Medical Assisting Program Overview
Medical Assistants work alongside Physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.
In Demand | Medical Assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:
- Predicted surge in the number of Physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities
- Technological advancements
- Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment
Job Responsibilities | Medical Assistants are cross trained to perform administrative and clinical duties, as evidenced by the Occupational Analysis of Medical Assistants.
The Medical Assisting Program at Sandhills Community College is delivered in three-part sections, each section must be passed to move to the next, the program takes approximately 11 months to complete:
Medical Assisting Part I – This course focuses on medical assisting administrative skills as well as anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and basic math for medical office finance and pharmacology.
Medical Assisting Part II – This course focuses on medical assisting clinical skills and prepares the student to successfully participate in the Practicum/Clinical Part III.
Medical Assisting Part III – This course serves as the students Practicum/Clinical experience, this section is 160 hours and completed under the supervision of a preceptor in a local outpatient or ambulatory clinic setting.
The final portion of the class includes an unpaid practicum, which gives the medical assisting student at least 160 hours of unpaid hands-on experience working in one or more ambulatory healthcare settings. Students also work on resumes, interview skills, and exam preparation.
Medical Assisting Mission Statement
The Mission of the SCC Medical Assistant Program is to prepare medical students who excel in the knowledge, skill and professionalism required by employers in the medical community.
Medical Assisting Program Goals
- Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students must pass 100% of all competencies in the MA program and in the Master Competency List within 3 attempts to be able to progress in the MA program.
- To help students’ complete competencies as required by our program.
- To teach effective communication and patient advocacy.
- To help students understand and practice health safety policies and procedures and provide quality patient care.
- To help students to demonstrate professionalism, understanding and compassion while serving diverse populations.
- Prepare students for immediate employment as a medical assistant.
The Medical Assisting Program at Sandhills Community College is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants, CMA (AAMA).
American Association of Medical Assisting Endowment
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Students who successfully pass the MA program are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) with American Medical Technologies (AMT).
Sandhills Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Sandhills Community College.