* A quarter is made up of 11 weeks and students may carry 8 to 16 credits per quarter.
Launch your rewarding career as Medical Assistant At City College!
Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing professions and offers many exciting job opportunities. (Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations1).
An Associate of Science degree from City College provides the kind of comprehensive training that is sought-after by hospitals, private healthcare practices and other organizations. An in-depth focus on learning everything from administrative tasks to clinical techniques will prepare you well to take the medical assisting certification exam. Most healthcare employers now prefer an associate degree in medical assisting because of the classroom and practical experience students gain that prepares them for successful careers.
Medical Assistant Curriculum
The comprehensive curriculum provides a variety of core courses and specialized training designed to give students a complete understanding of the elements required in different areas of healthcare. You can choose a specific specialty or a more general path. You will study anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical insurance, phlebotomy, medical terminology, and the administration of medical procedures such as EKGs, wound care, and injections.
A 160-hour externship at a college-approved site gives you valuable, hands-on training in real-life medical environments such as family practices, health clinics and other healthcare organizations.
City College serves as a proctor site for NCCT, the National Center for Competency Tests. In that role, we are qualified to receive medical assisting certification for students who pass the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam. You can also test for certification as a Phlebotomist, which can further advance your career.
(1) Data from www.bls.gov
Core Courses Included
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Clinical Lab Procedures
- CPR and Medical Emergencies
- Exam Room Procedures
- Medical Terminology