Medical Assistant

11 Months – Total Clock Hours: 1,120

2023-2024 Tuitions Fees: $12,3

Admission Requirements

Application Fee, Application for Admission, Enrollment Agreement, High School Diploma or GED, Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance.

Program Overview

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.

Maximum # of Students Per Class: 24

Program starts in August. Please check with CPI Admissions and review the Program Enrollment Agreement for specific start dates.

Entry-Level Career Opportunities:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical and Clinical Lab Technician
  • Phlebotomist

Courses In This Program Include:

Course Descriptions

BIO-120 – Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology I is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of all body systems. Used in conjunction with Medical Terminology, this course will help the student understand the human body system and how it functions, common pathology and diseases, and diagnostic/treatment modalities. (60 lecture hours – 0 lab hours)

HCC-120 – Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology is designed to give the student a working knowledge of medical terms. Students are taught medical prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, which can then be used to define most medical terms correctly.
(36 lecture hours – 0 lab hours)

MAC-061 – Introduction to Medical Transcription and the Electronic Health Records
Introduction to Healthcare and the EHR is designed to give the student a working knowledge of electronic health records. Students are taught the fundamentals of systems used in acute, ambulatory, and other medical settings.
(16 Lecture Hours – 20 Lab Hours)

MAC-076 – Medical Assisting /Clinical I
Medical Assisting/ Clinical I is designed to focus on understanding the profession of Medical Assisting and the complex interactions that occur between the medical assistant, patients, patients’ families, and the office staff. An introduction to basic medical assisting skills includes obtaining vital signs, instruction on electrocardiography, patient education, aseptic techniques, standard precautions, sterilization techniques, use of equipment, handling of biohazardous materials, knowledge of instruments, exam positions, obtaining medical histories, diversity, charting, and eye and ear examinations. (72 Lecture Hours – 36 Lab Hours)

PSS-125 – Pathways to Success with Integrated Technology
Pathways to Success with Integrated Technology develops strategies and skills necessary for success in higher education. Topics include transitioning to post-secondary learning, setting academic goals, managing time, and keeping organized, learning, and studying, preparing for and taking tests, understanding policies, and utilizing electronic resources. Students are taught to practice fundamental skills in composing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. During the course, students will be taught the tools to help them attain academic success and to become independent, motivated learners.
(24 Lecture Hours – 24 Lab Hours)

BIO-122 – Anatomy and Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology II involves discussion, demonstration & video to enhance understanding of the material presented in the previous Anatomy & Physiology course. Video instruction will facilitate student understanding of physiological concepts and clinical application towards diagnosis and treatment of various disorders. The student will also participate in small group activities to facilitate understanding of the material and develop critical thinking skills. (36 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours)

MAC-077 – Medical Assisting/ Clinical II
Medical Assisting/Clinical II is a continuation of the clinical component of Medical Assisting to include patient interviews, communication skills, preparing the medical record using various formats, setting up for minor office surgeries and procedures, operating clinical equipment, identifying instruments, preparing patients for exams/procedures, bandaging, using the microscope, operating a centrifuge, collecting and processing specimens, performing urinalysis, acquiring throat and wound cultures, and performing injections.
(84 Lecture Hours – 48 Lab Hours)

Instruction presented Medical Assistant/ Administrative I is directly related to the duties that are performed in a medical office setting. A number of subjects are covered extensively including filing, preparing medical insurance forms, and bookkeeping and basic accounting skills. Other content areas covered include interpersonal communication, telephone management, appointment scheduling, correspondence preparation and distribution, and computer operations in the medical office. (36 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours)

COM-130 – Technical Writing
Technical Writing involves the study and practice of writing in professional settings. It is designed to help students learn and apply concepts of effective written communication appropriate for careers in technical and trade fields. The course will help the student develop the essential skills of a professional technical communicator with an emphasis on producing clear and effective written communications. Topics presented in the class include identifying keys to effective writing, characteristics of job-related writing, the writing process, collaborative writing, electronic communications, preparing professional correspondences, designing documents, writing instructions and procedures, writing short reports and proposals, and preparing presentations. (36 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours)

HCC-135 – Medical Law & Ethic Principles in health Care
Medical Law & Ethics will include medical ethics and related issues, such as legal guidelines and requirements for health care. Students will be taught to identify and respond to issues of confidentiality, perform within legal and ethical boundaries, and document appropriately. Ethical issues will be explored within the context of current laws and cases, which structure medical practice. (36 Lecture Hours – 0 lab hours)

MAC-081, Basic Pharmacology Essentials
Basic Pharmacology Essentials provides the student with an understanding of pharmacology for allied health care professionals. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of medicines, their use and abuse, dosage calculations, classification of drugs, proper methods of administration, oral and topical medications. Instruction is also given in preparing prescriptions and patient education. Parental medications will be discussed in clinical and performed in clinical lab practicum.
(36 Lecture Hours – 12 Lab Hours)

MAC-078 – Medical Assistant/ Clinical III
Medical Assistant/Clinical III is the continuation of the clinical component of Medical Assisting to include identifying and recognizing medical emergencies, first aid techniques, and CPR review. (72 Lecture Hours – 48 Lab Hours)

MAC-072 – Medical Assistant/ Administrative II
Medical Assistant/Administrative II provides instruction in the administrative component of medical assisting. Topics of discussion include the use and operation of office equipment, billing and collection procedures, and accounts receivable and payable. Instruction will also be given on the scheduling of inpatient and outpatient admissions and procedures, organizing a patient’s medical record/chart, and proper filing of medical records. (36 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours)

HCC-150 – Phlebotomy
Phlebotomy instruction is given in laboratory procedures. This course addresses the following topics, standard precautions, infection control, specimen collection and processing, skin and venipuncture procedures, hematology, and serology.
(30 Lecture Hours – 18 Lab Hours)

HCC-122 – Introduction to Medical Coding–ICD-10-CM/CPT 4 Coding
Instruction in this course will include how to develop knowledge and skills in diagnostic (ICD-10CM) and procedural (CPT) coding and insurance claims completion for a variety of health care insurance programs, as well as an introduction to the new ICD10-CM. Students will be taught to code physician office services utilizing current coding references, coding rules, and their proper application. Students will also be taught to code by correctly assigning diagnosis codes with procedure codes.
(36 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours)

MAP-096 –Clinical Practicum
The Medical Assistant student gains additional practical experience in a physician’s office or clinic utilizing skills and competencies acquired throughout the program. Students will document in a journal all procedures and duties they performed or observed throughout each day. This journal will be graded on its content by the clinical externship coordinator.
(0 Lecture Hours – 0 Lab Hours – 224 Externship Hours)

HCC-140 – Medical Office Automation, Billing
This course introduces the student to health insurance and reimbursement. The student will be taught principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission, and payment processing, and the follow up process.
(16 Lecture Hours – 32 Lab Hours)

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

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.