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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-509-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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Careers

  • Administrative Staff
  • Electrocardiogram Technician
  • Dermatology Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Clerk
  • Phlebotomist

Continuing Education

Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.

 
​Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.
 

Description

If you enjoy working with people, are detail oriented, have good communication skills, and seek a career in the health care field, the Medical Assistant Program could be a good match for you.

Medical assistants help physicians by providing patient care, obtaining vital signs, and assisting with examinations and minor office surgery. Medical assistants also administer injectable medications and perform basic diagnostic testing (e.g. EKGs). They instruct patients about tests, procedures, and treatments. Besides patient care skills, medical assistants also perform administrative and laboratory functions.

  • Schedule appointments
  • Maintain paper and electronic medical records
  • Perform bookkeeping
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Perform medical correspondence
  • Collect specimens
  • Prepare lab specimens
  • Perform basic laboratory tests

As a graduate of the program, you are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistant national certification exam. Upon successful completion of this test, you can use the title Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, phone 727-210-2350.

There is a strong demand for people who are trained for clinical and administrative duties. This could be an excellent career area for you!

Courses
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Minimum Program Credits Required - 33
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or lneibauer@cvtc.edu.
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through CertifiedBackground.com. A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Biology

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)

Books

The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit www.efollet.com

$1,030

Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.

$5,689