Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and necessitates mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills. This requires both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

The Medical Assistant Program at Iowa Central Community College prepares the student with theory and entry-level competence in the performance of administrative and clinical duties. The diploma program is conducted over a period of eleven months and includes two semesters of theory and lab followed by an eight-week summer practicum. The program begins in the fall and concludes in the summer. Students must earn a passing grade (as outlined in individual course syllabi) in all Medical Assistant Curriculum courses and meet the prerequisites to progress in the program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate is eligible to make application to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. After completion of the diploma program, students may opt to continue their education to obtain an A.A.S. degree in Medical Assisting, completing an addition 13 credit hours of required coursework and 6 credit hours of elective coursework.

Course Schedule

Medical Assistant Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAP-542 The Human Body in Health & Disease I**
3.0
MAP-322 Examination Room Techniques I
3.5
MAP-221 Medical Laboratory Procedures I
1.5
MAP-115 Medical Office Management I
6.0
HSC-113 Medical Terminology**
2.0
MAP-401 Medical Law and Ethics
1.0
MAP-127 Medical Office Computer Applications
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAP-555 The Human Body in Health & Disease II**
5.0
MAP-324 Examination Room Techniques II
4.5
MAP-226 Medical Laboratory Procedures II
1.5
MAP-118 Medical Office Management II
4.0
MAP-130 Medical Transcription
1.0
MAP-435 Interpersonal Relations in Healthcare**
2.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAP-614 Practicum
3.5
ENG-105 Composition I**
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.5
 
Medical Assistant Diploma Total Hours: 42.5

*Advanced standing option is available for HSC 113. See Dean of Health Science or Program Coordinator for more information.

**The Medical Assistant Diploma Program may be completed over two years with an individual curriculum plan as determined by the student and Program Coordinator. Identified courses may first be taken during the students final two semesters of the program.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name
Medical Assistant
Program Length
11 months
Cost of Entire Program
$8,701.00
   Total Tuition & Fees Required
$6,351.00
   Books & Supplies 
$1,350.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus
$5,075.00
   Additional Cost
$245.00
Debt at Program Completion
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt
$2,163.50
   Median Private Loan Debt
$
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt
 N/A 
Completion Rate
75%
Job Placement Rate
52%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter.
Medical assistants (31-9092.00)
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
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The job placement rate listed above reflects the program coordinator's knowledge of placement. Official graduate statistics are not collected until December.

Medical Assistant A.A.S. Option

After completion of the diploma program, students may opt to continue their education to obtain an A.A.S. degree in Medical Assisting, completing an additional 13 credit hours of required coursework below and 6 credit hours of elective coursework (listed below).

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab
4.0

Elective courses that will be accepted include courses with EMS, PNN, ADN, DHY, MLT, RAD, or MTR prefixes, any course listed on the ICCC AA sheet, or any other course that receives prior approval from the Program Coordinator.

Faculty & Staff

Trina Staton Dean 515-574-1312 staton@iowacentral.edu
Emily Holtapp Associate 515-574-1309 holtapp@iowacentral.edu
Kelly Kruger Program Coordinator 515-574-1308 kruger_k@iowacentral.edu
Kate Stuart Instructor 515-574-1333 stuart_k@iowacentral.edu
Deb Hart Instructor 515-574-1332 hart@iowacentral.edu
Angela Spangler Instructor 515-574-1332 spangler@iowacentral.edu