Program: Medical Assisting

Overview

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting program prepares competent Medical Assistants with cognitive, psychomotor, and effective learning domains to enable them to perform entry-level administrative and clinical tasks in a physician’s office. 

Career Opportunities

The Medical Assistant Program is designed to educate the student for immediate employment providing assistance to the physician in caring for patients in the medical office or clinic. The wide range of clinical and business duties provides an interesting career for one who enjoys working with people. The program is designed to be completed in one academic year and includes either the administrative or clinical assisting courses or a combination of both.The program offers an Associate Arts/Science Degree in the Combined Certificate Program Option or a Certificate of Achievement in the Administrative or Clinical Certificate option. The department also offers Certificates of Accomplishment in Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Insurance Billing, or Phlebotomy. 

This Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for an entry-level position in a variety of ambulatory settings. Each certificate is the foundation for specialized clinical practice. 

This Associate Degree will prepare students for career advancement once a certificate has been earned.

Associate in Science (AS), Medical Assisting: Administrative & Clinical

The Medical Assistant Program is designed to educate the student for immediate employment providing assistance to the physician in caring for patients in the medical office or clinic. The wide range of clinical and business duties provides an interesting career for one who enjoys working with people. The Medical Assisting Program is approved by the Long Beach Medical Association. The program is designed to be completed in one academic year and includes either the administrative or clinical assisting courses or a combination of both. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 
  • Accurately assess a patient’s vital signs. 
  • Analyze medical records and accurately construct a medical insurance claim form. 
  • Inspect and correctly troubleshoot artifacts while performing an electrocardiogram. 
  • Apply common practices to Medical Asepsis in a physician’s office and daily living.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting: Administrative & Clinical

An Administrative/Clinical Medical Assistant assists the physician in caring for the patient in the medical office or clinic. The range of administrative and clinical duties include assisting with the physical exam, specialty exams, and minor surgery; sterilization; laboratory procedures; giving injections; diagnostic tests; pharmacology; taking a health history; venipuncture; and handling emergency situations, answering phones, scheduling in and out of office appointments, verifying insurance, greeting patients, insurance billing (CPT and ICD-10 coding), insurance authorizations, vital signs, and processing payments.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate clinical patient skills.
  • Demonstrate administrative patient skills.
  • Demonstrate medical office employability skills.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting: Administrative

An Administrative Medical Assistant assists the physician in caring for the patient in the medical office or clinic. The range of Administrative duties includes answering phones, scheduling in and out of office appointments, verifying insurance, greeting patients, insurance billing (CPT and ICD-10 coding), insurance authorizations, vital signs, and processing payments. 

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate administrative medical assistant skills.
  • Demonstrate medical office employability skills.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting: Clinical

A Clinical Medical Assistant assists the physician in caring for the patient in the medical office or clinic. The range of clinical duties include assisting with the physical exam, specialty exams, and minor surgery; sterilization; laboratory procedures; giving injections; diagnostic tests; pharmacology; taking a health history; venipuncture; and handling emergency situations. 

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate clinical medical assistant skills.
  • Demonstrate medical office employability skills.

Certificate of Achievement, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a specially trained and certified professional who renders immediate medical care in basic life support practices. California law requires all ambulance attendants to be trained and certified to the EMT level and many fire agencies require firefighters to be EMT certified.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Insurance Billing

A Medical Insurance Biller is trained in medical insurance claim forms, healthcare delivery systems, diagnosis, and procedure coding, billing and claims processing. These skills can help qualify you to work in physicians’ offices or clinics, medical insurance companies, government agencies and other healthcare environments. 

Certificate of Achievement, Phlebotomy

A Phlebotomy Technician is a specially trained certified professional who performs skin puncture and venipuncture blood collection in a laboratory, hospital or physician’s office. California law requires training must be obtained in a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health.