Majors & Certificates
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
Earning a medical assistant certificate through Lackawanna College is a great step toward a rewarding career in healthcare. With experience or additional education, medical assistants can move into leadership roles or advance into more complex occupations. Those could include jobs as a registered nurse, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.
Student coursework includes medical billing and coding, reception tasks, and basic accounting. Meanwhile, the hands-on portion of the certificate program trains students in phlebotomy, giving injections, and working in lab testing.
A medical assistant certification from Lackawanna College sets students up to work in a variety of jobs or continue on with more medical training.
The medical assistant job is predicted to grow exponentially in the coming years. A medical assistant certification from Lackawanna College is the place to start.
Why enroll in Lackawanna’s Medical Assistant Certificate Program?
The cost of this program is $10,000, which makes Lackawanna’s certificate the most affordable medical assistant program in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Tuition and fees will cover books and lab supplies, scrubs, clinical externship, NHA study guide, NHA practice exams, and the certification exam.
Since 2016, Lackawanna College Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) students have a 100% pass rate on their first attempt taking the National Health-Career Association (NHA) CCMA National Certification Exam. That is 23 percentage points above the national average of 77%.
What does a Certified Medical Assistant do?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a medical assistant can perform tasks including:
• Help physicians with patient examinations
• Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
• Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
• Enter patient information into medical records
Your Medical Assistant Certificate will show that you are knowledgeable and a valuable member of the healthcare field. You will be able to perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Lackawanna College builds instructions and coursework around the real world. You will earn your certification from an accredited institution that is committed to keeping higher education accessible and affordable. Our certificate programs are made for people just like you!
WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?
- Students must meet admission requirements prior to acceptance, which will be reviewed during the application process.
- A high school diploma or GED is required.
- After successful completion of the course and clinical practica, you will then be eligible to sit for the National Health-Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.
WHAT SORT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANT COURSES WILL I STUDY?
The medical assistant program consists of a combination of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective areas of study that include the following subjects:
- Law and Ethics
- Communication Skills
- Electronic Health Record Applications
- Diagnostic and Procedure Coding
- Health Insurance and Reimbursement
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Anthropometric Measurements and Vital Signs
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Minor Office Surgery
Medical Assistant Career Information
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary in 2020 for Medical Assistants was $35,850 per year, and the field is expected to grow by 19% through 2029, with Pennsylvania being the fourth-largest employer of medical assistants in the United States.
*Salary and job growth projections from U.S. Dept. of Lbaor, www.bls,gov, updated January 2021
APPLY TO OUR MEDICAL ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
We are proud to offer an affordable yet comprehensive educational program in the medical assistant profession. This way, prospective students who have always wanted to become certified medical assistants in the rapidly expanding healthcare field have the chance to do so and not overpay for their education.
Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.
The Clinical Medical Assistant program at Lackawanna College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by CAAHEP. This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
This course will provide in-depth instruction in both administrative and clinical skills expected for entry-level positions in a healthcare setting. Students will develop skills in front office administration with an introduction to health insurance and basic billing practices, scheduling, electronic health records, data entry, keyboarding skills, office management, along with legal and ethical aspects applicable to any healthcare environment. The clinical (back office) portion focuses on direct patient contact with clinical and laboratory skills. Students will learn about nutrition, how to handle office emergencies, prepare and assist with minor office surgical procedures, ECG’s, phlebotomy, lab screenings, injections, patient assessments and vitals, and other clinical procedures. This course also has a heavy emphasis on Medical Terminology. Students will learn word structure and how medical terms are formed and common terms related to the whole body. Each body system is covered and includes moderate coverage of anatomy and physiology. In addition, students learn to observe Universal Precautions, OSHA regulations, HIPAA requirements, and patient confidentiality.
The goal of Lackawanna College’s Clinical Medical Assistant certificate program is to prepare students to enter a high-demand field of healthcare and work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, ambulatory care centers, and other healthcare facilities. This program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon successful completion of this course students will:
• Review and achieve all course objectives.
• Passed 100% of the psychomotor and affective competencies according to the MAERB Core Curriculum.
• Achieve a minimum overall course grade of 80%.
• Demonstrate competent reading and writing skills throughout the program.
• Demonstrate effective communication skills in both general and major-specific contexts.
• Consider multiple perspectives regarding individuals and different cultural contexts and make decisions independently or as part of a team.
• Use critical analysis and reasoning supported by knowledge and skills learned throughout the program to enhance personal and professional decision-making.
• Define and articulate the need for information and access this information effectively and efficiently.
• Demonstrate professional, legal, and ethical behavior in all academic, clinical, and employment settings.
• Be professional and proficient in administrative and clinical tasks to work competently and confidently in various healthcare settings.
• Be proficient in HIPAA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and other infection control measures in the healthcare setting
• Be prepared to sit for the NHA national credentialing exam.
• Be prepared to enter the workforce as qualified and technically skilled healthcare professionals.
The objective of this program is to provide training in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains for those who wish to work in the clinical and administrative areas of health care as Certified Medical Assistants and enable those students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a medical setting. The program objectives are based on the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies established by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as outlined in the 2015 Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Education Programs.
Clinical Rotations (Practicum)
Will begin after successful completion of the didactic course and consist of a minimum of 160 unpaid hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting. Students will be under the supervision of professional Medical Assistants, RN’s, Physicians, and/or office managers that are knowledgeable in the medical assistant profession. The schedule will be determined by the clinical site and announced prior to the start of clinical. Clinical rotations must be completed prior to graduation. It is important to note that non-remuneration includes both direct and indirect remuneration. The practicum sites cannot pay the students for their time, nor can students be provided with a travel allowance or a meal allowance, or any other perk, such as gifts or gift cards, that involves the exchange of funds.
The Medical Assisting Program courses are internal credits to only be used at Lackawanna College. These credits will not transfer to another institution. Likewise, because CCMA is a certificate program, credits from other institutions will not transfer into the Lackawanna College CCMA program.
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