Associate of Science Degree
GCC Medical Assisting graduates work in most of the health care clinics on island!
Medical Assistants assist physicians in private medical offices, clinics and in hospital outpatient clinics with patient care as well as with routine office laboratory and diagnostic tests. It is mandatory for students declared in the associate degree program in medical assisting to be declared in the certificate program. Because of new requirements under the AAMA, only the Certificate Program is eligible for accreditation and only graduates from the Certificate program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam. Medical Assistants who successfully complete the Certification Examination are granted the “Certified Medical Assistant” (CMA) credential. Therefore, all students declared in the AS in Medical Assisting will automatically be declared into the Certificate in Medical Assisting program.
GCC’s Medical Assisting curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative and clinical settings. Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures (including appointment scheduling, billing, and insurance), assisting with examinations, surgical and laboratory procedures, including venipuncture and pharmacology. With the exception of enrollment in MS 101 Intro to Medical Assisting, enrollment in any Medical Assisting technical requirement course requires:
Placement into EN 110 or successful passing of EN 100R/EN 100W, and
Health clearance (physical immunization - PPD, Hep B, 1, 2, 3).
Note: Only the technical required courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Associate degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to continue in the program.
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Medical Assistants work in health care clinics, performing administrative and clinical tasks to support the work of medical doctors and other health professionals. They perform routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients' vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording information in medical records-keeping systems, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing. Graduates of GCC's fully-accredited Medical Assisting program work in clinics around the island and in the region.
The GCC Advantage
GCC's Medical Assisting Program has been accredited since 2003 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Our Medical Assisting faculty work closely with island doctors and clinics to teach students the most up-to-date administrative and clinical techniques.
All students who declare a major are
assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your
advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course
sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AS in Medical Assisting program, students will be able to:
- Display professionalism, including adherence to ethical and legal responsibilities, in performing administrative and clinical duties.
- Meet National Standards for Medical Assistants in carrying out administrative duties in the clinic or physician’s office.
- Enter the health service field as certified medical assistants.
The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare students for employment as medical assistants in physician’s offices or clinics and to provide students opportunities to further their career in the medical assisting field.
Location: 2nd Floor, Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Center (Bldg. 3000)
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.