Medical Assisting (D.A.S.)
The Medical Assisting program prepares a multi-skilled graduate to function in clinical and administrative areas of the physician's office and ambulatory care centers. Medical assistants work under the supervision of a physician and are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Medical assisting is an exciting and rapidly-expanding health care profession.
Graduates of the program have an opportunity to pursue an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology, with a major in General Technology.
Administrative duties of the medical assistant include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, transcribing medical dictation, handling telephone calls, performing basic clerical functions and managing medical practice finances.
Clinical duties of the medical assistant include: practicing safety and infection control, obtaining patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests and administering medication.
The medical assistant must work well with people, have good communication skills, like a variety of work experiences, be accurate in work performance and be trustworthy with confidential information.
Medical Assisting graduates may earn the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential by passing the National Certifying examination. Felons are not eligible to take this examination unless a waiver is granted by the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled on a full-time basis.
The Medical Assisting Diploma program at Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs: 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763 (727) 210-2350.
CAAHEP requires all Medical Assisting Programs to share with the public one or more measureable program outcomes. In compliance with this requirement, Piedmont Technical College presents the following five-year weighted average program outcomes achievement for the Medical Assisting Diploma Program:
- 94% graduation rate
- 67.02% graduate placement (employment) rate
- 100% employer satisfaction rate
- 100% student satisfaction rate
Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work.
All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit. All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.
Students applying for the Medical Assisting program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.
For more detailed information, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES||Credit Hours|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3.0|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3.0|
|MAT 155||Contemporary Mathematics||3.0|
|BIO 112||Basic Anatomy & Physiology||4.0|
|CPT 101||Introduction to Computers||3.0|
|FALL SEMESTER*||Credit Hours|
|MED 103||Medical Assisting Introduction||3.0|
|MED 107||Medical Office Management||4.0|
|MED 118||Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant||4.0|
|SPRING SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|MED 114||Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures||4.0|
|MED 115||Medical Office Lab Procedures I||4.0|
|MED 104||Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures||4.0|
|SUMMER TERM||Credit Hours|
|MED 108||Common Diseases of the Medical Office||3.0|
|MED 117||Clinical Practice||5.0|
|Total Credit Hours: 50.0|
* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Medical Assisting requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.
The purpose of the CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting Program at Piedmont technical College is to prepare competent certified medical assistants to perform in entry level positions in ambulatory health care settings. These medical assistants will assume responsibility for life-long learning and professional growth as well as become a contributing member of the community.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Learners who complete the Medical Assisting degree will be able to:
- Perform all medical assisting skills at entry level competency.
- Demonstrate and utilize the principles of medical asepsis and standard precautions, as well as other safety precautions.
- Recognize emergency situations and respond appropriately to emergency care techniques in various life-threatening situations.
- Obtain and effectively chart all pertinent patient data.
- Apply knowledge and skills of various clinical procedures such as vitals, laboratory testing, and other diagnostic and medical procedures.
- Utilize and interpret medical terminology.
- Demonstrate basic pharmacology, dosage calculations, and route for administration of medications.
- Provide education to patients, families, and other care givers on various health care including preventative and treatment regimes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and effective application of legal and ethical standards of practice.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the human body including structure, function and basic pathologies.
- Accurately maintain healthcare records, upholding all laws, regulations and applications of legal concepts to the health care practice and the medical assisting scope of practice.
- Apply current medical insurance guidelines in billing and ICD-10 and CPT coding.
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care providers.
- Competently function within the interdisciplinary health care team.
The educational goals of the Medical Assisting Program at Piedmont Technical College are founded upon the learning domains established by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and those adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
The Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants (2015) as established by the Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB) is utilized to prepare graduates for a career in an ambulatory health care setting that requires a multi-skilled health professional, performing both clinical and administrative duties.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program educating students enabling them to graduate as professional practitioners proficient in all entry level competencies as set forth in the MAERB curricula. The curriculum is designed to instruct and assess students in achievement of cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain learning objectives as established by the MAERB in order to meet the educational goals.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program assessing the needs of the local community through the local advisory board and other various avenues and providing an educational program for Medical Assistants to meet their needs and respond to changes giving graduates the best possible opportunity for local employment.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program preparing graduates for the Certified Medical Assistant examination through quality curriculum, instruction, practice and assessment.
Program goals are consistent with the philosophy and mission of the College. Appropriateness of the goals and learning domains is assessed regularly by the Program Director/ Practicum Coordinator, Faculty as well as through consultation with the Medical Assisting Advisory Board.
Specifically, the minimum expectation is to “prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”
- Psychomotor skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through instructor demonstration, open lab time, practice and “check-offs. Each psychomotor skill must be performed competently at entry level. Graduates must be able to perform all skills at entry level.
- Affective skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through presentations, written, verbal or non-verbal means at entry level. Graduates must demonstrate all affective skills at entry level.
- Cognitive knowledge is demonstrated and assessed by quizzes, assignments, projects, games, internet research, papers and written exams utilizing the grading scale established by the Medical Assisting program. Cognitive knowledge must be applied to practice and is assessed by written means within the program and by taking the CMA examination upon completion of the program.
Gainful Employment Information
Students must submit a secondary application in May and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework for Medical Assisting.
To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following five courses . . .
Medical Terminology (AHS 102)
Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112)
English Composition I (ENG 101)
Contemporary Mathematics (MAT 155)
General Psychology (PSY 201)
Students must also complete the following course with a grade of C or higher. If students complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework, which is highly recommended, a grade of an A or a B in this class earns points which can be used for a merit application.
Introduction to Computers (CPT 101)
Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis. After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the three-semester program with the same set of classmates.
Notes about individual classes
- CPT 101 is required. CPT 101 will use Office 2016. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for My IT Lab, a learning management system. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.
Additional program notes
Enrollment into the Medical Assisting program is limited and requires a secondary application process. Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here.
Twenty students are accepted to begin clinical courses each fall term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not MED, the date of the major change to MED.
MED courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus. An externship in a medical office is required during the summer semester -- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. including lunch break, 22.5 hours per week. Students need to be aware that the externship experience is required for program completion and that transportation to and from medical offices (in the seven counties served by PTC) is the student's responsibility.
A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Medical Assisting program. Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.
Notes about other requirements
Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart (here) for more information.
Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.
Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records. Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.
CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.
Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.
Semester-by-semester Graduation Plan
You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.
Deborah McCallum is the Program Director of the Medical Assisting program.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.
Advisement information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.