Associate of Applied Science

Medical Assisting

Be a trusted healthcare provider. Prepare yourself with the skills and clinical knowledge to work in the healthcare field, in both the administrative and clinical sides of the field.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Medical Assistants are always in high-demand and when you complete the Medical Assisting program at HJC, you’ll be ready to work at the side of physicians anywhere medical care is provided – doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, laboratories, ambulatory care centers, nursing homes, surgical centers, and more.

As a Medical Assistant, you will be instrumental in helping patients feel at ease during their healthcare visits. You will likely perform a wide range of duties in both patient care as well as administrative areas. Some of these responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting the physician during procedures and exams
  • Explaining treatments and procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Performing basic laboratory tests, including blood draws
  • Administering medications, including vaccinations/immunizations
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Wound care and changing dressings
  • Updating and filing patient records
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services

 

The five-year average for the exam passage rate for the years 2018 – 2022 is 94.44%.

 

A SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU’LL BE STUDYING

From your general education courses through your core clinical classes, you’ll gain the necessary computer and communication skills needed to be a Medical Assistant. You’ll also get hands-on training in a wide range of areas including administering EKGs, drawing blood (phlebotomy), understanding and dispensing medication (pharmacology), and many more.

We also offer a practicum in which you will work in a supervised healthcare setting, allowing you to put your newly acquired skills to the test.

YOUR TIME & COST COMMITMENT

Tuition costs are billed quarterly based on the number of quarter hours you are enrolled in for the term. Out of state? Don’t worry – there is no difference in tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state students. And what about books? Your textbook charges are included in your tuition!
 

Student Status
Classes Per Quarter
Quarters Required
Total Time
Total Cost
Full-time, Maximum
5
5
15 months
$16,750 + online fees*
Full-time, Minimum
3
7
21 months
$23,450 + online fees*
Part-time
2
11
30 months
$36,850 + online fees*

*Online fees are currently $125/class. Some classes may require an additional cost for replacement books, audited classes, professional memberships or certifications.

NATIONAL STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS

Visual

  • Ability to accurately observe and interpret visual information on patient charts, medical instruments, and diagnostic test results.
  • Visual acuity to read small print and distinguish colors for tasks such as identifying color-coded labelson medications.

Smell

  • Ability to detect unusual odors that may indicate infections, wounds, or other medical conditions.
  • Sensitivity to strong or noxious odors commonly encountered in healthcare settings.Tactile
  • Proficiency in performing tactile tasks such as palpating for pulses, assessing skin texture, and locating anatomical landmarks during patient examinations.
  • Sensitivity to changes in temperature, texture, and moisture when performing wound care or assisting with minor surgical procedures.

Communication

  • Strong verbal communication skills to effectively interact with patients, healthcare providers, and other staff members.
  • Clear and concise written communication skills for documenting patient information, recording medical histories, and communicating with colleagues.

Social

  • Ability to establish rapport with patients from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and age groups.
  • Empathy and active listening skills to address patient concerns, provide emotional support, andfacilitate effective communication.

Gross & Fine Motor

  • Proficiency in performing both gross motor tasks (e.g., assisting with patient mobility, lifting, and positioning) and fine motor tasks (e.g., administering injections, operating medical equipment).
  • Hand-eye coordination and dexterity for tasks such as drawing blood, suturing wounds, and handlingsmall medical instruments.

Emotional

  • Resilience to cope with emotionally challenging situations such as patient distress, medical emergencies, and end-of-life care.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and provide compassionate care while managing personalemotions.

Behavioral

  • Adherence to ethical standards, confidentiality regulations (such as HIPAA), and professional codesof conduct.
  • Dependability, punctuality, and the ability to work effectively as part of a healthcare team.

Clinical

  • Competence in performing clinical tasks such as taking vital signs, conducting patient assessments, and assisting with medical procedures under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology to accurately understand and communicate clinical information.

Spatial

  • Spatial awareness and the ability to navigate healthcare facilities efficiently, including locating patient rooms, treatment areas, and medical supplies.
  • Ability to visualize and interpret three-dimensional anatomical structures for tasks such as administering injections or positioning patients for X-rays.

Physical

 

  • Stamina and physical resilience to withstand long hours of standing, walking, and performing physically demanding tasks.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects or assist with patient transfers while maintaining proper body mechanics to prevent injury.

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