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Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant Program is a one-year certificate that prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics.

Their administrative responsibilities may include front office reception, billing, bookkeeping, basic correspondence, and scheduling of appointments. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, and assisting the physician during the examination and treatment of patients.

It is the goal of Carl Sandburg College Medical Assistant Program to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Working Conditions

Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and office personnel. Although most medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week, they may be assigned evenings or weekends dependent upon their place of employment. The medical assistant provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function).

If you are considering this field, you should be able to accurately record and keep track of information, maintain confidentiality, deal calmly and professionally with patients, follow medical charts and understand diagnoses, and work with electronic health records. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Medical Assistant to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Employment

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 24% over the next ten years, much faster then the average for all healthcare professions. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Accreditation/Approval

Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Admission to the Program

Students interested in this program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Program Advisor prior to registering for the program. New Medical Assistant program students must attend the required program orientation session.

Students will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Medical Assistant Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

 

College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center

Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Medical Assistant - Curriculum

Medical Assistant - Curriculum

 

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Medical Assistant curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Program Requirements - Medical Assistant

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students interested in this program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Program Advisor prior to registering for the program. 
  • New Medical Assistant program students must attend the required program orientation session.
  • Please note Essential Skills & Abilities tab for more information regarding required skills and abilities to be successful in this Program.
  • Provide high school transcript with completion of Freshman English with a grade of C or higher or College placement exam with a score of 41 or higher or ENG 095 with a grade of  “C” or higher.
All students interested in the Medical Assistant program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Medical Assistant Program Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-2 prior to making an appointment with a Medical Assistant Program Advisor.
  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Schedule an appointment and meet with the Medical Assistant Program Advisor prior to registering.

Program Requirements

Carl Sandburg College does not discriminate in its educational programs against a person because race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service.

ORIENTATION

There is a required orientation for the Medical Assisting Program.  This required orientation will be held approximately two to four weeks prior to the start of the course. The student will be notified of the orientation date and time when registering for the Program.

BACKGROUND CHECK

In accordance with the Health Care Worker Background Check all students applying for the Medical Assistant program must complete a LiveScan criminal background check prior to the start of the course/program by a designated agent and at a designated time as determined by the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Arrangements will be made by the College of Nursing and Health Professions personnel to have the LiveScan fingerprinting completed.

 All students will be notified in writing at least two weeks prior to the date for the LiveScan to be completed.

Students who do not complete the Background check in the designated time will be dropped from the Program for noncompliance of requirements.

TB TEST (MANTOUX)

All students are required to have a 2-step TB (Mantoux) test prior to the start of class.  Please allow time for both steps, as there must be a 7-14 day waiting period between tests.  Please turn this form into the College of nursing in person or by mailing it to the address given in the letter you will receive prior to the start of the course or you will not be able to enter the course/program due to noncompliance with requirements for entry.

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR

All students are required to demonstrate completion of CPR at the Health Care Provider Level.  A CPR class will be scheduled during the semester.  This is mandatory, and the student will be dropped for noncompliance of requirements if the student does not submit a Health Care Provider CPR card that does not expire until after the completion of the Medical Assistant Program.

Students will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. 

 

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Medical Assistant curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent