MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Program List

Associate in Science Degree

This program will offer students immediate opportunity for employment in medical offices and ambulatory care centers. The objective of this program is to provide the classroom, laboratory, and field experience that prepares students to be job entry-level competent. The Medical Assisting associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Advisor: Jane O'Grady, jogrady@nwcc.commnet.edu , 860-738-6393

Note: A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required for all MED* designated courses. Additionally, all MED* and BIO* designated courses must be completed within 4 years.

General Education Requirements
  ENG*101 Composition 3

Literature or Communication

ENG*102 Literature & Composition OR Communication Elective 3
Behavioral Science PSY*111 General Psychology I 3
Humanities/ Arts   Humanities or Arts Elective 3
Mathematics MAT* Mathematics Elective 3
Natural/ Physical Science Bio*115 Human Biology 4
Social Science   Social Science Elective 3
Liberal Arts Bio*235 Microbiology 3
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Program Requirements
  MED*111 Administrative Medical Assisting 3
  MED*113 Healthcare Insurance 2
  MED*115 Medical Coding 2
  MED*125 Medical Terminology 3
  MED*133 Clinical Medical Assisting 4
  MED*245 Clinical Laboratory Procedures & Practices 4
  MED*250 Principles of Pharmacology 3
  MED*281 Medical Assisting Externship 4
  PHL*112 Medical Ethics 3
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Specialized Program Requirements
  CSA*105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
  MED*216 Electronic Medical Records Management 3
  RLS*201 First Aid & Emergency Care 3
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Pending approval.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  1. Sit for the national medical assisting certification examination.
  2. Perform all medical assisting skills at a job-entry level competency.
  3. Accurately maintain healthcare records, upholding all laws and regulations.
  4. Demonstrate accurate problem solving abilities when working as a medical assistant.
  5. Communicate effectively with patients, families and other healthcare providers.
  6. Demonstrate behaviors consistent within the Medical Assisting Code of Ethics.
  7. Competently function within the medical assisting scope of practice.
  8. Competently function within an interdisciplinary healthcare team.