Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices and clinics, performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires 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 includes two semesters of theory and lab followed by a 30 day 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. 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 beyond the diploma requirements.

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-325 Examination Room Techniques II
5.0
MAP-226 Medical Laboratory Procedures II
1.5
MAP-118 Medical Office Management II
4.0
MAP-435 Interpersonal Relations in Healthcare**
2.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAP-610 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. The following courses may be taken during the first year: MAP-542, MAP-555, HSC-113, and ENG-105.

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
$7751
   Total Tuition & Fees Required  $6,351.00
   Books & Supplies   $900.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus  $5,300.00
   Additional Cost (uniforms, background check, physicals, etc)  $300.00
Debt at Program Completion  
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt  $4,325.00
   Median Private Loan Debt  $
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt  $
Completion Rate
96%
Job Placement Rate
64%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter. 31-9092
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
http://www.bls.gov/soc/2010/soc319092.htm
Any other notes you want included
Ex: students who continued with school
1 continued (nursing)

Medical Assistant A.A.S. Option

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 beyond the diploma requirements.

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 those courses listed on the ICCC AA sheet, or other relevant courses that receive, 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