A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Medical Assistant

The Certified Medical Assistant Program will educate multi-skilled professionals specifically to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The program’s graduate will have a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills acquired from both formal education and practical experience providing competence to serve as standards for entry into the profession. By completing the program and achieving certification, the medical assistant program graduate will be prepared to directly influence the public’s health and well-being.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Certified Medical Assistant Program are:

  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Provide academic assessment and development of critical thinking, effective communication, and personal and professional responsibility.
  • To prepare students who are professional proficient to perform clinical and administrative duties of a medical assistant.
  • Based on domain competencies established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • To serve the needs of the communities of interest through continuous program assessment and improvement while monitoring the ever changing health-care environment.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the medical assisting certification includesthree quarters of courses. After completion of the three quarters, the student is eligible to write the medical assisting certification exam. Clinical experiences are incorporated into the second and third quarter of the curriculum.

Course Description
010 - 099 Multipurpose courses, but not generally applicable to a Baccalaureate degree.
100 - 299 Basic lower division courses applicable to an Associate degree; may also apply to a Baccalaureate degree.

First Quarter

Course Description
AHCJ 135 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
AHCJ 124 Introductory Medical Anthropology
HLCS 241 Medical Terminology
RELT 101 Jesus, Health, and Healing
GCHC 010 Introduction to Medical Assisting

Second Quarter

Course Description
GCMA 011 Health Care Communication for Whole Patient Care
GCMA 012 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting – Patient Care

Third Quarter

Course Description
GCMA 013 The Medical Assistant in the Front Office
GCMA 014 Professionalism and Preparation for Certification