Medical Assisting Certificate
Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042
Degree: : Certificate
The goal of the Medical Assisting Program is to prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program trains students to work as Medical Assistants in a variety of settings. Medical Assistants provide routine administrative and clinical support to healthcare professionals in various outpatient medical settings. The tasks vary by office and specialty area.
Administrative duties include tasks such as scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining patient medical records, handling telephone calls and written correspondence, submitting insurance claims, and maintaining practice finances. Clinical duties may include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, performing electrocardiograms (ECGs), assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, performing suture removal, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected lab and diagnostic tests, administering medications (injections), and drawing blood (venipuncture). Students interested in Medical Assisting should have a sincere desire to work with patients directly in an outpatient setting, and a sincere interest in wanting to help people maintain and improve their health.
Please note: The certificates and A.A.S. degree in this program are stackable. The Certificate in Healthcare Office Assistant (21 ME) can be completed prior to program enrollment. Students seeking certification as a CMA should complete plan 21MA Certificate in Medical Assisting to be eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants. The certificate takes approximately one year to complete attending full-time. To complete the A.A.S degree students would continue following completion of the Certificate in Medical Assisting (21MA) and complete the remaining credits for the A.A.S. in Medical Assisting (21MD) which takes approximately one additional year to complete attending full-time.
ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION
The certified Medical Assisting program at the College of Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350
Graduates of the Certificate in Medical Assisting (plan 21MA) are eligible to sit for the AAMA Certification Examination, where, upon passing the examination, the individual earns the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.
PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Attend a Medical Assisting program Information Session within 2 years of program enrollment.
Apply to the college.
Submit transcripts to the Records Office at Grayslake Campus: high school or equivalent, technology campus or any college courses completed (or degree). Complete credential evaluation form for college transcript -available in the Office of Admissions
Note: Students who attended the Medical Assisting program at Lake County Technical Campus may be eligible for dual and/or articulated credit and should confirm with both advising and the records office to determine eligibility.
Demonstrate College Reading and Writing Readiness and Basic Algebra Readiness
Meet Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 244 and BIO 245 or equivalent transfer course with a grade of C or higher.
Must be at least 18 years old by start of program.
Must have a valid Social Security Number and be eligible to work in the United States.
Students are required to complete all program health requirements, a background check and urine drug screen prior to enrollment in phlebotomy courses and MOA-212 Clinical Externship.
Results of these screenings could affect program completion and future employment.
CLC cumulative G.P.A. is 2.0 or above.
It is recommended that students meet with an advisor to create a plan and should also meet the MOA Department Chair Lisa Fasano for course scheduling every semester.
NEW COHORTS BEGIN IN THE FALL AND SPRING.
New cohorts begin in the fall and spring of each semester. Pre-requisite courses can be completed in the summer term for those wishing to begin in the fall semester. Preference is given to residents of CLC’s district, or a community college district which does not offer a Medical Assisting program and is a member of the CAREER consortium. Students who live outside of CLC’s district but are eligible for in-district tuition because they are employed by a district employer are NOT considered residents of the district for purposes of selection into the program.
Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all MOA, HIT, PBT, and BIO courses listed below to continue in and graduate from any of the certificate or degree programs (including the Healthcare Office Assistant.) In addition, students must maintain a CLC GPA of 2.0 or higher.
College Success Seminar
Human Form and Function or
Anatomy and Physiology I and
Anatomy and Physiology II
Clinical Medical Assisting I
Basic Medical Office and Billing Procedures
Pharmacology Math and Medication Administration
Computer Basics/Software Applications or
Introduction to Computers
Insurance Coding for Medical Assistants
Clinical Medical Assisting II
Introduction to Medical Lab Technology
Introduction to Psychology
Medical Assisting Externship
Seminar in Medical Assisting
Total Hours for Certificate
^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.
Students in the College of Lake County’s Medical Assisting Program must demonstrate the ability to perform or learn to perform the following essential skills:
motor skills sufficient to perform record filing and data input tasks and be able to utilize various computer hardware and software in accomplishing operational functions related to medical assisting activities
have full range of motion of joints, fine motor movements of the hands, ability to perform repetitive tasks and the ability to stoop, bend, twist, reach and occasionally kneel and squat
lift and carry objects weighting up to 50 pounds
push or pull a wheelchair, cart or gurney
have adequate hearing which permits the individual to communicate in a rational and coherent manner with others in the English language
examine closely images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment; must have color vision; must have good visual acuity for client assessment, medical checking, assisting in medical procedures, and for documentation
demonstrate critical thinking/cognitive skills needed for problem solving and effective performance of standard medical assisting functions
adapt effectively to environments with high stress in learning situations
stand and walk 4 to 8 or more hours per clinical session
acquire and apply information from classroom instruction, professional practice, independent learning and team projects
synthesize information regarding healthcare data for formal, verbal and/or written, presentation to healthcare professionals
follow job related logical thought processes to make judgments
take initiative and work independently yet recognize self limitations
demonstrate prolonged concentration skills
cope in an appropriate manner to common job related stressful situations
protect the confidentiality and security of health information
meet the ethical standards of the profession
Upon entrance, students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum and meet the standards described herein for the program.
Note: This program is based at the Lakeshore (Waukegan) Campus. However, non-MOA courses may be offered only at the Grayslake Campus.
For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact Lisa Fasano Medical Assisting Chair, at (847) 543-2176 or the Biological and Health Sciences division at (847) 543-2042.