River Valley Medical Assistants take the World by Storm...
This program of study is designed for a full-time student who completes all requirements within 3 semesters. This plan will vary for any student who has transfer credits, or who plans on completing the program over a period greater than 3 semesters. Please consult with your program director for additional information.
|ALHT166R||Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care||3||0||3|
|PSYC101R||Introduction to Psychology||3||0||3|
|BCPT101R||Introduction to Computer Applications||2||3||3|
|ALHT101R||Communications for the Allied Health Professional||3||0||3|
|ALHT121R||Medical Office Practice I#||2||3||3|
|ALHT130R||Clinical Procedures I#||3||3||4|
|ALHT126R||**Introduction to Laboratory Procedures#||2||3||3|
|ALHT124R||Medical Office Practice II#||2||3||3|
|ALHT135R||Clinical Procedures II#||3||0||3|
|ALHT192R||MA Senior Seminar#||0||0||1|
Co/prerequisites Required. See Course Descriptions.
Program of Study is subject to change.
*Matriculation in MLT program, PHBC110R, or MA program iwht ALHT130R, ALHT135R or POI
**Students who have completed PHBC110R or a certified Phlebotomy course or sufficient experience as a Phlebotomist and have the permission of the instructor and their program director may take Introduction to Lab Procedures (Bridge - ALHT127R) course in lieu of Introduction to Laboratory Procedures - ALHT126R. Speak to your Program Director directly for advising.
For more information about this program, please contact Lisa Gould at email@example.com or 603-542-7744 x5428.
What is a Medical Assistant? Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.
CMA (AAMA) Certification ‑ Many employers of allied health personnel prefer, or even insist, that their medical assistants are CMA (AAMA) certified.
What is a CMA (AAMA)? The CMA (AAMA) credential designates a medical assistant who has achieved certification through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) is becoming the allied health professional of choice for ambulatory health care delivery settings.
CMA (AAMA) Education - The CMA (AAMA) is the only medical assisting certification that requires graduation from a postsecondary medical assisting program. The RVCC Medical Assisting program is CAAHEP accredited. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. After completing the program, RVCC students are immediately eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) National Exam.
In Demand ‑ Employment of medical assistants is projected to increase 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than average for all occupations (7 percent).
You can see this data and more concerning the job outlook for medical assistants on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
Job Responsibilities ‑ Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties. Overview of duties (these may vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law):
Patient Liaison ‑ Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the medical office and often explain the provider’s instructions.
PCMH Team Member ‑ Medical assistants are essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the PCMH team.
Applicants must submit a Request for a Waiver- forms are available on line. http://www.aama-ntl.org/
The MA Practicum is an unpaid, supervised on-site work experience consisting of a 160 hour clinical rotation in an ambulatory healthcare setting, performing psychomotor and affective competencies. Transportation to the site is the student’s responsibility.
Medical Assistant students may choose a dual enrollment in the Medical Administrative Assistant Program. The MA curriculum may also be applied towards earning an Associate in Science Degree.
In the 2015 Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting, Standard V.A.4 states the following:
The Sponsor must maintain, and make available to the public, current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in these Standards.
For the Fall of 2018, the Medical Assisting Program at RVCC reports graduates of the past 5 years averaged a retention rate of 90%, a job placement rate average of 93.3% and a passing rate of 83% for the CMA (AAMA) Certification exam.