Certified Medical Assistant

Curriculum CMA.CMA.CERT (C318A)

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals trained to perform a variety of administrative and clinical functions supporting diagnostic, treatment, and related health care services as part of the American health care industry. Medical Assistants typically operate under the supervision of licensed physicians or other similarly qualified independent health practitioners and therapists.

The Certified Medical Assistant Program offers a 34 credit course of study that prepares graduates to serve as medical assistants in organizations that typically employ them. Such organizations may include physician offices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, clinical laboratories, paramedical examiner agencies, health insurance agencies, government and public health agencies, educational institutions, research institutions, and related medical diagnostic, treatment, and therapeutic facilities.

Common administrative duties include clerical tasks, written correspondence, document and information processing, medical reception, appointment scheduling, medical records management, billing and collections, insurance claims processing, practice finances, facilities maintenance, medical practice management, and the like. Common clinical duties include medical documentation; eliciting medical histories; infection control; measuring vital signs, health indicators, and physical dimensions; preparing for and assisting with physical examinations, diagnostic procedures, as well as treatment and therapeutic regimens; administering medications; collecting, processing, and analyzing patient specimens.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has consistently indicated that the employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the average number of job openings through 2022 is projected to be 706/year in Illinois and 232/year in the Chicago area (Cook County). The median full-time compensation for Medical Assistants in the Chicago area is approximately $15/hour or $30,000/year.

Last Update Effective: 1/15/16

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

AHL 102

Ethics & Law for Allied Health Professionals

1

 

AHL 103

Basic Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals

1

 

AHL 107

Intravenous Venipuncture

1

 

AHL 120

Comprehensive Medical Terminology

3

#

BIS 190

Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health Majors

4

#

CMA 101

Introduction to Medical Assisting

2

#

CMA 102

Medical Assistant Administrative Applications I

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Two

 

AHL 108

Electrocardiography

1

 

AHL 110

Medical Coding and Office Procedures

2

#

CMA 103

Medical Assistant Administrative Applications II

3

#

CMA 110

Medical Assistant Clinical Applications I

3

#

CMA 130

Medical Assistant Clinical Applications II

3

#

CMA 180

Medical Assistant Laboratory Applications

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Three

#

CMA 200

Medical Assistant Practicum

1

#

CMA 250

Certified Medical Assistant Seminar

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

Total credits required

34

Note: All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and must not be more than five years old.

See CMA course descriptions.

Coordinator: John Cody, Ext. 3656; Email: johncody@triton.edu

Gainful Employment

The information provided in the link below is available to assist students in making informed choices about their education and career.

http://www.triton.edu/GE_Certificates/MedicalAssistingCertificate.html

For more information about Gainful Employment, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office, located in the Student Center Building, Room B-216W, or send an Email to: finaid@triton.edu.