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Medical Assisting

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Assisting provides education and training for employment as Medical Assistants. Medical assistants are integral members of the administrative and clinical healthcare team in various healthcare settings. Medical assistants act as liaisons between the healthcare providers and patients, and are of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting and a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Administrative Assisting are also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Medical Assisting (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5291
Total Credits Required
36
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Perform administrative skills and procedures in an ambulatory healthcare environment.
  2. Practice empathy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity in the healthcare setting.
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability.
  4. Apply ethical and legal guidelines and scope of practice to administrative and clinical settings, including use of technology and management of medical documents.
  5. Apply knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology as a healthcare professional.
  6. Use critical thinking to follow current best practices in healthcare.
  7. Apply effective communication skills essential for the health care professional.
  8. Perform various clinical and laboratory procedures using safety protocols under supervision of the healthcare provider.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required. Students must be at least 18 years of age to apply for admission. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent. Submit current CPR/BLS Provider card (American Heart Association approved) and maintain current status throughout the practicum(s). Complete and submit the Allied Health Student Health and Safety Documentation Checklist, with included documentation, signed by a licensed healthcare provider.

Background Check Requirements
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Students must maintain current fingerprint clearance throughout the practicum(s). Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Option 1 Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAS101 Introduction to Medical Assisting Critical course Gateway course Students must meet all the Learning Outcomes to continue the Medical Assisting program. 2
MAS102 Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting 6
MAS103 Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology 6
MAS104 Medical Administrative Assisting Practicum Critical course All health and safety documents must remain current and in good standing, especially TB screening and CPR BLS provider, throughout the MAS104 Practicum. 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAS201 Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting Critical course Gateway course 6
MAS202 Laboratory Testing in Ambulatory Healthcare Settings Critical course Students must pass all lab competencies and the clinical final exam with a minimum of 85% to pass the course. (MAERB Policy 215) 3
MAS203 Medical Assisting Pharmacology Critical course Students must pass all dosage calculation tests and the clinical final exam with a 100% to pass the course. 3
MAS204 Clinical Medical Assisting Practicum Critical course All health and safety documents must remain current and in good standing, especially TB screening and CPR BLS provider, throughout the MAS204 Practicum. 4
MAS205 Medical Assisting Program Review 2

Option 2 Sequence

This option may include variable full-time (12 to 18 credits per semester) and/or part-time (11 credit hours or less per semester) status by term due to course prerequisites and scheduling.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAS101 Introduction to Medical Assisting Critical course Gateway course Students must meet all the Learning Outcomes to continue the Medical Assisting program. 2
MAS102 Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting 6
MAS103 Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology 6
MAS104 Medical Administrative Assisting Practicum Critical course All health and safety documents must remain current and in good standing, especially TB screening and CPR BLS provider, throughout the MAS104 Practicum. 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAS201 Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting 6
MAS202 Laboratory Testing in Ambulatory Healthcare Settings Critical course Students must pass all lab competencies and the clinical final exam with a minimum of 85% to pass the course. (MAERB Policy 215) 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MAS203 Medical Assisting Pharmacology Critical course Students must pass all dosage calculation tests and the clinical final exam with a 100% to pass the course. 3
MAS204 Clinical Medical Assisting Practicum Critical course All health and safety documents must remain current and in good standing, especially TB screening and CPR BLS provider, throughout the MAS204 Practicum. 4
MAS205 Medical Assisting Program Review 2
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=157102).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 12/18/2020