Program Entry: Fall
Medical assistants are allied health professionals who perform administrative and clinical functions that support the services of physicians and other health practitioners in a medical office setting. Duties vary depending on the practice and scope of practice in the state. Clinical duties can include collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, sterilizing medical equipment, doing blood draws, taking electrocardiograms and preparing patients for x-rays. Administrative functions include patient scheduling, patient registration, performing billing services and purchasing and maintaining supplies. Medical assistants, if directed by a physician and state law, might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills and telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy.
The goal of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national credentialing exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).
In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, program applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Reading 70 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 80 or Elementary Algebra 44) on a basic skills assessment for placement in reading and math.
The College has contracted the services of Certified Background to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:
In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.
Note: Background checks will be evaluated per the NICC program compliance policy and by the Iowa Department of Human Services, if applicable. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.
Students must be aware of the physical demands during the practicum course. Daily activities require bending, stooping, reaching, squatting, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks can include repetitive actions, such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable disease and chemical/bio hazardous material and odors. You may be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage.
Classes are scheduled two or three days a week at the campus and include lab hours. Clinical experience is scheduled in a physician setting after completion of required prerequisite course work.
|ADM:105||Intro to Keyboarding||1.0|
|BIO:158||Basic Anatomy and Physiology||2.0|
|BIO:160||Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab||1.0|
|HIT:320||Health Records Management||2.0|
|HSC:117||Basic Medical Terminology||2.5|
|MAP:111||Medical Office Management I||3.0|
|MAP:353||Clinical Procedures I||4.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|HIT:210||Basic Medical Insurance and Coding||2.0|
|MAP:358||Clinical Procedures II||5.0|
|MAP:501||Math for Medications||1.0|
|MAP:513||Medical Assisting Pharmacology||3.0|
|MAP:532||Human Body: Health and Disease||3.0|
|MAP:402||Medical Law and Ethics||2.0|
|MAP:622||Medical Assistant Practicum||6.0|
|MTR:109||Intro to Medical Transcription||2.0|
Note: Students are required to take some courses in an online or hybrid format.
$22,572 - $27,658
Students should be aware that clinic sites can be located anywhere within the NICC service area at both ends of the district. Travel is required and students are responsible for transportation to and from, which could be as far as two hours away. Practicum is held only in the summer semester and is held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Acting Medical Assistant Program Director
800.728.7367, ext. 196