Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma
31-509-1

The Medical Assistant is a link between health care providers and their patients, their professional associates, and the suppliers of equipment and medications. The Medical Assistant is the team member who assists the qualified provider in the office or other medical setting, performing administrative and/or clinical duties. Demand for the Medical assistant may also occur in business or industrial health centers, health insurance companies and emergency care centers. The Medical Assistant has a wide range of duties supportive to the provider’s practice. Business/administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, obtaining patient information, maintaining medical records, maintaining supplies and equipment, and assuming responsibility for office care, insurance matters, office accounts, fees and collections. Medically related duties include assisting with examinations and treatments, taking health histories, performing certain diagnostic tests, carrying out laboratory procedures and sterilizing instruments and equipment.

Prior to enrolling in the Medical Assistant program (509) courses, students must complete an online criminal background check. There is an additional fee associated with the background check process.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform medical office administrative functions
  • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights
  • Perform medical laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
  • Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting

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Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Introduction to Healthcare Computing 2
509-301 Medical Assistant Admin Procedures 2
509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease 3
509-303 Medical Asst Lab Procedures 1 2
509-304 Medical Asst Clin Procedures 1 4
801-195 Written Communication 3
 Credits19
Semester 2
509-305 Medical Asst Lab Procedures 2 2
509-306 Medical Asst Clin Procedures 2 3
509-307 Med Office Insurance and Finance 2
509-308 Pharm for Allied Health 2
509-309 Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism 2
509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits33

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Medical Assistant Career Path (PDF).