Medical Assistant

Become an integral member of a medical team.

Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. A medical assistant takes vital signs, prepares patients for and assists physicians during examinations, collects and prepares laboratory specimens, performs basic laboratory tests on the premises, schedules appointments, bills patients, fills out insurance forms, and much more.

Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree programs prepare students to enter the high-demand field of healthcare and to work in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other professional healthcare facilities. Graduates are prepared to meet both the clinical and administrative challenges of today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This is accomplished by providing curriculum relating to patient care skills, general study, and administrative/business skills.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program is an extension of the career-track certificate program.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA)
  • Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA)

Students gain experience in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Clinical procedures such as electrocardiography (EKG), venipuncture, and specimen collection
  • Medical office administration
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology and human diseases

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and practice of clinical care
  • Hands-on learning in on-site medical laboratories that simulate the clinical environment
  • Instruction in the use of relevant medical devices and software
  • Valuable, practical experience through a program-related, faculty-monitored practicum

Certification

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA) exam. The CMA (AAMA) designation is a national credential awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), indicating that the Medical Assistant meets certain standards of competence as determined by the AAMA. Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Medical Assistants. In the State of New Jersey, Medical Assistants who hold the CMA (AAMA) credential are permitted to administer injections.

Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant credentialing examination two-year weighted average pass rate is 95 percent, which far exceeds the 30 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB. This rate is representative of students who graduated in 2013 and 2014 and who passed the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT), and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA) certification examinations.

Medical Assistant Program Video

68.9%

of full-time enrolled students received Federal Pell Grants in 2015

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Medical Assistant

 This program is offered:
dover newark woodbridge woodland park

A.A.S., Medical Assistant 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Medical Assistant
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the American healthcare system. This course explains the structures and operations of healthcare organizations, explores the forces responsible for shaping the system, and considers the policies influencing the system’s current and future performance. 

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

 


3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the principles of law as applied to the healthcare field. Students learn ethical standards and issues as related to healthcare.

 


3 Credit Hours

Familiarizes students with computerized billing and electronic health records using practice management software. Students learn to enter and edit patient personal history information, enter charges and post payments to financial accounts, and print statements. The importance of accuracy is stressed throughout this course.

Prerequisite: HEA1101

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, laboratory procedures and safety, maintaining medical asepsis, recognizing surgical instrumentation, conducting proper autoclaving and disinfecting, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

Prerequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the healthcare industry and the medical assistant profession. Emphasizes patient relations as well as efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn how to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed. Students will also learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, and demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on professional attitudes and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, CLIA Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Basic principles of pharmacology and human pathophysiology are combined to further the understanding of medication administration, as well as the therapeutic and non-therapeutic effects of various medication classifications. This course covers the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug preparation, and dose calculation as well as the various routes of drug administration. Also covered are the etiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and treatment of the common pathologies.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


6 Credit Hours

This course requires the student to integrate the knowledge, skills, and techniques learned throughout the Medical Assistant program. The practicum component provides students with 165 hours of hands-on work experience in a supervised ambulatory healthcare environment. The on-campus component elicits reflection on the application of principles and practices learned throughout the entire Medical Assistant program. This course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for industry-specific certifications examinations such as the Certified Medical Assistant – CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA, and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HEA2200, SCI1120, and departmental permission

 




BUSINESS CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This course provides an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework including Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 





LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Study of the structure and function of the human body. Students are introduced to the various body systems, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy, as well as microbiology.

 


3 Credit Hours

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Humanities Elective


3 credits

Social Science Elective




3 credits

FREE ELECTIVE



60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, additional vaccinations such as a tetanus shot administered within the past 10 years and the Hepatitis B vaccination are recommended for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

The minimum passing grade required for Medical (MED) courses is a C. Any grade below a C is a failing grade. In order to pass a MED course that consists of both didactic and clinical/laboratory portions, students must receive at least a C for the didactic portion of the course and a P for the clinical/laboratory portion. A failure in either the didactic or clinical/laboratory portion of a MED course will result in a failing grade for the entire course. Therefore, only a MED course in which students receive at least a C will satisfy the course requirements for the Medical Assistant program.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all MED courses with a minimum grade of C, as well as participate in a national credential examination accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) such as the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT), or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA). The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) guidelines require students to meet certain criteria in order to participate in the CMA (AAMA) exam. A full explanation of these guidelines can be found on the AAMA website (http://www.aama-ntl.org/cma-aama-exam/application-steps/eligibility). Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Medical Assistants.

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $790.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/aas_medical_assistant_statistics_sem.htm.

Any required traditional textbooks and/or some required supplies are included as part of the charge for tuition and fees and will be distributed to students. Please note, however, that students have the right to obtain traditional textbooks, and/or certain required items, from other sources. Students who demonstrate that they have obtained required item(s) from another source may return the items distributed by the College and receive a refund of the amount charged by the College for the specific item.

 





Medical Assistant

 This program is offered:
dover newark woodbridge woodland park

Medical Assistant Certificate 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Medical Assistant
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, laboratory procedures and safety, maintaining medical asepsis, recognizing surgical instrumentation, conducting proper autoclaving and disinfecting, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

Prerequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the healthcare industry and the medical assistant profession. Emphasizes patient relations as well as efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn how to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed. Students will also learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, and demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on professional attitudes and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, CLIA Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Basic principles of pharmacology and human pathophysiology are combined to further the understanding of medication administration, as well as the therapeutic and non-therapeutic effects of various medication classifications. This course covers the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug preparation, and dose calculation as well as the various routes of drug administration. Also covered are the etiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and treatment of the common pathologies.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1120

 


6 Credit Hours

This course requires the student to integrate the knowledge, skills, and techniques learned throughout the Medical Assistant program. The practicum component provides students with 165 hours of hands-on work experience in a supervised ambulatory healthcare environment. The on-campus component elicits reflection on the application of principles and practices learned throughout the entire Medical Assistant program. This course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for industry-specific certifications examinations such as the Certified Medical Assistant – CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA, and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HEA2200, SCI1120, and departmental permission

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Study of the structure and function of the human body. Students are introduced to the various body systems, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy, as well as microbiology.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 






30 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, additional vaccinations such as a tetanus shot administered within the past 10 years and the Hepatitis B vaccination are recommended for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

The minimum passing grade required for Medical (MED) courses is a C. Any grade below a C is a failing grade. In order to pass a MED course that consists of both didactic and clinical/laboratory portions, students must receive at least a C for the didactic portion of the course and a P for the clinical/laboratory portion. A failure in either the didactic or clinical/laboratory portion of a MED course will result in a failing grade for the entire course. Therefore, only a MED course in which students receive at least a C will satisfy the course requirements for the Medical Assistant program.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all MED courses with a minimum grade of C, as well as participate in a national credential examination accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) such as the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT), or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA). The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) guidelines require students to meet certain criteria in order to participate in the CMA (AAMA) exam. A full explanation of these guidelines can be found on the AAMA website (http://www.aama-ntl.org/cma-aama-exam/application-steps/eligibility). Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Medical Assistants.

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $670.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/medical_assistant_certificate_statistics_sem.htm.

Any required traditional textbooks and/or some required supplies are included as part of the charge for tuition and fees and will be distributed to students. Please note, however, that students have the right to obtain traditional textbooks, and/or certain required items, from other sources. Students who demonstrate that they have obtained required item(s) from another source may return the items distributed by the College and receive a refund of the amount charged by the College for the specific item.

 




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