Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*
*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.
This program is designed to prepare students to work as medical assistants in the office of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, clinics, urgent care centers, concierge medical offices, government agencies, public health departments, and other medical facilities.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform both administrative and clinical duties under the supervision of a physician. Clinical skills training includes assisting with medical exams, obtaining and recording vital signs, documenting medical records electronically, preparing and administering medication including injections, and performing venipuncture and other specimen collection and processing. Medical assistants are also trained to manage and code medical records, perform daily billing and accounting tasks, and communicate effectively and appropriately within the medical facility. Medical assistants can move into office management positions.
Healthcare is one of the largest employment sectors in the Baltimore region with 188,000 employees as of 2012. There are at least 24 healthcare systems and medical centers in the region (“Baltimore Regional Talent Development Pipeline Study 2013”, page 16). The Department of Labor Occupational Handbook predicts that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29 percent from 2012 through 2022. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, “The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.”
This program is approved by American Medical Technologists for successful graduates to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.
Medical Assisting Policies
Students in the Medical Assisting program are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and random drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements. In addition, prior to placement in a practicum, students are required to provide a physician’s medical report stating ability to perform duties of a medical assistant according to practicum guidelines.
Baltimore County high school graduates may be eligible for advanced placement and credit in this program.