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Allied Health

Medical Assistant

Overview

Average length of program:

   4-7 quarters

Completion awards:

   Certificate (4 quarters) or A.A.S. degree (7 quarters)

The Medical Assistant is an allied health professional who assists physicians and other health care providers in their offices or other medical settings. In accordance with respective state laws, they perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties. In the Medical Assistant program at Spokane Community College, students learn about the administrative duties of scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls, writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances.

The clinical phase of the program is taught through intense training and hands-on application. Students learn to perform clinical duties, including asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.

The Spokane Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park street Clearwater, Florida 33756, 1(727)210-2350. The MA program does not allow for advance standing placement or challenging of MA courses.

Employment opportunities include private physicians' offices, large medical clinics, staff model HMO's, urgent care facilities, and other medical offices. Graduates of the program have enjoyed a high placement rate in our local area. New opportunities in the field of medical assisting are being realized as the profession continues to grow.

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: www.scc.spokane.edu/?concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

 

Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
link to outline
 
For more information....Additional Information
 
If you have general questions regarding the Medical Assistant program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email (AdmissionsInfo@scc.spokane.edu) or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
 
If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact Stacia Reagan, who is the program director and a faculty member in the program. Her contact information is as follows:
Email:SReagan@scc.spokane.edu
Phone:(509) 533-8138 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 8138
 
You can also submit an online information request or get our address to write for more information.
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