Associate in Science – 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:

    • Have unconditional admission to the College.
    • Complete the application for the Associate of Applied Science Medical Assisting.
    • 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.
    • Complete all developmental course work prior to enrollment in any medical assisting courses.
    • Be eligible for enrollment in English 101 and Math 100 as determined by the College.
    • Good standing with the College.
    • Meet essential functions required for medical assisting.
  • Must be able to comply with any additional requirements as outlined by the clinical agencies such as dress code or confidentiality training.
Progression

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

    • Receive a grade of ‘C’ or above in all MAT courses
    • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater throughout the program.
    • Receive a ‘satisfactory’ rating for all clinical, administrative, and laboratory skills components
  • 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 have submitted an application for any Medical Assisting program, to include the A.A.S. option or short certificate options, and are notified of acceptance will be required to submit current health documentation (including background check and drug screening) and ensure currency is maintained throughout duration of their time in Medical Assisting program. Proof of background check and drug screening must be submitted by the final day of the schedule adjustment period during the first semester in which the student will be enrolled in Medical Assisting. All other required health documentation must be submitted prior to the last day of class during the first semester in which the student will be enrolled in Medical Assisting. Students who are enrolled in MAT courses will be required to submit the following items:

    • Current history and physical completed by licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form; valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).
    • Color blind test
    • Audiometric test
    • Documentation of immunization/health check.
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age. If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.  Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of:
    • two doses of live measles virus vaccine (part of MMR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
    • two doses of live mumps virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
    • two doses of live rubella virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
    • If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for all students, regardless of age.  If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
    • Hepatitis B- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age.  Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of first of series of 3 immunizations must be submitted. Proof of vaccination must be submitted after receipt of each remaining (2nd and 3rd ) immunization.  Waiver is available for those unable to receive the vaccine.  If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
    • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDAP)- Documentation of TDAP immunization within last 10 years must be submitted.  Tetanus and TD only not acceptable.
    • Tuberculosis (TB Skin Test)- Negative Tb skin test with lab results is required and must be repeated yearly.  If you have ever tested positive for Tb, you must submit documentation of a current negative chest x-ray (current for 5 years from date of x-ray). CVCC PPD waiver form must be submitted with chest x-ray.
    • Influenza- Documentation of seasonal flu immunization within the last year. Waiver is available for those who wish to decline or are unable to receive the vaccine; however, a mask will be required to be worn in clinical setting.
    • Copy of valid health insurance (private or public) card.
    • Copy of valid American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification (certification must be less than 2 years old).
  • Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening- Students must submit proof of clear criminal background check/drug screen, which may take up to 4 weeks for completion, by established deadline.  Background check and drug screen information should be obtained by the Health Sciences Secretary/Coordinator (background and drug screen conducted by VerifyStudents).

Failure to have updated information in your nursing file may result in a delay of your registration process.


The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program at Chattahoochee Valley Community College is accredited by:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703)917-9503
www.abhes.org

Chattahoochee Valley Community College is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 679-4500
WWW.SACSCOC.ORG


Employment information for Medical Assistant can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.