Oct 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog

Medical Assisting, CAS


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Major Code: 1310

Program Description

This one-year program is designed for the individual who is interested in the following administrative and clinical duties:

  • Receiving patients and their family members and managing public relations
  • Acting as an informational and educational resource for the patient
  • Handling telephone, written communications, and appointment scheduling
  • Managing patient records
  • Bookkeeping and insurance processing
  • Management and maintenance of the office and treatment areas
  • Preparing the patient for treatment
  • Preparing and sterilizing instruments and obtaining specimens for diagnostic evaluation
  • Performing EKGs and administering medications under the direction of the physician

The program includes an internship at an area health care setting and provides the foundation needed for certification examinations.

Program Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate effective workplace communications;
  • Identify and maintain legal standards appropriate for the field
  • Function as a health care advocate and patient educator as appropriate
  • Perform appropriate operational functions of medical assisting
  • Perform clinical skills and follow diagnostic procedures effectively
  • Perform appropriate administrative and finance tasks effectively
  • Possess the knowledge and skill to pass programmatic exit assessments and in-field nationally normed professional certifications

Program Assessment

Course outcomes are assessed by exit exams in each course. Program outcomes are assessed in capstone courses (Clinical Skills II and Seminar and Leadership). Learner outcomes are assessed by the national certification examination for medical assisting. General education outcomes are assessed by general education portfolios.

Transfer Baccalaureate Options

  • Health Services Administration at WVU Tech
  • Business Management at WVU Tech
  • BA Pathway at WVU

Other Information

Students in this program will be required to submit background checks, drug screenings, and show record of specific vaccinations prior to participating in clinic requirements.

Careers

This program is designed for the individual who desires to provide allied health services in ambulatory out-patient facilities, including medical offices, clinics and hospitals. This program is designed to prepare competent individuals to participate in Diagnostic, Clinical and Administrative functions.

Career and Salary Information:

www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00

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