Medical Assistant Program 

Medical Assistants are health care professionals who are cross-trained to work in all areas of a physician's office or other ambulatory care setting. This includes the front office, the clinical area assisting with patients and in the laboratory.

Medical Assisting is projected by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the fastest growing careers in health care:

"Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 34% from 2008-2018." http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-6

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Greenville Technical College/CCD have employment opportunities in physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health departments, and hospital clinics.

Highlights from the 2015 Annual Report to the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board indicate that

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are extremely satisfied with the education that they receive; there is an average 99% graduate satisfaction and a 100% employer satisfaction over the last five years.  Job placement for graduates for the same five-year reporting period is 74%.   

In 2013 and 2014, 94% of our graduates passed their American Association of Medical Assistant certification exam far surpassing the national average.

Class Schedule

EVENING PROGRAM - Fall 2016

  • 930 Hours (Approximately 20 months)
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

DAY PROGRAM - New Class stats June 6, 2016

  • 930 Hours (Approximately 17 months)
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Registration and Requirements

Your first step for entering the Medical Assistant Program is to schedule an interview with the Program Manager or a program associate.

Call (864) 250-8050 to schedule appointment for your interview.

Registration Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Attend an information sharing session with Program Manager or program associate.
    Call (864) 250-8050 for appointment
  • Obtain a background check
  • Provide copy of high school diploma or GED, or proof of further education
  • Provide a copy of Drivers License
  • Complete Entrance Testing
    Information regarding Entrance Testing will be provided to you by the Program Manager
    • ASSET Score: Reading - 41, Writing- 42, Math - 45
    • COMPASS Score: Reading - 82, Writing - 70, Pre-Algebra - 50 
  • Have acceptable computer skills. Students will be using Blackboard, Greenville Technical College's online college, in addition to live lecture and lab classes.
  • After entry in to the program, submit written documentation of emotional and physical ability to carry out the normal medical assistant duties as demonstrated by a report of physical examination by a licensed practicing physician or nurse practitioner.
    • This report must be current with 6 months
    • Students are required to show proof of a negative 2 Step PPD (Tuberculin Test) prior to the Externship assignments.If previous test was positive, proof of follow-up chest x-ray is required.
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine is strongly recommended due to the potential for exposure in the clinical setting.
    • All required immunizations must be documented and up-to-date or blood titer results provided documenting immunity, including MMR, Varicella, and Diphtheria/Tetanus.

  Medical Assistant Program Student Handbook  (pdf)

Program Costs

REGISTRATION FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM IS PAID FOR BY SECTION.

Evening Program Registration Costs:

Course NumberCourse NameCost
BOD568Medical Assistant I - Introduction $811 + $140 (Tech Fee)
BOD569Medical Assistant II - Administrative $901
BOD570 Medical Assistant III - Clinical $983
BOD571 Medical Assistant IV - Laboratory $1,103

 

  

Daytime Program Registration Costs:

Course Number Course NameCost
BOD601Medical Assistant Section I - Day $811 + $140 (Tech Fee)
BOD602 Medical Assistant Section II - Day $901
BOD603 Medical Assistant Section III - Day $983
BOD604 Medical Assistant Section IV - Day $1,103

 

Other Costs:

Books Estimated Cost $482.00 (Book Prices Are Subject To Change) 
Uniform Estimated Cost $170.00 (For 2 sets of scrubs, shoes, lab coat) 
CPR For Healthcare Providers $95.00 (includes book and mask) 
Criminal Background Check $35.00 (Done at SR&I)
Preclinical Orientation Online    $42.00
National Certification Exam$125.00
Physical and Immunizations Will vary according to immunization needs 
  
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:$4,887.00 (Does not include physical and immunizations)

Fees are subject to change


The Medical Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College/CCD does not qualify for financial aid.
You should discuss payment options with program manager, including payment plans, loan options and scholarships.

Uniform is required for class beginning in Section II.

 

Curriculum

The Medical Assistant Program is presented progressively in 4 Sections. Students must pass a Section with a minimum overall average/score of 75% in order to move into the next Section.

Section I Introduction BOD-568 (Evening Classes)
BOD-601 (Daytime Classes)

  • Medical History
  • The Medical Assisting Profession
  • Professionalism
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Behavior/Stages of Development

Section II Administrative BOD-569 (Evening classes)
BOD-602 (Daytime Classes)

  • Telephone Techniques
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Written Communications
  • Insurance and Basics of Insurance Coding
  • Office Finances/ Basic Bookkeeping
  • How to use medical software/EMRs
  • Verbal and Non-verbal communication skills
  • HIPAA

There is an 80 hour required practicum/externship included, which is done in the administrative or front office area of an affiliated medical facility.

Section III Clinical BOD-570 (Evening classes)
BOD-603 (Daytime Classes
)

  • Infection Control
  • Patient Education, Patient Assessment, Nutrition
  • Vital Signs
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacology Math
  • Administering Medications
  • Assisting in Specialty Areas and Emergencies
  • Disease Processes by System
  • Assisting with Patient Exams
  • How to do EKGs and Respiratory Testing
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • How to Assist with Minor Office Surgery

Section IV Laboratory BOD-571 (Evening Classes)
BOD-604 (Daytime Classes)

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Documentation
  • How to Gather Materials for Testing
  • Phlebotomy and Capillary Punctures
  • Lab Values
  • Performing CLIA waived testing in the physician's office

There is a 120-hour required practicum/externship included, which is completed in the clinical and laboratory areas of an affiliated medical facility.

