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Medical Assistant

Associate Degree Program (352P) and Certificate Program (321P) - Harrisburg
HACC's Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP -  1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Medical Assistants are allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics and group practices. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Physicians value this unique versatility and not surprisingly, the demand for medical assistants is expanding rapidly.

About the career
Medical Assisting program slick flier (pdf) 5/13

Required Courses and time commitment (pdf)  (rev. 4/13)
Course Competencies (pdf) Fall 2012

Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf) (rev.5/12)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) (rev 5/13)

Program Effectiveness Data
Certificate: Graduation rate - 85%; CMA exam pass rate - 100%; Job placement - 87% (2-year data)
Degree: Graduation rate - 88%; CMA exam pass rate - 85%; Job placement - 83% (2-year data)

Medical Assisting Program Information Session - HARRISBURG CAMPUS -  Tue, Apr 8, 6-7:30 pm (pdf)
Medical assisting program clinical application for Fall 2014 ON-LINE using Survey Monkey (deadline May 31) - Check back spring 2014!

Estimated Expenses (pdf) rev 11/13

Selective program.
Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will be admitted as a pre-medical assisting student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program.

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The medical assistant certificate program is 37 credits, which can be completed in 4 semesters, with the awarding of a certificate upon successful completion. The certificate program can be completed on a part-time basis. A minimum of 2 courses must be taken each semester. See below for scheduling details. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus.

The medical assistant degree program is 61-63 credits, which can be completed in 24 months, with the awarding of an associate in science degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus. Some required courses offered at other campuses and sites and on the internet! Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam as administered by the American Association for Medical Assisting.

All classes and labs in the clinical portion of both Medical Assisting programs are held in the evening at Harrisburg campus. Externships (MA 230) are held during the day and are conducted in local physicians’ offices and clinics. Every attempt is made to find a site that is close to the student’s place of residence but there can be no guarantees.

Students will be required to practice phlebotomy and injection skills on simulators and on each other.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam as administered by the American Association for Medical Assisting.

Which option should I choose?

The certificate program is best suited to a student who is just starting and simply wants to qualify to seek employment as an MA. Because it's the shorter of the two its best for part-time students as well.

The degree program is suited for the student who may already have some general education courses, wants the associate's degree and is thinking of possibly furthering their education in the future. HACC has an association with Shippensburg that would allow an associate degree MA to go for a bachelors degree in Health Care Administration which would qualify them to be employed as an Office Manger.

The only difference between the two options in the core/clinical portion of training is the degree requires an externship in phlebotomy, a course in health care law and ethics and 1-3 credits of health care related electives. Graduation from either program qualifies the student to sit for the nationally recognized certification exam and generally speaking a degree does not make one more employable than the certificate. Salaries are also similar.

Medical Assistant Certificate or Associate Degree Program Recommended Course Sequence (taken upon acceptance into the clinical phase)

Fall Semester - MA 220, AH 150, MA 142, AH 213
Spring Semester - MA 221, MA 212, MA 201, AH 141, *AH 210
Summer Semester - MA 230 - externship - 240 hours required (usually 6 wks full-time)

Certificate Program Part Time Option:
After being admitted to the program, the course sequence for the Medical Assisting Certificate can be modified to allow a student to complete the required course work on a part time basis. A minimum of two courses must be taken per semester. This course sequence is based on students already having taken and passed BIOL 105, BIOL 111 and CIS 105:

Fall I Semester - MA 220, AH 213
Spring I Semester - MA 221, AH 209
Summer I Semester - AH 140
Fall II Semester - MA 142, AH 150
Spring II Semester - AH 141, MA 201, MA 212
Summer II Semester - MA 230 - externship -  240 hours required (usually 6 wks full-time)

Medical Assistant Program Contacts
If you have specific questions about the Medical Assistant program, contact Health Careers
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988

Medical Assisting Program Office:
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall 106
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-221-1326 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211326


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