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MEDICAL ASSISTING

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Description: Medical Assisting is a five (5) semester degree program that trains the student for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician. Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, filing medical and insurance reports, and arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•   Students will phone in new or refills for prescription medications.
•   Students will apply sterile gloves and maintain sterility.
•   Students will administer an Intramuscular Injection.
•   Students will correctly summarize causes, symptoms, ways to diagnose, method of transmission (if any) and treatment options for a specific disease as assigned.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Two (2) Semesters of prerequisite courses and Four (4) of occupational courses

Cost of Program: Day Admit. Evening Admit.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each term for general education courses; however, all prerequisite courses (BIOL 2113 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy and Physiology Lab I, BIOL 2114 – Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy and Physiology Lab II, One Degree level Mathematics Course, and ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology for AHS) must be successfully completed prior to beginning certain cohort occupational courses.

Program Admission: Moultrie: Fall; Thomasville: Spring Semester; Tifton: Summer.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Contact Advisor or Admissions for details. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, First Aid Certification, Physical Exam, Current Immunizations, Drug Toxicology and Criminal Background Check.

Program Final Exit Point: Medical Assisting, Associate of Applied Science.

Credits Required for Graduation: 66 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Curriculum

Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 15
 
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
    Required Course(s):
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
 
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
 
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
    Required Course(s):
     One Mathematics Course
 
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
 
  And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3
     
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
    COLL 1500 Student Success