Program Description: Medical Assisting is a five (5) semester diploma 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, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services. The Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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) semesters of occupational courses
Cost of Program: Day Admit. Evening Admit.
Entrance Date: Beginning of each term for general education courses; however, all prerequisite courses (ALHS 1011 –Structure and Function of the Human Body, One Diploma 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: Applicant must be 17 years of age or older.
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, Drug Toxicology, Physical Exam, Current Immunizations, Criminal Background Check.
Note: As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to sit for the Medical Assisting Certification Examination unless granted a waiver by the Certifying Board. The waiver would be based on one or more mitigating circumstances listed in the Disciplinary Standards. Disciplinary standards are available in the office of the Southern Regional Technical College Medical Assisting Program Director.
In order for a student to graduate, he/she must sit for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam prior to graduation.
Program Final Exit Point: Medical Assisting, Diploma. Eligible to apply for additional national certification exams.
Credits Required for Graduation: 57 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.
The Southern Regional Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; 25400 U.S. Hwy 19 North, Clearwater, FL, 33763; Phone: 1-727-210-2350; web site: www.caahep.org.
Note: Certain Credits from this program may be applied to the Medical Assisting degree program.
Program Outcomes: Moultrie Technical College five-year job placement rate is 92%. Southwest Georgia Technical College’s five-year job placement rate is 85%.
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