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Medical Assisting, Certificate


Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admissions

Award: Certificate (code CRT.MDA.MDA)

Total Credit Hours: 31 credit hours.

Learn more about the Medical Assisting Certificate program

Purpose: Prepares students for employment in physicians’ offices, hospital administrative offices, clinics, medical departments of industry and government and wherever basic office and clinical skills are required. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification examinations given by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant, the American Medical Technologists to earn a Registered Medical Assistant Certification, and the National Health Care Association for Certified Medical Assistants and/or Medical Administrative Assistants. Persons who already are employed in this field may enroll in this program for career development.

Anne Arundel Community College’s Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Range of Occupations

  • Administrative medical assistant
  • Medical assistant to physician

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

 

Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.

 

Entrance/Admission Requirements


Entrance Requirements


  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession, admission and academic requirements will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a program application.
  3. Students will be admitted to the program as the number of seats permits. Completed applications received by the deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Seats are given to those students meeting academic and admission requirements.
  4. High school graduate or equivalency. Official transcripts required.
  5. 18 years of age or older.
  6. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  7. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better.
  8. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  9. Foreign educated students whose native language is not English must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112 , ENG 115 /ENG 116 , or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of “C” or better prior to applying to the program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  10. Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
  11. Submission of a completed health examination record.
  12. Submission of a current American Heart Association CPR for health care providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Medical Assisting course sequence each fall as the number of students permit. Applications received by the deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website after Dec 1 for fall. To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the medical assisting course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the medical assisting department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.

CPR

Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening


This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements


Degree Requirements


All medical assisting program students must receive a minimum grade of C in each medical assisting course. Students who receive a final grade below C in any medical assisting course will be awarded a grade of F in that course.

Graduation Requirements


Students apply to the Records and Registration office for the certificate after they complete the program requirements.

Certificate Requirements: 31 credits


Prerequisites: 4 credits


Total credit hours: 10


Total credit hours: 13


Summer Term


  • 1 credit hour
  • 3 credit hours
  • Practicum (MDA 275 ) internship requires 160 hours of unpaid supervised work experience in a physician’s office or wherever medical office administration with clinical skills is required. Eligibility: Completion of all courses required for the MDA certificate with a minimum of 2.0 GPA; meeting the technical standards of the Medical Assisting department.

Total credit hours: 4


Related Educational Opportunities


Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings


Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.