Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program is intended to prepare students to provide patient care in physician’s offices, minor emergency centers, long-term care facilities, and other types of freestanding medical clinics.  In the clinical role, the medical assistant provides assistance to the physician during assessment and examination of patients, treatment interventions, and in-office diagnostic protocols.  Students in this program will learn to perform physical assessments, take medical histories, take and record vital signs, administer medications, assist with diagnostic procedures, take electrocardiograms, interpret life-threatening arrhythmias, perform venipuncture, and interpret basic laboratory results.

Medical Assistants are also prepared to assume administrative roles in physicians’ offices, including dealing with procedures, billing protocols, coding mechanisms, typing of medical correspondence utilizing appropriate medical terminology, office accounting procedures, and insurance processing.


Associate’s in Applied Science – Medical Assisting

Required Courses

ENG 101 – English Composition

SPH 107 – Public Speaking
MTH 100 – College Algebra
BIO 103 – Principles of Biology
CIS 146 – Microcomputer Applications

Psychology Elective

MAT 101 – Medical Terminology
MAT 102 – Medical Assisting Theory I
MAT 103 – Medical Assisting Theory II
MAT 111 – Clinical Procedures
MAT 120 – Medical Adm. Procedures I
MAT 121 – Medical Adm. Procedures II
MAT 125 – Laboratory Procedures I
MAT 128 – Medical Law and Ethics
MAT 200 – Management of Office Emergencies
MAT 211 – Clinical Procedures II for the Medical Office
MAT 215 – Laboratory Procedures II
MAT 216 – Medical Pharmacology for the Medical Office
MAT 220 – Medical Office Insurance
OAD 212 – Medical Transcription
MAT 229 – Medical Assisting Preceptorship
EMS 11 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation I
ORI 101 – Orientation to College
WKO 101 – Workplace Skill Development I

Clinical Requirements

Clinical requirements for preceptorship will include:

  • Complete physical including color blind test results (form provided by CVCC)
  • Up-to-date immunization records
    • PPD
    • MMR (2 immunizations)
    • Tetanus (date of immunization may not be older than 10 years)
    • Chicken Pox
    • Hepatitis B series or waiver
  • CPR certification by American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider level
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Clear background check and drug screen

Background Check/Drug Screen

All Medical Assisting students must submit to a criminal background check and drug screen as required by partnering clinical agencies.  Background checks are contracted by an outside vendor approved by the clinical agencies.  Clinical agencies will make the decision to approve or deny the student for clinical privileges.  Refusal of an agency to accept a student will prevent him/her from completing the program.  Students will be responsible for clearing any denials reported with the clinical agency.  Students who are unable to resolve any denials will be withdrawn from the program.  Some clinical settings may require a separate background check, including fingerprints.  The costs of the background checks are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical agencies may refuse access to an individual for conviction, or plea of nolo contendere, for felonies which include, but are not limited to murder, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, cruelty to children, sexual offenses, aggravated battery, criminal drug offense, or arson.  In addition, access may be refused for convictions or prior employment history of child or patient abuse, neglect or mistreatment.

Refusal to sign the “Consent for Release of Information” form or refusal of access to a clinical agency that is the sole resource for a clinical rotation which is mandatory for progression, graduation and licensure eligibility will result in withdrawal or dismissal from the program.

Drug screens will be conducted at the beginning of the course.  Students who fail to clear the drug screen will be withdrawn from the program.

Certificate Options

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program requires the student to complete 20 semester hours in medical assisting course.  This program will prepare students for careers in the health care field by offering course in both the clinical and administrative functions of a physician’s office.

Required Courses Credit Hours
MAT 101 – Medical Terminology 3
or OAD 212 – Medical Terminology 3
MAT 102 – Medical Assisting Theory I 3
MAT 103 – Medical Assisting Theory II 3
MAT 111 – Clinical Procedures I 3
MAT 120 – Medical Admin. Procedures I 3
MAT 121 – Medical Admin. Procedures II 3
WKO 101 – Workplace Skill Development 2

Medical Assisting: Phlebotomy

The college offers a 10 hour short-term certificate in phlebotomy, which prepares the student for work in acute care settings such as major hospital laboratories, minor emergency centers, and freestanding laboratories, working under the supervision of medical laboratory technologist or laboratory managers.  The courses will provide both classroom and clinical experiences.

Required Courses Credit Hours
MAT 125 – Laboratory Procedures I 3
MAT 215 – Laboratory Procedures II 3
MAT 239 – Phlebotomy Preceptorship 3
EMS 100 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1