Medical Assisting Certificate Program (MEA)

This program prepares students for a career as a medical assistant. The program goals are to provide quality, outcome based, and competent entry-level medical assistants. Medical Assistants are multi talented employees who perform clinical and administrative tasks in ambulatory care.

Why Our Program?

Only graduates from accredited programs like ours can take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam. Because we are accredited by the CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and MAERB (Medical Assisting Education Review Board), this means that we must meet stringent educational requirements that are reviewed by an outside agency annually. Employers prefer our graduates because of their quality college level education and certification(s).

In addition, our tuition and fees are lower than the average career school, and you will get college credit when you complete our courses. These credits can be used to further your education and expand on your success.

Curriculum

See also: 2019–2020 College Catalog

First Semester (Spring) Credits
BIT103   3
BIO105  
Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology

This is an introductory course of human anatomy and physiology. The course starts with anatomical terms and basic cellular biology and then emphasizes the structure and function of several organ systems. The laboratory portion of the course involves the examination of slides, bones, models, and the dissection of a rat. (This course does not meet the Nursing and Dental Hygiene program requirements for Anatomy and Physiology.) (3 class hours/2 laboratory hours)

Prerequisite: (MAT020 or MAT025), ENL108 or ESL201 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Natural or Physical Science general education requirement.

Note: For those planning on pursuing other health careers, (BIO107 or BIO251) and (BIO108 or BIO252) are recommended.

4
PSY101   3
Second Semester (Fall) Credits
GIT110   3
HEA134   1
MAC101   3
Third Semester (Spring) Credits
MAC205   3
MAC204   7
HEA202   2
Total Credits 29

Outcomes for Students

Job placement for our graduates 2016–2017 cohort: 80 percent of graduates

Career Outlook

Currently there is a strong demand for well educated, competent Certified Medical Assistants. Students completing this program are able to work in doctor's offices, clinics, medical labs and other ambulatory care settings. The U.S. Labor department lists Medical Assisting as the fastest growing Allied Health profession.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an Admission Application. Admission to the program is on a open enrollment basis.
  • If not a high school graduate, contact the Office of Admissions to discuss options.
  • Attend a Medical Assisting Information Session within one calendar year of application. An online version of the Information Session is also available.
  • Maintain a 75% average in all courses required for the MEA certificate.
  • After formal acceptance, students must complete College Placement Testing (CPT). (Make sure to take the CPT tests as soon as possible or sign up for free refresher workshops. These tests will determine if you need any developmental courses prior to starting your course of study.)
  • If you are required to take developmental courses, you may not be able to start the program in your first semester.

Accepted students must:

  • Pass a CORI/SORI (Criminal /Sexual Offender Record Information) each semester you are in the program.
  • Complete vaccinations and health report requirements. Students who have not completed their Student Health requirements will be placed in the externship.
  • Maintain CPR Certification at Health Care Provider Level (American Heart only) or higher.
  • Be able to meet the technical standards.

Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater FL 33763
727.210.2350
Website: www.caahep.org

Questions?

Gwen Dyson, Program Coordinator
Phone 774.330.4514
E-mail gdyson@capecod.edu
Barbara Vinall, Program Office Assistant
Phone 774.330.4623
E-mail bvinall@capecod.edu