Practicum/Externship:

  • Externship is a mandatory part of the Medical Assistant Program.
  • Evening Program: The student is placed in an affiliated office, unpaid, for 80 hours at the end of Sections II and 120 hours at the end of Section IV (for a total of 200 hours).
  • Daytime Program: Student will be placed in an affiliated office, unpaid, for 80 hours at the end of Section II and 120 hours at the end of Section IV (for a total of 200 hours).
  • Successful completion of the Externship is a required component for satisfactory course completion

CLINICAL PLACEMENT/Externship

The Practicum (Externship) portion of the Medical Assistant program is a time students will have "hands on" experience in a real world setting. It is one of the most important parts of a student's training. Students will use the skills they have learned in the classroom and learn new skills under the supervision of a preceptor.

  • Students will be placed in offices in the community who have entered into affiliation agreements with the college.
  • We make an effort to place medical assistant students in offices or clinics in their community. However, we cannot guarantee such placement. Students are required to attend where they are placed.
  • Students are responsible for transportation to their clinical sites.
  • Student attendance at their clinical site is mandatory. Failure to complete required clinical hours may result is unsuccessful completion of the program. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay the required hours.
  • Unsatisfactory performance during a clinical placement may also result in unsuccessful completion of the program.

Before a student can be placed in a clinical site they must provide the following:

  1. Physical form completed by physician or nurse practitioner
  2. Proof of immunity for Diphtheria/Tetanus, Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps (proof of having 2 MMR Vaccines or positive Titers); Documented Negative 2 Step PPD (Tuberculin Test); Varicella Titer - chickenpox (positive titer - if negative titer, documentation of vaccination); adult Hepatitis B series, positive Hepatitis B Titer, or signed Waiver if vaccine is declined; and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination.   
  3. Current American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Provider Certification
  4. Proof of completion - Healthstreams Online Preclinical Orientation
  5. Attendance of Practicum Orientation

Accreditation

The Medical Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board http://www.maerb.com

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
http://www.caahep.org

Graduates of our CAAHEP accredited program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

The value of the CMA credential is recognized by employers across the country. CMA skills are in demand in a wide range of health care delivery settings, and the credential is valid wherever the CMA goes.

For more information visit the AAMA website: http://www.aama-ntl.org

Highlights from the 2015 Annual Report to the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board indicate that

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are extremely satisfied with the education that they receive; there is an average 99% graduate satisfaction and a 100% employer satisfaction over the last five years.  Job placement for graduates for the same five-year reporting period is 74%.   

 In 2013 and 2014, 94% of our graduates passed their American Association of Medical Assistant certification exam far surpassing the national average.

Goals and outcomes

PROGRAM GOALS:

The Medical Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College, Corporate and Career Development Division, working with all communities of interest, will provide quality, outcomes based education and training in a secure environment conducive to learning in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.

  • In the Cognitive Domain students will receive required curriculum from qualified instructors in formats that will accommodate different learning styles to include lecture, visual aids, assessments and independent study to ensure and document grasp of content. Communities of interest will have input as to the appropriateness of curriculum through survey and interview.
  • In the Affective Domain students will be presented scenarios to demonstrate communication and critical thinking skills to prepare them for situations they will confront in the workplace.
  • In the Psychomotor Domain students will be offered the opportunity for "hands on" skills training both in the lab and in the clinical site to verify competency as an "entry level medical assistant".

Instruction will be presented to meet the needs of the non-traditional student to achieve a positive outcome and meet all required curriculum standards for training the "entry-level" medical assistant.

We will work to instill the qualities of professionalism, integrity and responsibility in our students to prepare them to be outstanding members of the medical assisting community.


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of the medical assistant program, the student's expected outcomes are as follows. The Medical Assistant Program objectives form the backbone of the program/graduate competencies and outcomes.
The objectives of the program are to provide skilled "entry level" medical assistants who perform effectively by:

  1. Applying knowledge of anatomy and physiology to better understand the disease process.
  2. Applying legal and ethical concepts within the scope of practice.
  3. Demonstrating professionalism as a health care provider.
  4. Applying knowledge of medical laboratory techniques to accurately interpret laboratory test results.
  5. Demonstrating knowledge of clinical procedures and pharmacology administration in patient care in a medical practice to culturally diverse populations.
  6. Applying various administrative techniques in an administrative role in a medical practice to deliver cost effective and quality health care.
  7. Applying the correct procedure of Standard Precautions to the patient, self, and others.
  8. Recognizing emergency patient conditions and initiating life-saving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
  9. Incorporate critical thinking skills and computer literacy to provide quality care to patients. 

Professional Development Courses

Medical Assistants who seek advanced credentials or learned on-the-job and may lack national certification may take advantage of these professional development courses.

National Certification Exam for Medical Assistant
IV Therapy for Medical Assistant