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The classes needed for this degree are available at the Lake Isabella and Ridgecrest campuses. The set of courses for the Administrative Medical Assisting part of the degree are available online, along with some of the general education courses needed to complete this degree. See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this degree.
This degree requires 60 units and will likely take 4 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($200 + $42) per unit
= $2760 in tuition and fees
= $14,520 in tuition and fees
+ ~$3500* for books and supplies
= $6260 across four semesters or $1565 per semester
= $18,020 across four semesters or $4505 per semester
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.
The 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.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
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|
|BSOT C121||Beginning Word||1 Unit|
|BSOT 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|
For general questions, contact:Annette Hodgins
Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this degree.