Project Description

Medical Assistant

Hours: 1120
Start Date: 1/5/2021 and 8/23/2021
Schedule: Monday-Friday: Varying schedule depending on the term

Cost: $11,480

2019 Medical Assistant Graduates

Medical assistants play a critical role in the daily operations of medical offices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. This CAAHEP accredited program prepares students to be multi-skilled members of the healthcare team. Students are trained in administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures commonly performed by medical assistants. The curriculum provides students with the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in medical assisting. Training involves a mixture of classroom, laboratory and clinical components to prepare the student for employment upon graduation. Graduates of this program meet AAMA requirements to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.

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  • Submit your application and enrollment agreement to the Adult Education office.
    Your completed enrollment agreement and application should be submitted to the Adult Education office with the $95 fee, prior to starting the following steps.

  • Submit High School Transcript, Diploma, or GED to Adult Education Office. CPI required verification of high school graduation. Please submit one of the following to the adult education office; high school diploma, high school transcripts, or GED. Questions about this requirement please call the Adult Ed office at 814-359-2793 ext. 207. 
  • Meet with a Financial Aid representative. If you are utilizing federal student aid to pay your tuition, the website for filing your FAFSA is CPI’s school code is: 015445. For assistance with financial aid (student loans and grants), please contact CPI’s Chief Financial Aid Office at (814) 359-2793 x 252 : Jan Pepperday, or (814) 359-2793 x 262 : Ron Benton,
  • Take the Accuplacer exam. Accuplacer is used to measure your readiness for the program and allows us to recommend any remedial work prior to your start. This exam consists of two parts; arithmetic and reading comprehension. On average, the exam takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. The exam is not timed and you are allotted ample time to complete.  The document attached to this email provides numerous websites that offer exercises / practice exams for you to prepare. Arrange to take the Accuplacer exam at CPI by contacting Adult Education 814-359-2793 ext. 207
  • Register with Castlebranch.

    Castlebranch is your portal to register, acquire and manage; clearances, background checks, drug screening, and physical exam forms. Use the below website to access and pay for Castlebranch.  REGISTER HERE>

  • Order uniforms. Visit, click “shop”, select “CPI” on the right side of the webpage. Recommend ordering minimum 2 sets of scrubs (2tops and 2 bottoms). All other clothing listed on the site (jackets, hoodies, etc.) are optional and not required for class.
  • Order textbooks. See your Coordinator, Katelyn Leathers, for a list of the textbooks. They can be purchased new or used. Renting is available on some websites, just be sure the rental is for the entire length of time you will need to utilize that textbook. Some texts are used all year. 
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TERM 1 (8 Weeks)
BIO-120 – Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology I- 60 Clock Hours
MAC-076 – Medical Assisting Clinical I 96 MAC-061 Healthcare and the Electronic Record – 36 Clock Hours
CSA-120 – Computer Software Applications: Word, Excel, PP 48 HCC-120 Medical Terminology – 36 Clock Hours

TERM 2 (12 Weeks)
BIO-122 – Introduction to Anataomy & Physiology II – 36 clock hours
MAC-077 – Medical Assisting Clinical II – 72 clock hours
COM-121 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking – 36 clock hours
HCC-135 – Medical Law & Ethical Principles in Healthcare – 36 clock hours
COM-130 – Technical Writing – 36 clock hours
SOC-221 – Professionalism and Employment Readiness 24 MAC-071 Medical Assisting Administration I – 36 clock hours

TERM 3 (12 Weeks)
MAC-081 – Medical Assisting Pharmacology 48 MAC-077 Medical Assisting Clinical III – 48 clock hours
HCC-122 – Introduction to Medical Coding 36 HCC-150 Phlebotomy – 48 clock hours
MAP-095 Medical Assisting Practicum I (8 hrs./week) – 96 clock hours
MAC-072 – Medical Assisting Administration II – 36 clock hours

TERM 4 (8 Weeks)
MAP-096 – Medical Assisting Practicum II (24 hrs./week) – 192
HCC-140 – Introduction to Medical Billing – 48
MAC-089 – Medical Assistant Exam Preparation – 16




Total Classroom Hours: 832
Total Practicum Hours: 288
Total Program Hours: 1120




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The ACCUPLACER exam is used by CPI to determine student readiness for AST degree programs. The Next Generation Arithmetic and Next Generation Reading exams are the tests administered at CPI.  Below are resources that offer study guides and practice tests for both the Arithmetic and Reading ACCUPLACER exams.
Test Details: Next Generation ACCUPLACER
Next-Generation Arithmetic focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The following knowledge and skills categories are assessed:
  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents
Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:
  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary
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As part of CPI’s program accreditation requirements, The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) requires that CPI post Program performance information annually. Above is CPI’s most recent Medical Assistant Retention, Job Placement, and Exam Pass Rate performance.

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