Medical Assisting

Application Deadlines for the Medical Assisting Program are as follows:

  • June 1– Applicants seeking admission for FALL semester.
  • November 1– Applicants seeking admission for SPRING semester.
  • May 1– Applicants seeking admission for SUMMER semester.

Medical Assisting Program

The medical assisting program is intended to prepare students to perform administrative and clinical tasks to assist the physician in many areas of the medical practice. The duties of medical assistants may vary from administrative duties to clinical care and treatment of the patient.  Students will learn to take and record medical histories and vital signs, administer medication, sterilize instruments, assist with minor office procedures and handle patient emergencies. In the laboratory area, students will learn t obtain blood samples and perform routine laboratory procedures.  In the administrative area, students will learn to update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Additional administrative duties may include answering phones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and billing. Prior to completion of the course of study, students will complete a 225-hour preceptorship in a medical setting.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded the A.A.S.- Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to sit for a certification exam.

Admission Requirements
Applicants to the Medical Assisting Program must:

  1. Have unconditional admission to the College.
  2. Complete the application for the Associate of Applied Science Medical Assisting.
  3. Achieve a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 OR a minimum 2.0 cumulative high school GPA if no prior college coursework exists OR a GED certificate.
  4. Complete all developmental course work prior to enrollment in any medical assisting courses.
  5. Be eligible for enrollment in English 101 and Math 100 as determined by the College.
  6. Good standing with the College.
  7. Meet essential functions required for medical assisting.
  8. Must be able to comply with any additional requirements as outlined by the clinical agencies such as dress code or confidentiality training.

Students meeting the following criteria will be permitted to progress within the Medical Assisting Program. All medical assisting students must:

  1. Receive a grade of ‘C’ or above in all MAT courses
  2. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater throughout the program.
  3. Receive a ‘satisfactory’ rating for all clinical, administrative, and laboratory skills components
  4. Receive a score of 80% or higher on the final drug calculation exam in MAT 216, prior to progressing from this course.

Students with a grade of WF, D, or F in any given MAT course, who have not received a grade of WF, D, or F in any prior MAT course, will not be allowed to progress in the program without first completing counseling with either the instructor of the course in which they were unsuccessful or the Health Sciences Chairperson. A grade of WF, D, or F in one or more courses within a term is considered one unsuccessful attempt. Following completion of counseling, the student may continue enrollment in medical assisting.

A student with a total of two unsuccessful attempts (WF, D, or F) in two separate semesters will result in dismissal from the program. Students with two unsuccessful attempts must apply as a new student in the Medical Assisting Program.

Readmission Policy
Students who are not enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program for two or more consecutive terms or have two unsuccessful MAT course attempts will be required to reapply and meet admission criteria in effect at the time of readmission.  Additionally, students who apply for readmission must comply with the current program of study.  Students who apply for readmission to the program following two unsuccessful MAT course attempts must attend a readmission counseling appointment with a medical assisting instructor or the Chair of Health Sciences.

Acceptance to the Medical Assisting Program is dependent upon meeting admission criteria in effect at the time of admission.

Transfer Students
Students who have been enrolled in other programs are evaluated individually to determine appropriate placement.

Required Documents
Students who are enrolled in MAT courses will be required to submit the following items:

  1. Current history and physical completed by a licensed physician (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form).
  2. Documentation of immunization/health check.
    1. MMR-Series of 2 vaccinations or positive titer, if vaccination record is not available
    2. Varicella- Vaccination or positive titer.
    3. Hepatitis B- Series of 3 vaccinations, waiver (form provided by CVCC Heath Sciences) or positive titer.
    4. Tetanus- Vaccination (received within last 10 years from application deadline).
    5. Tuberculosis (TB)- Current negative PPD (TB skin test received within the past year from application deadline) or normal chest x-ray (if PPD is positive) and PPD waiver (form provided by CVCC).
    6. Influenza-Current vaccination (received within the past year from application deadline) or waiver (form provided by CVCC).
  3. Copy of valid health insurance card.
  4. Copy of valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
  5. Negative drug test (drug test form provided by CVCC).
  6. Background check (conducted by Clinical Backgrounds).
  7. Essential Functions form read and signed by applicant and physician, acknowledging understanding and confirming ability to meet essential functions and technical



Short Certificate- Medical Assisting

The medical assisting certificate program required the student to complete 25 semester hours, 24 of which are in medical assisting courses. This program will prepare students for careers in the health care field by offering courses in both the clinical and administrative functions of a physician’s office. Prior to completion of the medical assisting certificate, students will complete a 225-hour preceptorship in a medical setting. Please see “Required Documents” under A.A.S.- Medical Assisting for required immunizations and certifications.

Credit Hours
Required Courses 25
EMS 100- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
MAT 101- Medical Terminology 3
MAT 102- Medical Assisting Theory 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
MAT 211- Clinical Procedures II 3
MAT 229- Medical Assisting Preceptorship 3

Short Certificate- Phlebotomy

The College offers a 13 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 free-standing laboratories working under the supervision of medical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers. The courses will provide both classroom and clinical experiences. Please see “Required Documents” under A.A.S.- Medical Assisting for required immunizations and certifications. Prior to completion of the medical assisting certificate, students will complete a 225-hour preceptorship in a medical setting.

Credit Hours
Required Courses 13
EMS 100- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
MAT 101- Medical Terminology 3
MAT 125- Laboratory Procedures I 3
MAT 215- Laboratory Procedures II 3
MAT 239- Phlebotomy Preceptorship 3