2020-2021 Catalog 
    Aug 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement

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The Administrative Medical Assistant program prepares the student for employment as an administrative (front office) medical assistant in a physician’s office, clinic or outpatient center.  This certificate program is designed to help meet industry demand by offering education and training on soft skills, appointment scheduling, reception duties, managing patient medical records, insurance authorizations, reimbursement and coding for the medical office or clinic.  Students complete a 150 hours of supervised training in a medical office or clinic. Proof of medical malpractice insurance, current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification and health clearance are required for the clinical experience. All students complete a background check and drug screening prior to enrolling in MA 217A.  A minimum grade of “C” in all courses is required. Letter grade only. Upon completion of this certificate program, students may sit for the California Certification Board of Medical Assistant (CCMBA) certification examination (CCMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coder (AAPC), Certified Practice Coder (CPC) certification examination.  Several courses also articulate into the Healthcare Technology Optimization Specialty certificate program, which affords additional career training in healthcare.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate administrative medical skills
  • Describe legal and ethical practices related to medical care
  • Demonstrate medical office employability skills
Course ID Title Units
MA 206   Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MA 224A   Basics of Medical Insurance, Billing and Reimbursement 3
MA 280   Healthcare Organization Practices 3
MA 282   Fundamentals of Medical Practice Coding 3
HSC 104   Medical Terminology 3
HSC 106   Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HSC 107  * Human Body Fundamentals 3
MA 217A  * Medical Assisting Clinical Experience–Administrative 3
  Restricted Electives 3

Total Units for the Certificate:


Restricted Electives:  Select one course from the following:  
HSC 230   Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Preparation 3
HSC 234   Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam Preparation 3
CIM 112   Microsoft Office 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.


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