|Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________||Catalog: 2019-20 Academic Catalog Program: Medical Assistant - MEDA.COC Minimum Credits Required:__________________|
Medical Assistant - MEDA.COC
The STCC Medical Assistant program offers a one-plus-one option. All students who are accepted into the Medical Assisting department will enter the Certificate option for the first year. After successful completion of the certificate requirements students will be eligible to enter the workforce and/or transfer to the associate degree program for one additional year. The one-year Certificate of Completion prepares students to perform routine administrative and clinical skills in a variety of health care settings. Administrative responsibilities may include answering telephones, scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping. Clinical duties can vary according to state law but typically include activities such as taking medical histories, performing vital signs, preparing and assisting with examinations and procedures, performing venipuncture, recording electrocardiograms and administering injections. Medical Assistants work in variety of settings including physician’s offices, clinics, laboratories and hospitals.
The Medical Assistant program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Medical Assistants are multiskilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires a master of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skill requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the into the profession.
A supervised, unpaid externship of at least 160 contact hours in an ambulatory setting must be completed. The 3 credit externship component of the program meets beyond the published end of the spring semester and continues to the end of June. Students must be aware that the externship period will require traveling and that they are responsible for their own transportation. Medical Assistant courses are planned in conjunction with the clinical agencies, and may deviate from the college hours. Students will be required to participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions. All students will be required to assume the role of “patient” as well as that of the “medical assistant.”
Students who complete this program may articulate into the two-year Medical Assistant associate degree program. Graduates of this accredited program are eligible to become credentialed by successfully completing the certification exam administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA.) Upon successful completion they will earn the credentials CMA (AAMA). Graduates may also be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant, RMA, credential exam administered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) as well as a national certification exam for Phlebotomists.
Upon successful completion of the requirements for this program, a Certificate of Completion in Medical Assistant will be awarded.
Accreditation and Program Outcomes
Springfield Technical Community College’s Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
The Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion program at Springfield Technical Community College has a job placement rate of 90% for the admission cohort that entered in 2016. The employer satisfaction for that same year is 100%.
Applying to this Program
Applying for Re-Admission to this Program
Students who leave this health program before completing it may apply for re-admission. Students reapplying to the program must resubmit an application, all supporting documents and essay with updated official transcripts. Students will be eligible to receive up to a maximum of one re-admission. Click here for information about the re-admission policy and process.
Additional Requirements for Accepted Students
Deposit: If offered admission, a non-refundable $50.00 deposit will be required to secure your acceptance to this Program.
Mandatory Health Records: All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health and Wellness Center by July 1 of the admission year. The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Building 19 Room 177 (413-755-4230). For additional information and required forms please visit the Health and Wellness Center website at http://www.stcc.edu/healthservices. The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner.
Background Check: College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.
Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the program.
Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities. Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal with the Vice President of Student and Multicultural Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s determination.
Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.
Drug Screening Policy for Clinical Placement: The School of Health & Patient Simulation is committed to high quality education and providing excellent clinical experiences to students in the health professions. Students are expected to perform at their highest functional level during all educational and clinical experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient safety. Thus a student’s performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by prescription or non-prescribed drugs or alcohol use. Students enrolling in Health Professions programs are required to undergo and pass a drug and/or alcohol screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility. Students assigned to clinical education experiences at our contracted facilities may also be required to undergo and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that clinical facility and in the program. Students who fail a screening, or refuse to submit to a screening within the designated time frame will be ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program. Students with a positive drug test may challenge the results of the test within five (5) business days of notification of the drug test results. This challenge must be in writing and delivered to the college’s Director of Health Services. Students may re-apply for re-entry into a health program after one year. Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis.
Students who are notified of a negative-dilute result will submit to a random drug test within 24 hours of the previous test in order to confirm the negative status of the screening. Additional random testing may also be required under the guidelines listed in your program’s handbook. A student who claims that he/she tested positive due to a prescription drug and was unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall be required to provide evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and dosage amounts within five (5) business days of notification of the drug test results to the college’s Director of the Health and Wellness Center. Failure to complete this notification will result in the student being ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program
Students who test positive for marijuana are unable to continue in a clinical placement, which will affect their status in the health program. A student who has a prescription for Medical Marijuana and tests positive for marijuana will also be ineligible to participate in clinical placement due to the federal restriction on the use of marijuana. While the use of Medical Marijuana is permitted in Massachusetts, marijuana remains classified as a controlled substance under federal law and its use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions remains prohibited.
Programmatic Technical Standards: Technical Standards reflect performance abilities and essential skills that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of a specified program. Students with disabilities must be able to meet the technical standards of the program with reasonable accommodations as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA.) See the link below. Program Technical Standard forms found in your admission acceptance packet must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center by July 1. The Health and Wellness Center is located in Building 19, Room 177 (413 755-4230)
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Program Requirements and Advancement
|Course Name||credits||Term Taken||Grade||Gen Ed|
|MED-101 - Introduction to Medical Assisting||3 credits|
|MED-102 - Human Body in Health and Disease||3 credits|
|MED-103 - Introduction to Pharmacology (Note 4)||1 credits|
|MED-104 - Pharmacology/Dosage & Calculations (Note 4)||1 credits|
|MED-105 - Medical Office Administration 1 (Note 1)||3 credits|
|MED-106 - Medical Assistant Techniques 1 (Note 1)||3 credits|
|MED-106L - Lab: Medical Assistant Techniques 1 (Note 1)||1 credits|
Total: 15 credits
|Course Name||credits||Term Taken||Grade||Gen Ed|
|MED-107 - Medical Assistant Techniques 2 (Note 2)||3 credits|
|MED-107L - Lab: Medical Assistant Techniques 2||1 credits|
|MED-108 - Medical Office Administration 2 (Note 2)||1 credits|
|MED-109 - Administrative Skills for the Medical Assistant||3 credits|
|MED-110 - Venipuncture/Phlebotomy for Medical Assistant (Note 4)||1 credits|
|MED-111 - Applied Legal Concepts (Med Assistant) (Note 4)||1 credits|
|MED-120 - Medical Assistant Techniques 3 (Note 3)||3 credits|
|MED-120L - Lab: Medical Assistant Techniques 3 (Note 3)||0 credits|
|MLT-127 - Lab Skills for the Medical Assistant (Note 4)||1 credits|
|MLT-127L - Lab Skills for Medical Assistants (Note 4)||0 credits|
Total: 14 credits
Total (MEDA.COC) Curriculum Program Credits: 29