Spring Semester 2019 Catalog

Medical Assisting, Diploma

Overview

Offered at the Augusta, Thomson, and Waynesboro campuses and the Columbia County Center

Entrance Dates: Fall and Spring: Augusta
Fall: Thomson
Fall: Waynesboro
Spring: Columbia County Center
Length of Program: Four Terms
Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 54

Program Description: The Medical Assisting program is a specialized training program designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Important attributes of successful program graduates are critical thinking, problem solving, human relations skills, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to the work environment. The field is presently experiencing rapid expansion, and the trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. After completion of this four semester day program, the student is encouraged to take the National Certification Exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). The four semester diploma level Medical Assisting program on the Augusta, Thomson, and Waynesboro campuses of Augusta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The address and phone number for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office (706) 771-4028.

Employment Opportunities: The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. Additionally, other medically related facilities such as hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and health departments may provide suitable employment opportunities.

Gainful Employment

Curriculum Outline

Basic Skills Courses, 9 credits

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Occupational Courses, 45 credits

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

Notes:

  • Students in the health field have a special responsibility regarding grades in their programs. To be eligible for graduation, students must make a minimum passing grade of “C” in all courses.
  • A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses will be suspended from the program for one year. After the third unsuccessful attempt of any course, the student will not be allowed to re-enter the Medical Assisting program.
  • ALHS courses must not be older than five years to be used as a prerequisite for MAST prefix courses. Students will need to retake these courses to meet the prerequisite requirements for MAST prefix courses.
  • MAST prefix courses that were taken more than five years ago must be repeated.
  • MAST 1060 must be taken the semester before students enroll in MAST 1080.
  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to submit completed medical forms. All required immunizations, including Hepatitis B, must be accompanied by documentation. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a medical assistant.
  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to show proof of current health insurance. Students who cannot show proof of Health Insurance need to be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse to allow them the opportunity to gain clinical experience at their facility.

Guided Pathway

Augusta Day Program – Fall Entrance

PROGRAM NAME: Medical Assisting

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Augusta Day Program – Fall Entrance

Year 1 Fall Semester

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Year 1 Summer Semester

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

Year 2 Fall Semester

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

*For the last semester, students must successfully pass MAST 1090 with a “C” or better in order to move onto MAST 1170/MAST 1180.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Augusta Day Program – Spring Entrance

PROGRAM NAME: Medical Assisting

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Augusta Day Program – Spring Entrance

Year 1 Spring Semester

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

Year 1 Summer Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Year 1 Fall Semester

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

Year 2 Spring Semester

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

*For the last semester, students must successfully pass MAST 1090 with a “C” or better in order to move onto MAST 1170/MAST 1180.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Grovetown Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Medical Assisting

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Grovetown Day Program

Year 1 Spring Semester

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Summer Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Year 1 Fall Semester

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

Year 2 Spring Semester

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

*For the last semester, students must successfully pass MAST 1090 with a “C” or better in order to move onto MAST 1170/MAST 1180.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Thomson Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Medical Assisting

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Thomson Day Program

Year 1 Fall Semester

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Year 1 Summer Semester

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

Year 2 Fall Semester

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

*For the last semester, students must successfully pass MAST 1090 with a “C” or better in order to move onto MAST 1170/MAST 1180.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Waynesboro Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Medical Assisting

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Waynesboro Day Program

Year 1 Fall Semester

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MAST 1060MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

4

MAST 1100MEDICAL INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

2

MAST 1120Human Diseases

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Year 1 Summer Semester

MAST 1010LEGAL & ETHIC/MEDICAL OFFICE

2

MAST 1030PHARMACOLOGY/MEDICAL OFFICE

4

MAST 1080MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS I

4

MAST 1110ADMIN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

Year 2 Fall Semester

MAST 1090MEDICAL ASSISTING SKILLS II

4

MAST 1170MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP

6

MAST 1180MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

3

*For the last semester, students must successfully pass MAST 1090 with a “C” or better in order to move onto MAST 1170/MAST 1180.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Program on the Augusta, Thomson, and Waynesboro campuses and the Columbia County Center of Augusta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The address and phone number for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350.

Program Outcomes

The medical assisting program at Augusta Technical College has an average job placement  rate of 78.18 % for the past five years from 2012-2016.