Medical Assisting: Clinical

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02322)

Prepares students for an entry level career in medical assisting with a clinical emphasis. Students gain an understanding of basic medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical assisting clinical procedures including obtaining vital signs, preparing patients for and assisting with examinations and procedures, infection control, laboratory and diagnostic tests, venipuncture (blood drawing) and immunization administration. Graduates of the Medical Assisting – Clinical certificate program are prepared for employment in a variety of medical and healthcare settings.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Student will read patient charts and determine proper procedures to be followed in processing of the chart.
  • Student will analyze a medical record and discuss the contents with the medical professional to process paper work properly.
  • Student will demonstrate the ability to draw blood with precision in a timely manner.
  • Student will apply personal skills, positive attitudes, cultural awareness, professional medical ethics, and learned front and back office practice proficiently with health professionals and patients within the medical setting.

Gainful Employment

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Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MEDOP 20 HEALTH CARE ESSENTIALS 3
MEDOP 230 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
BUS 211 COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 3
COMM 174 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
 Units12
Second Semester
MEDOP 236 PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 3
MEDOP 135 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 3
MEDOP 133 HUMAN STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS 3
MEDOP 121 ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS 2
 Units11
Third Semester
MEDOP 234 CLINICAL PROCEDURES 4
MEDOP 27 PHYSICIAN OFFICE LABORATORY PROCEDURES 4
MEDOP 25 MEDICAL ASSISTING-CLINICAL PRACTICUM 3
 Units11
 Total Units34