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Medical Assisting (Limited Access Program), Vocational Certificate

Program Information

Vocational Certificate - Code 1123/1023 - Catalog 2017/2018

Tamara Mottler, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3215, Tamara.Mottler@daytonastate.edu

Connie Kisner, Administrative Assistant, 386-506-3080, Connie.Kisner@daytonastate.edu

Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, 386-506-3052, Melissa.Brown@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

It is the goal of the Medical Assisting program at Daytona State College to:

  1. Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior ) learning domains.
  2. To provide the local and surrounding communities with highly trained competent medical professionals.

Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing allied health professions in the country. Our efforts will be continually directed at improving and providing the most up to date training in the field.

Students should be aware that this is a professional program. The American Association of Medical Assistants has established a code of ethics and a creed for the profession. They both establish guidelines, obligations, basic beliefs and fundamental principles of the profession and offer standards of expected behavior. Students are expected to comply with the standards of professional responsibility as outlined in the documents on the following page.

Description:

The program prepares students to work in the multi-skilled field of medical assisting. Students are prepared to assist in all aspects of medical practice administratively and clinically under the supervision of a physician. Instruction covers terminology, anatomy and physiology, coding, pharmacology, medical office laboratory procedures, diet and nutrition, and radiography. Clinical experiences will be provided in physician offices, ambulatory care centers and clinics. Job title: Medical Assistant.

Program Accreditation: The Medical Assisting Program Daytona Beach Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB). Information may be obtained from CAAHEP, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350 and AAMA, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575, Chicago, IL 60606; (312) 899-1500

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the Medical Assisting profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of medical office procedures.
  3. Develop a clear idea of his/her role and responsibilities to the patient, the physician and other members of the health care team.
  4. Demonstrate a sound basis of the scientific principles of Anatomy/Physiology and Medical Terminology.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of Pharmacology and Billing/Coding.
  6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of diet and nutrition, so that they may be able to provide patient education, as well as be self-educated in these areas as it relates to disease processes and good health.
  7. Develop life-long learning habits for personal and professional growth and development.

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Approximate Additional Costs

Program Tuition and Fees: $3,563*

Access Fee: $55 ($1.26 per credit)

Assessment Fee: $33

Lab Fees: $114

Textbooks: $175

Uniforms: $175

Laboratory Supplies: $60

FDLE/FBI Background Screening: $90

Certification Exam Fee: $125

*In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

Financing Options: All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state student financial assistance by completing the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov. For more information on grant, loans and work program available please see the Office of Financial Aid webpage at http://www.daytonastate.edu/finaid. Students are also encouraged to apply for one of the many Daytona State College Foundation scholarships offered each semester. For more information see: http://www.daytonastate.edu/scholarships.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt as well. All other applicants will be required to take the TABE test and must achieve a 10th grade level or higher on each section of the TABE test.
  • Submit completed application for continuing enrollment to the School of Health Careers.
  • Applications are accepted anytime during the year.
  • Selection is made once per year based on cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or better.
  • Admissions into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider and AED through American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Program specific courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.
  • Students will be held accountable for the policies and procedures of the Medical Assisting program as outlined in the Medical Assisting student handbook, as well as the College Student handbook.

Careers

Medical Assistant

The following information is required by federal regulations to be provided to students for all vocational and certificate programs. Additional information on any career, job, or salary potential can be found at http://www.onetonline.org.

Program Length: The typical length of this program is three (3) semesters (36 weeks) for a full-time student, with 86% graduating within 3 semesters for 2014-15. The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) lists the placement rate (2013-14) for this field at 78%.

For additional career information, please see:

http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00

Note: Need help preparing for your job search? Login to Daytona State's Career Services Online (CSO) to create your personal career account, or email your Daytona State College Career Advisor.

Program Specific Courses

MEA0005Introduction to Medical Assisting

120.9

MEA0204CClinical Procedures for Medical Assisting and Lab

150

MEA0230CMedical Terminology for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0231CAnatomy and Physiology for Medical Assisting and Lab

180

MEA0242CPharmacology for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0256CLaboratory Procedures for Medical Assisting

189

MEA0310CClerical Procedures for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0334CCoding for Medical Assisting and Lab

60

MEA0801Externship for Medical Assisting

240

Sample Program of Study

1st Semester - Fall

MEA0005Introduction to Medical Assisting

120.9

MEA0230CMedical Terminology for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0231CAnatomy and Physiology for Medical Assisting and Lab

180

MEA0310CClerical Procedures for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0334CCoding for Medical Assisting and Lab

60

2nd Semester - Spring

MEA0204CClinical Procedures for Medical Assisting and Lab

150

MEA0242CPharmacology for Medical Assisting and Lab

120

MEA0256CLaboratory Procedures for Medical Assisting

189

3rd Semester - Summer

MEA0801Externship for Medical Assisting

240

TOTAL VOC. HRS. 43.33
TOTAL CONTACT HRS. 1300.00

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.