Medical Assistant Certificate in Applied Science
This program prepares students to become versatile health care professionals who work under the supervision of a physician within medical practices. Unique to this profession is the ability to perform both administrative duties (including filing insurance, billing and coding, and patient scheduling) and clinical duties (such as obtaining vital signs and patient histories, assisting with exams and sterile procedures, performing EKGs, pulmonary function tests and other screenings, collecting and processing CLIA-waived laboratory specimens and providing patient education).
Visit https://www.gvltec.edu/medical-assistant/ for published annual program outcomes.
The mission of the GTC Medical Assistant program is to prepare students to successfully function as entry-level medical assistants upon program completion. We strive to instill devotion to professionalism, critical thinking and lifelong learning, while providing our graduates with the skills and knowledge required by medical practices, laboratories and multi-specialty health clinics.
Acceptable placement test score(s); plus high school diploma or GED
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
Day or evening – Students must choose either the day or evening option upon entry into the major.
- The evening program is offered on a part-time basis and will require an additional term to complete. The evening program schedule limits students to two MED courses per term. Please see your advisor for specific details.
- Students are admitted in the fall for day courses and in the spring for evening courses.
Medical practices, hospital-based outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories.
Recommended: Certified Medical Assistant – CMA (AAMA) (subject to passing national certification exam) Other professional medical assistant credentials are available to graduates.
The Medical Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by:
the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. (http://www.maerb.com/)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/medical-assistant/.
The program has specific admission requirements that are listed below.
- Must meet college admission requirements
- Must complete the online Medical Assistant Career Talk within two years prior to applying for program admission
- Must complete all prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better and a technical GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for admission into the program
- Must submit a weighted admission form by the appropriate due date.
Students accepted into the Medical Assistant Program are required to
- Pay a non-refundable $100 deposit fee to secure seat in the program.
- Complete a criminal background report. An acceptable report is required for mandatory practicum experiences. Students may be subject to more than one background check during the program based on affiliate requirements.
- Attend the mandatory program orientation
During the program, students must successfully maintain
- A negative 10-panel drug screen
- Documentation of current Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR certification
- A current physical exam and all required immunizations.
- Attestation to required program Technical Standards
- A signed statement of understanding regarding policies, procedures and requirements of the program
Students will be required to demonstrate competency in applicable knowledge, behavior and skills throughout the program. Failure to achieve satisfactory exam and assignment scores or demonstrate skills competency will prevent completion of the program.
Program-specific uniforms and student IDs are required to be worn to all MED courses and practicums.
A stethoscope and a functioning watch with a second hand are required for MED 112 Medical Assisting Pharmacology, MED 113 Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques, MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures and MED 156 Clinical Experience I.
Requirements for Completion
- Unpaid practical experience is a component of this major. Students may not be compensated in any form for practical experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the practicum sites. Students must be able to attend all required practicum hours.
- Practicum experience typically requires daytime attendance, from Monday to Friday, for 2-3 weeks in a row. Practicum occurs within the following courses: MED 107 Medical Office Management and MED 156 Clinical Experience I.
- Prior to practicum placement, students are responsible for completing all required training modules and ensuring all practicum-specific requirements and certifications are completed.
- Successful completion of all core cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies is required to pass all MED courses. Competencies must be completed in full prior to practicum placement.
- A minimum grade of “C” is required to successfully pass MED courses.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a daytime schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for recommended evening schedules.
|Prior to entry into the Medical Assistant courses, students must complete the following prerequisites with a technical GPA of 2.5 or higher and a grade of “C” or better in all individual courses:|
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3|
|BIO 112||Basic Anatomy & Physiology 1||4|
|CPT 170||Microcomputer Applications||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition I* 1||3|
|Recommended Day Program Schedule|
|MED 102||Introduction to the Medical Assisting Profession||2|
|MED 104||Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures||4|
|MED 107||Medical Office Management||4|
|MED 112||Medical Assisting Pharmacology||2|
|MED 113||Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques||3|
|MED 114||Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures||4|
|MED 156||Clinical Experience I||6|
|Total Required Credit Hours||38|
General education course