Medical Assistant

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Program Description

The Medical Assistant program prepares students for employment as a medical assistant. Courses will include best practices and theory, laboratory instruction, and a real-world supervised externship in physician’s offices, healthcare clinics, and hospitals.

The role of the medical assistant is to assist the physician and other professionals in managing the care of clients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing duties in the areas of office management, patient care, and collecting and processing laboratory specimens. Medical assistants work under the direct supervision of a physician or other designated professional.

Specialized coursework strives for mastery in professional communication, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health information management, billing and coding, phlebotomy, and extensive training with relevant clinical procedures and a real-world externship.

Successful completion of the Medical Assistant program will result in either an Associate of Applied Science degree or an Intermediate Technical Certificate. Courses are offered for college credit.

Statement of Accreditation

The Medical Assistant Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) program at the College of Western Idaho is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Our ITC program meets the standards set in the education of quality patient care by competent well-trained professionals.

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Admission to the Medical Assistant program requires a separate application and completion of the following prerequisite courses:

Course Course Title Min Credits
Complete one of the following options prior to program entry:
Option 1:7
Human Structure and Function
Human Structure and Function Lab
Medical Terminology
Option 2:9
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Plus
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Option 3:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

Note: Registrations for Medical Assistant courses are restricted to students within the major.

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