STCC Medical Assistant program offers a one-plus-one option. All
students who are accepted into the Medical Assisting department will
enter the Certificate option for the first year. After successful
completion of the certificate requirements students will be eligible
to enter the workforce and/or transfer to the Associate degree program
for one additional year. The Associate level provides the student
with 160 additional hours of supervised, unpaid clinical and administrative
experiences. The additional affiliation time affords the students
the opportunity to further expand and develop their entry-level competencies
and apply theoretical knowledge. Students will be introduced to
the responsibilities and duties of an office manager. In addition, students
will be given the opportunity to explore ambulatory health care specialties
such as pediatrics, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology.
This will assist students to formulate career preferences and prepare
for management positions in ambulatory health care settings. Additional
general education courses will prepare the student to transfer or continue
Springfield Technical Community College's Medical Assistant Certificate
program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (www.caahep.org)
upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board
(MAERB). Information can be obtained from Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL
33756, (727) 210-2350.
Applicants must be able to meet the following technical standards:
possess motor skills, manual dexterity, normal vision/hearing or device
corrected, eye/hand coordination, and skill in the art of oral and written
Deadline for application is April 1, 2013.
The curriculum is designed to teach students to assist in administrative
and clinical procedures in varied health care agencies. Medical Assistant courses
are planned in conjunction with the clinical agencies, and may deviate
from the college hours. Students will be required to participate in all
scheduled laboratory sessions. All students will be required to assume
the role of "patient" as well as that of the "medical assistant."
Students perform such duties as word processing; recordkeeping;
billing; blood, urine and diagnostic tests; and specimen processing.
In addition, students assist the physician in carrying out the techniques
of patient care such as performing electrocardiograms, assisting with
physical examinations, and performing phlebotomy. Graduates
are qualified to accept positions in medical offices, clinics, health
maintenance organizations, insurance companies, hospitals, ambulatory
care centers, or any other area where their broad basic skills are needed.
All applicants must be high-school graduates or hold a graduate equivalency
degree. High school courses in biology and algebra are preferred.
Medical Terminology (MAST-101) is a required course; it is recommended prior to admission.
Students must achieve the following scores on the STCC placement tests;
All accepted students will be required to undergo a Criminal Offender
Record Information check. The outcome of the CORI could impact
a student's ability to continue in the program.
Minimum Grade Requirements: To continue in the progression of
courses offered in the Medical Assistant program, a student must obtain
a grade of "C" (73%) or better in all courses. Students not meeting
the minimum grade requirement of "C" (73%) will be withdrawn from the
Medical Terminology and
Basic Keyboarding are recommended prior to entry into the program.
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the
degree of Associate in Science in Medical Assistant
from STCC will be awarded.