Medical Assistant

  1. Overview
  2. A.A.S., Medical Assistant
  3. Medical Assistant Certificate
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 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, 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 objectives of the Medical Assistant 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 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 Associate in Applied Science degree program is an extension of the career-track certificate program. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree program are also issued a diploma in Medical Assisting.

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 and coding
  • Medical law and ethics

Students benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and practice of clinical care
  • Hands-on learning using modern equipment in simulated healthcare environments
  • Instruction in the use of relevant medical devices and software
  • Valuable, practical experience through a program-related, faculty-monitored internship
  • Eligibility to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT), or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant -CCMA (NHA) examinations

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. In the State of New Jersey, Medical Assistants who hold the CMA (AAMA) credential are permitted to administer injections.

A.A.S. Medical Assistant Photograph

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

This program is offered at the Clifton and Dover locations. This program will be offered at the Newark and Woodbridge locations beginning in summer 2014.

 

 


A.A.S., Medical Assistant 2014 Course Requirements

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

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

1 Credit Hour

Students learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with OSHA Standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, as well as to demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Students must obtain BLS for Healthcare provider certification through the American Heart Association.

 

3 Credit Hours

Introduction into the healthcare industry and the Medical Assistant profession. Emphasizes efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. An emphasis on professionalism and patient relations also is addressed.

 

2 Credit Hours

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn lead placement and perform EKGs on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

2 Credit Hours

Students learn the proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques of obtaining human blood specimens in accordance with OSHA Standards. Basic blood chemistry tests, including glucose, are performed and results are properly recorded. Students also become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the blood body system and cover topics such as blood formation, testing and grouping, and individual blood type identification.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI224

 

2 Credit Hours

Covers basic laboratory techniques and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), including specimen collection, preservation, and analysis and reporting of all specimen results.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

3 Credit Hours

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting, including patient relations, proper laboratory procedures and safety, medical asepsis, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Review anatomy and physiology of the eye and ear and gastrointestinal systems, and focus on tests and diagnostic procedures of these systems. Students are introduced to OSHA standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

3 Credit Hours

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, proper laboratory procedures and safety, specifics of the gynecological patient, the pediatric patient, growth and development, urology and male health. Responsibilities include assisting with examinations, treatments, and procedures of the orthopedic patient, and performing diagnostic procedures, imaging, patient teaching, and preparation for tests. OSHA standards are reinforced.

Prerequisites: MED230, MED240
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MED232

 

1 Credit Hour

Through practical applications, students develop the skills necessary to maintain medical asepsis, recognize surgical instrumentation, and conduct proper autoclaving and disinfecting. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

3 Credit Hours

Students study the different drug categories and the methods of administration, including oral and by injection. Includes the proper use of the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and call in written prescriptions.

 

4 Credit Hours

Designed to elicit reflection and application to the whole of the Medical Assistant Program. The course requires the student to apply the knowledge, skills and techniques attained throughout the Medical Assistant Program. The Capstone course provides an opportunity for the assessment of the medical assistant critical thinking skills, and teamwork skills through case studies reflecting experiences often encountered in the Medical Assistant’s workplace. Finally, the Capstone course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to sit for industry specific certifications examinations such as the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental approval
Corequisite: MED293

 

6 Credit Hours

Work-experience program in a supervised healthcare environment which provides students with hands-on experience. On-campus seminars focus on integrating the skills learned throughout the program with the work experience.

Prerequisite: BUS226 and departmental approval

 

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 

4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 

3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the development of medical nomenclature and classification systems. Topics include coding of diseases and procedures, an overview of coding systems, and basic coding rules and conventions.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 



BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 

4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 



LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 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.

 

4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 

4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 

4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 

4 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.

 

4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 

4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours

48

Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 

Humanities Elective

4



90 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

In addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, a tetanus shot administered within the past ten years is also recommended for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program. Hepatitis B vaccination and a tetanus shot are also recommended for part-time students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

To qualify for graduation, students must participate in a national credential examination which is 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).

 


Medical Assistant Certificate photograph

Medical Assistant

This program is offered at the Clifton and Dover locations. This program will be offered at the Newark and Woodbridge locations beginning in summer 2014.

 

 


Medical Assistant Certificate 2014 Course Requirements

Medical Assistant
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

1 Credit Hour

Students learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with OSHA Standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, as well as to demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Students must obtain BLS for Healthcare provider certification through the American Heart Association.

 

3 Credit Hours

Introduction into the healthcare industry and the Medical Assistant profession. Emphasizes efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. An emphasis on professionalism and patient relations also is addressed.

 

2 Credit Hours

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn lead placement and perform EKGs on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

2 Credit Hours

Students learn the proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques of obtaining human blood specimens in accordance with OSHA Standards. Basic blood chemistry tests, including glucose, are performed and results are properly recorded. Students also become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the blood body system and cover topics such as blood formation, testing and grouping, and individual blood type identification.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI224

 

2 Credit Hours

Covers basic laboratory techniques and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), including specimen collection, preservation, and analysis and reporting of all specimen results.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

3 Credit Hours

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting, including patient relations, proper laboratory procedures and safety, medical asepsis, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Review anatomy and physiology of the eye and ear and gastrointestinal systems, and focus on tests and diagnostic procedures of these systems. Students are introduced to OSHA standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

1 Credit Hour

Through practical applications, students develop the skills necessary to maintain medical asepsis, recognize surgical instrumentation, and conduct proper autoclaving and disinfecting. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 

3 Credit Hours

Students study the different drug categories and the methods of administration, including oral and by injection. Includes the proper use of the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and call in written prescriptions.

 

4 Credit Hours

Designed to elicit reflection and application to the whole of the Medical Assistant Program. The course requires the student to apply the knowledge, skills and techniques attained throughout the Medical Assistant Program. The Capstone course provides an opportunity for the assessment of the medical assistant critical thinking skills, and teamwork skills through case studies reflecting experiences often encountered in the Medical Assistant’s workplace. Finally, the Capstone course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to sit for industry specific certifications examinations such as the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental approval
Corequisite: MED293

 

6 Credit Hours

Work-experience program in a supervised healthcare environment which provides students with hands-on experience. On-campus seminars focus on integrating the skills learned throughout the program with the work experience.

Prerequisite: BUS226 and departmental approval

 



HEALTHCARE COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 

3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the development of medical nomenclature and classification systems. Topics include coding of diseases and procedures, an overview of coding systems, and basic coding rules and conventions.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 



BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 

4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 



LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 

4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 

4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours

48

Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 





60 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, a tetanus shot administered within the past ten years is also recommended for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program. Hepatitis B vaccination and a tetanus shot are also recommended for part-time students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

To qualify for graduation, students must participate in a national credential examination which is 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).