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 (American Association of Medical Assistants)
- Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (American Medical Technologists)
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (National Healthcareer Association)
- Certified Electrocardiography - CET (National Healthcareer Association)
- Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (National Healthcareer Association)
- Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (American Heart Association)
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
- 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
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.
As reported on the 2017 Annual Report for the MAERB, Berkeley College’s credentialing exam pass rate over the last four years (2013-2016) is 89 percent, which far exceeds the 60 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB.
Graduates of Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant program are satisfied with the level of education they received, as the 2017 ARF indicated a 98.72 percent graduate survey satisfaction rate over the last five years (2012 – 2016). This rate far exceeds the 80 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB.
During this same time, the weighted average of employer satisfaction with graduates of Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant program is 96.43 percent, which also exceeds the 80 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB.