D.A.S., Major in Medical Assisting

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The Medical Assisting program prepares a multi-skilled graduate to function in clinical and administrative areas of the physician's office and ambulatory care centers. Medical assistants work under the supervision of a physician and are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Medical assisting is an exciting and rapidly-expanding health care profession.

Graduates of the program have an opportunity to pursue an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology, with a major in General Technology.

Administrative duties of the medical assistant include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, transcribing medical dictation, handling telephone calls, performing basic clerical functions and managing medical practice finances.

Clinical duties of the medical assistant include: practicing safety and infection control, obtaining patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests and administering medication.

The medical assistant must work well with people, have good communication skills, like a variety of work experiences, be accurate in work performance and be trustworthy with confidential information.

Medical Assisting graduates may earn the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential by passing the National Certifying examination. Felons are not eligible to take this examination unless a waiver is granted by the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled on a full-time basis.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs: 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida, (727) 210-2350.

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework. For more detailed information, please go to the Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Deborah McCallum

Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
MED 102 Introduction to Medical Assisting Profession 2.0
MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures 4.0
MED 131 Administrative Skills of the Medical Office I 2.0
MED 107 Medical Office Management 4.0
MED 115 Medical Office Lab Procedures I 4.0
MED 118 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 4.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
MED 108 Common Diseases of the Medical Office 3.0
MED 117 Clinical Practice 5.0
MED 132 Administrative Skills of the Medical Office II 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 50.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Medical Assisting requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 4/8/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The purpose of the CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting Program at Piedmont technical College is to prepare competent certified medical assistants to perform in entry level positions in ambulatory health care settings. These medical assistants will assume responsibility for life-long learning and professional growth as well as become a contributing member of the community.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care

  2. Apply knowledge of medical law and ethics

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology

  4. Obtain and record patient history

  5. Apply management care policies in procedures

  6. Perform billing/collection procedures

  7. Provide patient instruction based on their individual needs 



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Advisement Information

• Completion of the Medical Assisting program requires three semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty students are accepted each year to begin clinical courses in the fall semester.

• Courses are offered in the day only at the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood. An externship in a medical office is required during summer semester -- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students need to be aware that the externship experience is required for program completion and that transportation to and from medical offices (in the seven counties served by PTC) is the student's expense and responsibility.

Requirements for Clinical Entry: To be eligible to apply for clinical entry, student must have successful completion of Medical Terminology (AHS 102), English Composition I (ENG 101), Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112), Contemporary Mathematics (MAT 155), and General Psychology (PSY 201) with a 2.5 GPA or better. Introduction to Computers (CPT 101) should be completed before clinical entry.  Calculate your program ready GPA here.

Math Requirement Disclaimer: For Fall 2013, MAT 152 may be accepted for MAT 155. All students accepted into the Medical Assisting program beyond Fall 2013 must have MAT 155 complete.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses. It is also highly recommended that students take Ethics and Law for Health Professionals (AHS 205) while taking Program-Ready and General Education courses.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once in the clinical stage of the program. Students in the clinical program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. This cost is borne to the student and is currently $80.85. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be borne to the student.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the clinical courses will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine recommended.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, licensure preparation, membership dues, and graduation fees. Initial cost upon clinical acceptance, excluding college tuition, fees, and books, could be as much as $1,000.

To earn an Associate in Occupational Technology, Major in General Technology, with electives in Medical Assisting, graduates must complete the following courses:

General Education (Minimum 15 SHC):
ENG 101, MAT 102, PSY 201, Natural Science/math elective, Humanities/Fine Arts elective and CPT 101.
Required Core Subject Courses (Minimum 40 SHC)
MGT 150, MGT 201, AHS 205, MKT 135, ACC 101, and PSY 203
Other Hours for Graduation (5-25 SHC)

Advisement Information updated 10/03/2012