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The Medical Assisting: Clinical major prepares students for work in physicians'
offices, medical clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, health agencies, and
educational institutions. Students completing the program will be eligible to take the
California Examination for Certified Medical Assistants. This program provides
training in clinical (back office) skills.
The duties of a medical assistant vary from office to office, depending on the
location and size of the practice and the physician's specialty. In small practices,
medical assistants are usually generalists, handling both clerical and clinical duties
and reporting directly to an office manager or physician. Those in large practices
tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department
Clinical Medical Assistants duties vary according to state law and according to the
size and specialty of the medical practice. These duties include preparing clients
for examinations, taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explaining
treatment procedures to clients, and assisting during examinations. Clinical Medical
Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory
tests. They instruct clients about medication and special diets, prepare and
administer medications as directed by a physician, remove sutures and change
dressings. They may also arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase
and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and
clean. Some Clinical Medical Assistants may specialize; for example, there are
podiatric and opthalmic medical assistants, among others.
The employment outlook is very good. Job titles include clinical medical assistant in
medical offices, clinics or hospital outpatient departments, or work as a hospital
This program of study is also available as a certificate option.
Students interested in the order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to perform clinical tasks such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explaining treatment procedures to clients, preparing clients for examinations, and assisting during examinations;
- collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments;
- present in an instructional manner information about medication and special diets;
- demonstrate ability to perform other clinical tasks such as preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, authorizing drug refills as directed, telephoning prescriptions to a pharmacy, drawing blood, preparing clients for x-rays, taking EKG's, removing sutures and changing dressings; and
- arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
The requirements for the Medical Assisting: Clinical (AS) program are:
Complete 39 units from
- Medical Assisting Core Requirements
- Medical Assisting: Clinical Requirements
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Medical Assisting Core Requirements - complete 18.50 units|
|CS 60.11A||Microsoft Word, Part 1||1.50|
|HLC 160||Medical Terminology||3.00|
|MA 160||Introduction to Medical Office Practice||3.00|
|MA 161||Law and Ethics for Medical Assistants||1.00|
|MA 162||Disease Processes||4.00|
|PSYCH 1A||General Psychology||3.00|
|Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|ANAT 58||Introduction to Human Anatomy||3.00|
|ANAT 140 AND||Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology||2.00|
|HLC 140||Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology||1.00|
|Medical Assisting: Clinical Requirements - complete 19.50 units|
|MA 163A||Clinical Procedures 1||3.00|
|MA 163AL||Clinical Experience 1||2.00|
|MA 163B||Clinical Procedures 2||3.00|
|MA 163BL||Clinical Experience 2||3.00|
|MA 164||Laboratory Techniques||2.00|
|MA 165||Pharmacology & Administration of Medications||3.00|
|MA 166.4||Externship: Clinical Medical Assisting||3.50|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
|LIR 30||Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects||1.00|
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.