theories, models and principles that serve as guides for ethical behavior within the medical assistant context. The student explores the complexities of the ethical and legal aspects of patient care related to the medical assistant’s practice, all the while emphasizing the importance of principled behavior in personal and professional situations.

Advisory: ENGL C070

27 hours lecture. This course covers concepts and techniques for managing and maintaining manual and electronic health records (EHR). Topics include structure and use of health information including data collection and analysis, data sources/sets, archival systems, and quality and integrity of health care data. The focus of this course is system-wide clinical documentation guidelines and regulatory standards.

54 hours lecture. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine. The components of medical terminology are highly beneficial for any individual with a healthcare employment objective. The course presents the components of medical works including word roots, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. Using medical terminology as a focal point, the systems of the body are discussed.

Administrative Medical Assisting

Advisory: ENGL C101

9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides the learner with a basic understanding of word processing with Microsoft Word, including document creation, formatting, and editing. Learners create, edit, and format business letters, multiple-page reports, newsletters, and cover letters. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office User certification exam for Word.

Advisory: BSOT C075, ENGL C101

9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel beginning with spreadsheet design, creation, revision, formatting, and printing a workbook. Basic formulas, functions, and syntax are introduced along with an introduction to using charts and graphs. Problem solving for Excel solutions is also emphasized. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office User Certification exam for Excel.

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

54 hours lecture. This course enables the student to gain a wide range of skills that may be required in a medical front office which is an area that is constantly changing. It covers basic office procedures, which include receptionist, appointments, scheduling, telephone techniques, interpersonal relations, computer data entry, oral communication, and medico-legal doctrines.

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

54 hours lecture. This course presents the basic functions of the insurance and billing practices for healthcare workers. Topics include management of basic financial activities for healthcare facilities including medical insurance, methods of establishing professional fees, billing laws and regulations, banking, and bookkeeping.

Co-requisite: HCRS C133

36 hours lecture. This course presents a thorough discussion of basic International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding. Procedural coding and International Classification of Diseases provides students with the detailed knowledge to implement the specialized coding needed for billing insurance companies.

Prerequisite: HCRS C133, HCRS C134, HCRS C135 or concurrent enrollment

90 hours volunteer work experience. The Clinical Externship is a practical application of the theory and skills learned in the classroom. The student participates in front office procedures under the direct supervision of the physician and the office manager and the indirect supervision of the classroom instructor.

Clinical Medical Assisting

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This is an introductory course designed to provide basic education and training for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a medical or clinical back office. Topics include basic infection control, Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations, principles of nutrition, vital signs and height/weight measurements, initial medical record documentation, and maintenance of the clinical facility. Common office practices, such as vital signs are discussed and practiced in the Skills Lab.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course is designed to provide advanced education and training for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a medical or clinical back office. Topics include patient history and interviewing, techniques of assisting the physician with patients, minor surgeries and sterile dressing changes, staple and suture removal, theory of x-ray examination and treatment, patient education, electrocardiographic methods, and first aid. Common office procedures are discussed and practiced in the Skills Lab. Emphasis is placed the role of the medical assistant.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides basic education and training in medications and administration for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in the medical back office environment. Topics include basic mathematics, terminology, medication orders, medication administration including oral and injection and documentation. Emphasis is on client education and the role of the medical assistant.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This introductory laboratory course provides basic education and training for a medical assistant in a physician’s office laboratory. The focus of the training includes methods of specimen collection, principles of routine office laboratory tests, techniques for blood tests, microbiology office procedures, and blood withdrawal.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136, HCRS C137. Co-requisite: HCRS C137

90 hours volunteer work experience. The Clinical Externship is a practical application of the theory and skills learned in the classroom and lab. The student participates in physician’s office or clinic providing patient care under the direct supervision of the physician and the office manager with indirect supervision of the classroom instructor.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

All students must complete a Certified Background Check before participating in the program.

This program is authorized by California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants. To learn more about the agency or to submit a complaint about Cerro Coso Community College's program after trying to resolve the issue through the local Student Complaint Policy, contact the agency at www.ccbma.org.

Program Pathways

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All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $19,740 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $23,340 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

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