Cochise College

CATALOG 2014-15

Medical Assistant - Certificate (Major Code - MEDA)

The Medical Assistant Certificate provides training for entry-level employment in a medical practice setting, with emphasis on the routine administrative and clinical tasks required in the day-to-day operation of offices and clinics of health professionals. It introduces students to telephone techniques and other front office functions such as filing and coding insurance claims, scheduling patients, and keeping electronic medical records. It also introduces them to back office skills that include taking vital signs, assisting with electrocardiograms and other special procedures, using medical terminology, and administering medication. The certificate’s externship course offers practical experience in a medical office setting. Prior to certificate completion, students take the Medical Assistant certification examination to become certified as Registered Medical Assistants.

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CORE CURRICULUM*

27 CREDITS

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIO 160

4

Medical Terminology

HLT 101

2

CPR and First Aid**

HLT 111

1

Medical Assistant I

HLT 139

8

Medical Assistant II

HLT 140

12

TOTAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

27 CREDITS

*See course descriptions for prerequisites and other requirements.

**HLT 111 must be taken at Cochise College or at an accredited college or university.