Medical Assistant Program Goals and Objectives
Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate programs prepare students to enter the high-demand field of healthcare and to work in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, 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 goals for completion of the medical assisting program are:
- To prepare students as multi-skilled healthcare practitioners who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices and other healthcare settings
- To prepare students who are professional and proficient in such administrative and clinical tasks as patient communication and clinical skills (EKG, venipuncture, vital signs, physical exam, CPR, etc.)
- To prepare students in infection control procedures and OSHA training
- To prepare students for such administrative routines such as medical record keeping and documentation
- To prepare students to become nationally credentialed healthcare practitioners who will be viewed by doctors as vital partners in providing medical care
The objective of the Medical Assistant program is to train students in the skills and competencies required to perform the clinical and administrative duties of a medical assistant. The program objectives are based on the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domain competencies established by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as outlined in the 2015 Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Educational Programs.