Medical Assisting, Associate in Science

The Medical Assistant is a respected, multi-skilled health professional who performs diverse duties in medical offices, clinics and health centers. The varied skills offered by the program provide the opportunity to work either in the front medical office or in a hands-on clinical environment.

The goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program develops the student's knowledge base and skills by providing a theoretical foundation and by developing the student's ability to perform clinical as well as office and administrative procedures. Courses combine lectures, laboratory sessions, simulations, and assignments to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective members of the healthcare team. Hands-on practice, along with clinical and work experience is gained during a supervised internship component. All courses are offered on-ground. Select courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.

Students are simultaneously enrolled in the Certificate and Associate Degree programs. Students complete the certificate first and are awarded a Certificate in Medical Assisting. Students then continue in the Associate Degree program. Graduates of the Collegiate Certificate program are prepared and encouraged to sit immediately upon graduation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Science or Associate in Science in Medical Assisting can apply the majority of their credits towards that degree. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the Medical Assisting program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Complete the Medical Assisting program application.
  3. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of a “C” or better:
    1. HSC 105 – Medical Terminology
    2. BIO 101 – Concepts in Human Biology
  4. Interview with the Program Director and/or Practicum Coordinator before admission.

Accepted Students

Medical Assisting students will be required to provide documentation of a Physical Exam (within 2 years) and immunizations prior to starting the program. Student immunizations must remain current throughout the program. Immunization requirements include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination or titer
  • Influenza vaccination (within 1 year)
  • MMR vaccination or titer
  • Varicella vaccination or titer
  • Tetanus vaccination (within 7 years)
  • Two-step PPD (within 1 year)

Students will be asked to provide confirmation of the following prior to internship:

  • Proof of current CPR certification - Students must obtain CPR certification by the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers/BLS and First Aid
  • Proof of Liability Insurance - Students must obtain their own professional liability insurance before beginning internship
  • Receipt of confidentiality statement
  • Proof of completion of the Health and Safety test from Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA)
  • All Medical Assisting students must successfully pass a background check and drug test prior to the start of their internship. Forms are provided by program personnel.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize medical terminology appropriately;
  2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as the related disease processes;
  3. Describe legal and regulatory frameworks of healthcare as they relate to the Medical Assistant;
  4. Demonstrate computer literacy skills;
  5. Effectively engage in written and oral communication as demonstrated through charting and communication with patients and other health professionals;
  6. Prepare patients for examination or procedures, and assist the physician with the examination or procedure;
  7. Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, as well as perform basic laboratory testing;
  8. Perform phlebotomy and other invasive specimen collection techniques; and
  9. Perform electrocardiograms and respiratory testing.
  10. Experience a variety of general education courses that contribute to a greater understanding of opportunities that will lead to future education.

Medical Assisting Program Policies

Policies specific to the Medical Assisting program may be found in the Medical Assisting Student Handbook.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

  1. Complete all major core course requirements with a minimum grade of "C".
  2. Complete HSC 105 and BIO 101 with a minimum grade of "C".

Curriculum

Associate in Medical Assisting

General Education Core - 21 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

BIO 101Concepts in Human Biology

3

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Non-Major Core Requirements - 6 credits

HSC 105Medical Terminology

3

HSC 111Medical Law and Ethics

3

Medical Assisting Major Core - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

MED 115Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding

3

MED 151Medical Assisting: The Medical Office and Patient Care

3

MED 152Medical Assisting: Diagnostic Procedures

3

Sophomore Year

MED 153Medical Assisting: Laboratory Procedures

3

MED 212Pharmacology

3

MED 250Medical Office Management

3

MED 299Medical Assisting Internship

3

Electives - 12 Credits

HSC 1XXElective

3

OPEN Electives

9

Total Credit Hours: 60