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Medical Assistant

Professional-Technical Program

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to work as entry-level healthcare providers in settings such as physician's offices, health care clinics, and hospitals. The role of the medical assistant is to assist the physician and other professionals in managing the care of clients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing duties in the areas of office management, patient care, and collecting and processing laboratory specimens. Medical assistants work under the direct supervision of a physician or other designated professional.

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Successful completion of the Medical Assistant Technical Certificate program will result in eligibility to take the national certification exam for medical assisting.

Students are encouraged to continue their education by completing the Medical Assistant AAS degree.

Contact the Health Professions Office at (208) 676-7132 for further information.

Admission Requirements

1. High school diploma or GED

2. Minimum grade of C or 2.00 must be earned in each of the courses required for the program.

3. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
     a. ALTH 106 (Working In Health Care)
     b. BIOL 175 (Human Biology)
     c. MATH 102 (Computational Skills for Allied Health)

4. Demonstrate an ability to key 35 net words per minute. Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:
     a. Proof of competency from a temporary employment agency or Idaho Department of Labor
     b. Credit by examination in CAOT-112
     c. Successful completion of CAOT-112

5. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance into the medical assistant program. Violations which appear on the criminal background check may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program.