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Medical Assistants are multi-skilled, versatile, and essential members of the allied health profession who perform a range of professional duties. This includes routine administrative, clinical responsibilities, and tasks in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, doctors’ and specialists’ offices.
All students successfully completing the Medical Assisting A.A.S. will have received exceptional instruction and appropriate applied learning experiences to prepare them as competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Since they can work on both the administrative and clinical side of a variety of health care facilities, medical assistants are viewed as vital members of the health care team. A medical assistant’s administrative duties may include using computer applications, scheduling appointments, updating, and filing patient medical records, coding and filling out insurance forms, billing, bookkeeping, and arranging hospital admission and lab services.
Clinical duties include, but are not limited to patient advocacy, taking vital signs, collecting, and preparing laboratory specimens and tests, drawing blood, taking ECGs, and sterilizing instruments.
Upon completion of this program, students will become competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
We specifically map course learning outcomes to program learning outcomes in the following areas:
- follow established protocols, prepare patients for examination, and perform patient screening such as recording vital signs;
- assist in the preparation of space and equipment used in routine procedures and minor surgery;
- understand and describe the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities and limitations of the medical assistant’s role
- accurately and competently schedule appointments utilizing various platforms and technical tools,
- appropriately maintain office records, prepare billing and insurance forms
- assist the physician with compassionate patient care, the performance of venipuncture, ECG, and CLIA-waived hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, and immunology testing
- effectively and accurately communicate doctors’ orders for prescriptions to pharmacies
- define the professional role and scope of a practicing medical assistant
- stimulate ideas through collaboration between classmates to learn the best patient care practices
- lead learning environments to work with and collaborate on ideas with other classmates
- develop critical thinking skills to understand cases scenarios related to ambulatory care
- understand team development and work as a cooperative team member in a healthcare facility
Admission for the Medical Assisting A.A.S. is in the fall semester or exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Coordinator of Medical Assisting.
All newly admitted students must complete a safety and on-boarding orientation to the program prior to the beginning of their first semester. At such time important information, protocols, and procedures will be discussed to ensure student-readiness and set program expectations. Information regarding the scheduling of the orientation will be made available to newly accepted students. The orientation will occur prior the start of the academic year.
Students who complete the program successfully are eligible to sit for the national exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).
E-mail us for more information about the Medical Assisting program (clicking the link will open a new browser window to our contact form).
The Medical Assisting program at Columbia-Greene Community College is currently in the process of obtaining accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The College will be hosting CAAHEP representatives on campus on April 11 and 12, 2022 as part of that process.
This program prepares students for entry into the medical office field with a wide range of skills such as transcription, updating and filing patient medical records, completing insurance forms, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, billing, and bookkeeping.
E-mail us for more information about the Medical Office Assistant program (clicking the link will open a new browser window to our contact form).
Nursing offers an outstanding associate degree program. The faculty of highly trained nursing professionals is dedicated to working with their students. Agreements with hospitals and health facilities provide excellent opportunities for clinical practice in the region. The nursing program is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: 866‑747‑9965 or 404‑975‑5000. This accreditation facilitates transfer to advanced nursing studies.
Please be sure to also review Information for Nursing Students which is part of the Student Handbook.
E-mail us for more information about the Nursing program (clicking the link will open a new browser window to our contact form).
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