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Medical Assisting

Total Credit Hours: 34

About Medical Assisting

The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare high quality medical assistant students for employment as medical assistants in physicians’ offices or clinics and to provide students opportunities to further their career in the medical assisting field, and promote individual development and improve the overall quality of life in our multicultural community.  Description: The Certificate in Medical Assisting provides students with foundational knowledge and skills to enter the workforce as allied health professionals. Medical Assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices. These multi- skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Once a student from the Guam Community College has successfully completed the Medical Assisting Program, he or she will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT). The Guam Community College is an affiliated partner with the American Medical Technologist (AMT).

Students must successfully complete the following courses in order to be placed in a Medical Assisting Cohort:
  • EN 110 - Freshman Composition (3)    
  • MS 101 - Introduction to Medical Assisting (3)  
  • HL190 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professionals (4)  

Other Prerequisites:
  • Health clearance to include physical and immunizations- PPD, with the addition of a Hepatitis B vaccine or declination form. 
  • Police and court clearance will be required prior to starting MS145.

The student will be required to attain a minimum score of 70% on the rating sheets or other assessment tools, and have received a minimum grade of “C” on all technical courses. The criteria for program success shall be demonstrated by at least a 70% retention rate, 70% placement rate, and 70% pass rate on credentialing examinations as determined by using the ABHES required method of calculation.

Major Requirements
Course Course Name Credits
English (Choose 1)
EN110 Freshman Composition 3
EN110A Freshman Composition with Instructional Lab 4
Course Course Name Credits
HL120 Medical Terminology 2
HL131 Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers 1
HL190 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professionals 4
MS 125 Clinical Medical Assisting: Clinical 1
MS101 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MS120 Clinical Medical Assisting 2
MS121 Clinical Medical Assistant: Laboratory 2
MS140 Administrative Medical Assisting: Theory 2
MS141 Administrative Medical Assisting: Laboratory 2
MS145 Administrative Medical Assisting Clinical 1
MS160 Introduction to Pharmacology 1
MS161 Administration of Medications: Laboratory 1
MS180 Introduction to Clinical: Laboratory 2
MS210 Medical Assisting Critique 1
MS292 Medical Assisting Practicum 5
Program Total 34-35

2020-2021 College Catalog

General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent). 

Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.

A. General Education Requirements
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:

  • Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
  • Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses and
  • Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
  • Satisfactory completion of MA098 course
*Students in the Certificate of Construction Technology program can successfully complete their math requirements with MA094 Mathematics for the Trades in lieu of MA098 Intermediate Algebra.

B. Major Requirements. Total Major Requirements vary by program. Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate is 30 credits.

* No course may be counted for both Major and General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing or equivalent, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.

2020-2021 College Catalog

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Medical Assisting program, students will be able to:
  1. Assist the provider with clinical procedures.                
  2. Navigate electronic health records systems and practice management software.                       
  3. Evaluate legal and ethical principles that affect the role of a medical assistant.  

MS160 Introduction to Pharmacology

This course provides the students with the principles of pharmacology that includes identification and classifications of medications including the indications for use, desired effects, side effects, and adverse reactions. This course also includes interpretation of abbreviations and symbols, familiarization of local and federal standards and legislation as they relate to medications and their administration. The usage of appropriate references for obtaining drug information, and the demonstration of pharmacology related mathematics to include measurement conversions, and proper dosage calculations will also be key course content.

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HL131 Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency such as rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This course is a related technical requirement for the Certificate and Associate of Science in Medical Assisting.

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MS120 Clinical Medical Assisting

This course will provide basic ambulatory care concepts and principles necessary for the performance of back office duties. Students are provided with the knowledge of routine patient care and diagnostic procedures used to assess the health status of patients including vision testing, hearing testing, electrocardiography, and the knowledge to prepare the back office, equipment and supplies necessary to facilitate patient flow through the clinic and/or physician’s office.

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Associate of Science in Office Technology

Upon completion, the student will be able to perform as an office manager completing a variety of office processes, maintenance, and management, including oral and written communication; formatting simple to complex business correspondence; formatting reports; tables and administrative documents; filing; operating computers and business machines; using computer software application programs; distributing mail; answering the telephone; and providing good customer service.

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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Medical Assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. Physicians value this unique versatility more and more, as managed care necessitates the need to contain costs and manage human resources efficiently. Medical Assistants are trained allied health professionals who work primarily in physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, but also in hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

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Certificate in Emergency Management

Emergency Management graduates will be able to apply basic emergency management skills in the event of natural and manmade disasters. Graduates will be able to implement the four major areas of emergency management, namely, mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. The Emergency Management program utilizes the Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study (IS) courses to prepare graduates to apply leadership skills, to communicate effectively, to solve problems, to plan, to work as a team, to operate within the legal system and governmental framework for emergency management, to analyze risks and hazards, and to manage resources efficiently.

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