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Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.
(Level I Certificate)
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- Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
- Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.
Degree Plan Code: C1.MED.ASST.18
This 12-month program is designed to prepare individuals to perform the duties of a medical assistant who can function in an acute care clinical setting or physician's office in the areas of: medical office administration, clinical lab procedures, examining room assisting and physicians office laboratory procedures. The student may elect to complete the program either as a block CEU program or as a credit certificate program.
The El Centro College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs www.caahep.org ( upon recommendation of the Curriculum Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); 25400 US Highway 19 North; Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-201-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354.
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|SPCH 1311||Introduction to Speech Communication OR||3|
|SPCH 1321||Business and Professional Communication||(3)|
SEMESTER I (January)
|MDCA 1313||Medical Terminology OR||3|
|HPRS 2302||Medical Terminology for Allied Health||(3)|
|MDCA 1409||Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants||4|
|MDCA 1205||Medical Law and Ethics||2|
SEMESTER II (May)
|MDCA 1391||Special Topics in Medical Assistant||3|
|MDCA 1352||Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures||3|
SEMESTER III (August)
|MDCA 1443||Medical Insurance||4|
|MDCA 1421||Administrative Procedures||4|
|HPRS 2300||Pharmacology for Health Professions||3|
|MDCA 1417||Procedures in a Clinical Setting||4|
SEMESTER IV - Winter Term (January)
|MDCA 2361||Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant||3|
|MDCA 1154||Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review||1|
|Minimum Hours Required||40|
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.
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