Cerro Coso Community College

Medical Assisting Degree

Medical Assisting AS

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.

  • 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.

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

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learners practice file management, email, instant messaging, 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 is introduced. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 27 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 27 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. 54 hours lecture.

Administrative Medical Assisting

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide basic understanding of word processing concepts using Microsoft Word. Learners create, edit, and format documents including business letters, multiple-page reports, newsletters, and cover letters. Mail merge and desktop publishing are also introduced. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide a basic understanding of spreadsheets. Spreadsheet design, creation, revision, formatting and printing are covered. The learner creates basic sales or expense reports, family budgets and basic business related spreadsheet documents using Microsoft Excel features and functions. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Application Specialist certification exam for Excel. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

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

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. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course presents a thorough discussion of office finance management and insurance. Insurance coding and billing prepares the student to undertake the details necessary for implementing the specialized insurance forms utilized in the modern healthcare system. Included in the course insurance exercises are Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicaid-MediCal, CHAMPUS, Unemployment and Worker's Compensation, and Health Maintenance Organizations. 54 hours lecture.

Co-requisite: HCRS C133

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. 36 hours lecture.

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

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. 90 hours volunteer work experience.

Clinical Medical Assisting

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

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. 45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136

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. 45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

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. 27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

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. 27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

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

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. 90 hours volunteer work experience.

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.

Campuses

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

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.

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 $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 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.

For general questions, contact:

Matthew Wanta
Allied Health
Phone: (760) 384-6331
Email: matthew.wanta@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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