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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant 

Learn about the Medical Assistant Credit Certificate Program at the Harrisburg and Gettysburg campuses AND the new Medical Assistant Workforce Development (Noncredit) program in Harrisburg.
 

 

This program is designed for the individual who needs to acquire employment sooner rather than later. Developed to provide the skills necessary to become a well-qualified Medical Assistant, you will complete the program and sit for the industry-recognized Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam in some cases in less than six months! Once hired you will start earning a very good salary and, in most cases enjoy full benefits! Depending upon your situation and the time you can commit to the program, you can:

  • Register for the full-time, day program attending class four days a week for seven hours a day and complete the program in approximately six months.
  •  Register for the part-time, evening program attending class three to four evenings a week for three hours an evening (and possibly some Saturdays) and complete the program in approximately 10 months
     

Where does HACC hold classes?

HACC currently offers this noncredit Medical Assistant program at the Harrisburg Campus/Midtown 1 Center. (The program will be expanding to other HACC campuses in the coming months.)
 

When is this program offered?

Classes are scheduled to begin each spring (part-time) and fall (full-time) at the Harrisburg/Midtown 1 Center. Additional program starts may be added in the future at other HACC campuses.

The part-time, evening program will take approximately 10 months to complete (depending upon clinical site availability) and the full-time, day program can be completed in as little as six months.
 

How much does the program cost?

$5,740 plus textbook
 

What are the program admission criteria?

  • Interview with Healthcare Education/Workforce Development staff member
  • 18 years of age and high school diploma or GED
  • Satisfactory criminal background checks completed within 1 year prior to start of the clinical/externship experience (both the PA State Police Criminal History Report and FBI Criminal Background Report including the PA Child Abuse History Record)
  • Current CPR/Basic Life Support certification
     

Where can I get more information?

Download the Medical Assistant/Workforce Development program flyer which includes requirements, costs, etc.
 

Who can I contact for more information or to enroll?

For more information or if you have questions, you can email Healthcare Education staff at nchealth@hacc.edu or call 717-221-1348. An interview is required prior to registering for this program.


HACC is excited to announce that starting in the Fall of 2018 we will now be offering the Medical Assistant (Credit) Certificate program in the evening. The entire Medical Assisting program will be offered during the day and in the evening at our Harrisburg Campus and during the day at our Gettysburg Campus. Applications are still being accepted for classes beginning in August 2018. Call 717-221-1392 today to schedule an advising appointment with Mindy Rettinger, Medical Assisting Program Director.
 

The CREDIT PROGRAM clinical application for Fall 2019 (full-time or part-time program) will be available online using Survey Monkey - please check back.

How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf). 
 

What degree will I earn? Am I eligible for credentials? 

  • Upon successful completion, you will earn either a Medical Assisting certificate of completion.
  •  Students are required to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam prior to graduation. The American Association for Medical Assisting administers the exam.
     

What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held?

  • Download a list of Required Courses. (pdf) This includes an approximate time commitment (pdf, rev 3/2014).
  • The medical assistant certificate program is 37 credits. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg and Gettysburg campuses.
  • HACC holds all medical assisting classes and labs in the evening at the Harrisburg campus.
  • An externship (240 hours – usually 6 weeks full-time) is required and scheduled during summer semester. It is arranged by the college in a local physician’s office or clinic during normal daytime business hours Monday through Friday. The college attempts to find a site that is close to the student’s place of residence but there are no guarantees.
  • We require students to practice phlebotomy and injection skills on simulators and on each other.
     

How do I enroll in the program? 

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. Work closely with your advisor (the Program Director) to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
  • Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf).
  • If you are a pre-medical assisting student, you are required to meet with Professor Rettinger, the program director. Call (717) 221-1392 to schedule your appointment.
  • The clinical application is available online using Survey Monkey. Check back Spring 2019 for the Fall 19 application. The application deadline is May 31. Contact Prof. Malinda Rettinger if you have any questions. Based upon availability, applications may be accepted after May 31.

Is the program accredited? 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), based on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 

CAAHEP
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350


MAERB
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
1-800-228-2262
 

Can I advance my education in this field?

  • Graduates have options to pursue additional education. A degree in management or administration would qualify you to work as an office manager.
  •  Certificate program graduates who obtain the CMA credential can pursue HACC's Health Science associates degree.
     

What are the program goals?

Program goals are to prepare students to:  

  • become competent entry-level medical assistants
  • demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
     
What is the most current (2017) program effectiveness data
  • Graduation rate - 100% (Retention)
  • CMA exam pass rate - 100%
  • Job placement - 100%
  • Five-year average for job placement: 80.95% 
  • Five-year average for employer satisfaction: 100%


How can I get more information?
View our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).
Visit http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/36/Medical_Assistant
Visit the American Association of Medical Assistants - www.aama-ntl.org


Who can I contact for more information? 
Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at start@hacc.edu

Medical Assisting Program Office
HACC Harrisburg Campus 
Blocker Hall 101
One HACC Drive 
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-221-1392 

 

 

What is the difference between the two programs?

The credit program

  • 37 credits
  • students are awarded a certificate of completion
  • students are required to sit for the AAMA Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)  exam prior to graduation.
  • graduates can continue for an associate in applied science in Health Science degree (students will be awarded 30 college credits for CMA credential and current employment in the field)
  • selective admission program - admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the clinical portion of the program


The Workforce Development (noncredit) program

  • no college credits awarded and does not require completing an application to the college
  • students are awarded a certificate of completion
  • students who complete the program and pass the National Healthcareer Association's CCMA exam may pursue an associate in applied science in Health Science degree (students will be awarded 30 college credits for CCMA credential and current employment in the field)
  • students are required to complete an interview prior to registering for the program
  • The program can be completed in 6 months (full-time).
     

What does a medical assistant do?

A medical assistant (MA) is an allied health professional specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings. You may:
  • Answer phones, greet patients, handle billing & correspondence
  • Take medical histories, record vital signs and prepare patients for exams
  • Assist the doctor during appointments
  • Draw blood and perform lab tests
Learn more about the career  - ExploreHealthCareers.org