Health Science Department
Sierra Vista Campus
Nursing Building, 300
(800) 966-7943, Ext. 5309
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 meet the national requirements as a Certified Medical Assistant.
This program prepares you for direct employment as a medical assistant, and employment is found in physicians’ offices and other healthcare settings. After gaining work experience, students may take an exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant and may also pursue training and registration in related fields. Medical Assistants earn an average of $9 to $15 an hour for an average salary of $18,000 to $32,000 a year.
Program Length The program takes two semesters, including 180 hours of externship experience. In addition, you must take two courses prior to or concurrent with the medical assistant classes.
Pre-requisite Requirements Minimum grade of “C” is required:
The classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the working adult.
Total cost for 2 semesters
|Approximate Program Cost*||$2956.00|
|Tuition (27 x $77/credit)||$2079|
|Lab Fee( HLT 139 $150 and HLT 140 $150)||$300|
|National Healthcare Association Certification Exam||**$185|
|Uniform||Prices may vary|
|Fingerprint clearance card||$65|
|CPR and First Aid (1 Credit)||$127|
All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
** Fee paid to testing agency.
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