El Centro College - Degree Plans - Medical Assisting - Medical Assisting Certificate
El Centro 2014 - 2015 Catalog
Degree Plans - Medical Assisting - Medical Assisting Certificate

This degree plan includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014.
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(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.12

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 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)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350

CREDIT HOURS

PREREQUISITES

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
6

SEMESTER I

MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
MDCA 1409 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 4
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
9

SEMESTER II

HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
7

SEMESTER III

MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
MDCA 1352 Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures 3
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
14

SEMESTER IV - Winter Term (January)

MDCA 2361 Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant 3
MDCA 1154 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 1
4
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.