SLCC General Catalog

Medical Assistant CC

CTE Certificate of Completion
49 credits minimum

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Program Description

Medical assistants are trained primarily to work in doctors’ offices, clinics or health maintenance facilities. As members of an allied health care profession, their role is to assist with care and treatment of patients in both administrative and clinical procedures.

Students must demonstrate efficiency by passing all courses and competencies required in the program, including successful completion of CPR and first aid certification, before placement in a practicum site.

Students complete a 200-hour unpaid practicum at a primary health care facility. Students must return ALL practicum evaluations and hours (records) properly signed by practicum supervisor and student to the practicum coordinator of the Allied Health Medical Assistant Program. Only upon successful completion of the program and practicum with a C (74%) or better, and receipt of all practicum evaluations will the student receive the Certificate of Certification.

Career Opportunities

Medical Assistant Program graduates possess entry-level skills in all administrative and clinical practices. They also receive extensive training in advanced competencies of the multi-skilled practitioner. As a result, graduates are of immediate value to the physician/employer. Emphasis is placed on development and understanding of personal and professional relationships.

Program Entry Requirements

Admission Process

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.  

    Send to:

    SLCC Incoming Transcripts
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808

  4. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  The form is located at www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/transferring-to-slcc.  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  5. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing
  6. Program course prerequisites are as follows (must be completed with a C or better).

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

MATH 0950

Pre-Algebra

3

A

MATH 0900 w/ a C or better w/in the past year OR appropriate accuplacer score

(OR ACT/SAT/Accuplacer placement into MATH 0990 within the past year)

WRTG 0990

College Prep Writing

3

A

WRTG 0900 w/ a C or better OR appropriate accuplacer score

(OR ACT/SAT/Accuplacer placement into ENGL 1010 within the past two years)


Application Requirements

See the Medical Assisting webpage for essential information regarding completion of application requirements at www.slcc.edu/medicalassistant

Course Fees

See www.slcc.edu/medicalassistant for course fees

Estimated Cost for Students

See tuition table at www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees

Estimated Time to Completion

Three semesters

Specialized Accreditation

The Salt Lake Community College Allied Health Medical Assistant Program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health) and the AAMA (America Association of Medical Assistants) Chicago, IL. The MAERB (Medical Assisting Education Review Board) has established thresholds for outcome assessments in medical assistant programs accredited by CAAHEP, one of which is successfully passing the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) exam with an overall score of 70% or better. All program graduates will be required to take this exam within five years of completion of the program as mandated by the AAMA for program accreditation.    

Required Courses: (49 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PSY 1100

Human Growth & Dev

3

A

 

MA 1100

Medical Terminology

2

A

 

MA 1200

Medical Office Mgmt

4

A

Proof of word processing proficiency

MA 1210

Practical Med Office Mgmt

2

A

Coreq: MA 1200

MA 1300

Clinical Pharmacology

4

A

MA 1100 and 1420

MA 1310

Med/Phelobotomy Skills

2

A

MA 1200, 1210 and 1420

MA 1420

Clinical Pathology I

3

A

Coreq: MA 1100

MA 1600

Patient Care

2

A

MA 1100 and 1420 and PSY 1100

MA 1610

Practical Patient Care

4

A

MA 1600

MA 2240

Med Office Comm

2

A

MA 1100, 1200 and 1210

MA 2300

Med Coding Procedures

3

A

MA 1100 and 1420

MA 2420

Clinical Pathology II

3

A

MA 1420

MA 2540

Practical Radiology

2

A

MA 1420, 1600 and/or instructor approval

MA 2550

Practical Appl Radiology

3

A

MA 2540

MA 2600

Adv Patient Care

2

A

MA 1420 and 1600

MA 2610

Practical Adv Patient Care

4

A

MA 1310. Coreq: MA 2600

MA 2810

Medical Asst Externship

4

A

Successful completion of all required courses w/74%

 

Sample Schedule

Prerequisites

Credits

 

 

WRTG 0990

3

 

 

MATH 0950

3

 

 

Total

6

 

 

1st Year Schedule

1st Semester

Credits

2nd Semester

Credits

MA  1100

2

MA 1600

2

MA 1200

4

MA 1610

4

MA 1210

2

MA 2240

2

MA 1420

3

MA 1300

4

PSY 1100

3

MA 1310

2

 

 

MA 2420

3

Total

14

Total

17

2nd Year Schedule

3rd Semester

Credits

 

 

MA 2300

3

 

 

MA 2540

2

 

 

MA 2550

3

 

 

MA 2600

2

 

 

MA 2610

4

 

 

MA 2810

4

 

 

Total

18

 

 

 

Advising notes

The MA program starts a new cohort of 20 students every Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  Students will take MA courses full-time. Students must complete the planned curriculum in sequential order without interruption.

Attendance is mandatory for both theory and clinical sections. All MA clinical classes must be successfully completed at 80% or better and MA lecture classes must be successfully completed at 74% or better. Students are allowed two attempts for successful completion of the courses. All students in the MA program must complete a 200 hour practicum without pay after successful completion of all MA courses. The MA Practicum Coordinator will make arrangements for placements at a clinical site for students. It is the students’ responsibility to arrange their work and child care schedules to meet the MA 2810 practicum requirements. CPR certification will be required before practicum placement.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate through oral, written, nonverbal means, through technological means to health care professionals and patients to meet needs and implement change.

2 – Communicate Effectively

7- Computer Literacy

  • Students will also demonstrate knowledge of cultural differences and diversity and its impact on a patient’s medical care and their compliance with a physician’s instructions.

5 – Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

6- Interact Competently Across Cultures/ Professionalism

  • Students in the Medical Assistant program will be proficient in all the 59 competencies required by the AAMA for program accreditation. 

1 – Substantive Knowledge

  • Exiting students will perform all administrative and clinical skills at or above the stated entry level minimums.

1 – Substantive Knowledge

  • Students will be employed either full or part time in the medical assistant field within six months of graduation or will be pursuing further education

1 – Substantive Knowledge

  • All students will successfully  pass all math competencies and/or tests in the program at 75% or better

3 – Develop Quantitative Literacy

  • All MA students will successfully complete the CMA exam.

1 – Substantive Knowledge

Department Contact Info

Allied Health Division

Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 059A

Program Information
801-957-6215

Medical Assistant Program

Academic Advising
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 047
801-957- 6407

Health Science Admissions
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 047
801-957-6253

Program Faculty

Assistant Professors
Diana L. Carroll
Lori Rager-Anderson
Jana Tucker

Instructors
Diane Robinson