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Program Overview

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

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SCC’s Medical Assisting Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


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Fall Medical Assisting students must turn in all materials by February 15 for early admission, and by August 2 for final admission.

The Medical Assisting Curriculum is designed to follow a continuous flow of learning, with skills building upon each course in progression. All courses required in the medical assisting program must be taken in the sequence outlined in the curriculum. Students may not take medical assisting courses out of sequence, and must comply with all departmental policies. General Education courses may be taken prior to enrollment in the medical assisting program.

A medical assisting student prohibited from participating in a clinical agency will be dismissed from the medical assisting program due to their inability to progress.

Note: This is a selective admission program. Please see the Enrollment Information section for admission requirements.

Surry Community College Medical Assisting Program Outcomes as reported to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board 2019 Annual Report:

The medical assisting program at Surry Community College has a job placement rate of 94% for the 2018 graduates. The program has a retention rate of 100% for the admission cohort that entered in 2018, and there are a number of support services available to students so they can successfully complete the program. In 2017 the exam passage rate for graduates was 100%.

Resources:

Medical Assisting Point Count Worksheet

Program Contacts:

Carol Roberts

Director - Medical Assisting

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Associate Dean - Health Sciences

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MED-110 Orientation to Medical Assisting 1
MED-121 Medical Terminology I 3
OST-131 Keyboarding 2

Spring Semester

MAT-110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
MED-118 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MED-122 Medical Terminology II 3
MED-130 Administrative Office Procedures I 2
MED-140 Examining Room Procedures I 5
MED-232 Medical Insurance Coding 2
MED-276 Patient Education 2

Fall Semester

MED-131 Administrative Office Procedures II 2
MED-150 Laboratory Procedures I 5
MED-240 Examining Room Procedures II 5
MED-270 Symptomatology 3
MED-272 Drug Therapy 3

Spring Semester

ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MED-230 Administrative Office Procedures III 2
MED-260 MED Clinical Practicum 5
MED-264 Medical Assisting Overview 2
PSY-118 Interpersonal Psychology 3
OR
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 73 Hours

Certificate Curriculum

Fall Semester

BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
MED-110 Orientation to Medical Assisting 1
MED-121 Medical Terminology I 3

Spring Semester

MED-122 Medical Terminology II 3
OST-131 Keyboarding 2
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 17 Hours

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

A goal of the Medical Assisting A.A.S. program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

  • Be prepared as competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral communication formats using appropriate medical terminology.
  • Effectively apply diagnostic and clerical procedures such as vitals, lab testing, basic anatomy and physiology, and triage in a medical environment.
  • Apply safe and professional procedures with Asepsis control in a medical environment.
  • Exhibit an understanding of ethical, legal, and professional rules of conduct required by CAAHEP.

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