Medical Assistant Technology (AAS-MAT)
We are pleased that you have chosen Coastal Alabama Community College to prepare you for a career as a medical assistant. Our mission is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. The following is information regarding application to the Associate in Applied Science Degree program for the nursing assistant.
Pending Approval to Start Fall Semester 2022
Program Location: Bay Minette, Nursing and Allied Health Division
Length: Five Semesters (A.A.S. Degree)
This is a daytime program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.
- Meet all the general admission requirements of Coastal Alabama.
- Submit original transcripts from all colleges attended, along with high school transcripts, to the registrar’s office by program application deadline.
- Submit a completed Medical Assistant Technology Application by appropriate deadline.
- Complete English Composition I (ENG101), Mathematical Applications (MTH116) or higher level Math such as MTH 100, 110, 112, etc., Principles of Biology (BIO103), Orientation to College if applicable (ORI 101), and Medical Terminology (MAT 101 or OAD 211). Medical Terminology may be taken the first semester of MAT courses if necessary. Must maintain a ‘C’ or higher in all required program courses.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required on prerequisite courses; ENG101, MTH 116 or higher-level Math, BIO 103, ORI 101 if necessary, and either MAT 101 or OAD 211.
- Must be in good standing with the College and hold a cumulative GPA no less than 2.0.
- Must meet Essential Eligibility Criteria as listed in the program application and on the College’s website.
Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Application deadlines and application packets are available on Coastal Alabama’s website. Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, record of immunizations, proof of medical insurance and American Heart CPR. All medical assisting courses and core general education requirements must be passed with a minimum grade of a C in order to progress in the program.
Students are selected based on the following point system:
- Three points awarded for an A, two for a B, one for C in ENG 101, MTH 116 (or higher level Math), BIO 103, and MAT 101 or OAD 211.
- One point awarded for a C or higher in PSY 210, CIS 146, and a Humanities elective.
- Ten points awarded for a cumulative GPA of 4.0-3.1, five points awarded for a GPA of 3.0-2.1, and zero points awarded for a GPA of 2.0 or less.
- Three extra points awarded for a C or higher in a Chemistry, Intermediate College Algebra, Precalculus, Finite Math, Statistics, or a higher-level Math if not already awarded points above.
- Two extra points awarded for an ACT composite score of 17 or higher.
Program information such as costs may be obtained from the College’s website at www.coastalalabama.edu.
This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.
Courses Required for Program Application
ORI 101 may be required for those without prior college coursework. A higher level Math will substitute for MTH 116. Click on the title for more information.
|BIO 103||Principles of Biology I||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|MAT 101||Medical Terminology||3|
|MTH 116 or more advanced +||3|
|MAT 102 or BIO 201 +||3|
|MAT 111||Clinical Procedures I for the Medical Assistant||3|
|MAT 120||Medical Administrative Procedures I||3|
|MAT 125||Laboratory Procedures I for the Medical Assistant||3|
|MAT 103 or BIO 202 +||3|
|MAT 121||Medical Administrative Procedures II||3|
|MAT 215||Laboratory Procedures II for the Medical Assistant||3|
|MAT 239||Phlebotomy Preceptorship||3|
|CIS 146||Microcomputer Applications||3|
|MAT 200||Management of Office Emergencies||2|
|MAT 211||Clinical Procedures II for the Medical Assistant||3|
|MAT 216||Pharmacology for the Medical Office||4|
|MAT 220||Medical Office Insurance||3|
Complete Graduation Application
|MAT 128||Medical Law and Ethics for the Medical Assistant||3|
|MAT 228||Medical Assistant Review Course||1|
|MAT 229||Medical Assisting Practicum||3|
|PSY 210||Human Growth and Development||3|
|Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) +||3|
GRAND TOTAL CREDITS 65
*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.
The following approximates expenses for completion of the nursing assistant program. Keep in mind that these expenses are estimates only and may vary (immunizations, physical, etc.)
|Uniforms and Shoes||$200|
|Drug Screen||$ 35|
|Background Screen||$ 64|
|Immunizations and Physical||Up to $800
(depending on individual needs)
|Tuition (In-state = $162.00/credit hour)||$10,530|
|Books (estimate)||$ 1,500|
|Estimated Total:||$12,500 - $13,375|
Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, record of immunizations, and American Heart Association CPR. Each student must maintain medical insurance. A medical insurance plan through a third party is available, if desired. More information is provided once students are admitted to the program regarding the requirements.
Students must complete all courses in the Medical Assistant Technology curriculum with a C or higher to progress, must maintain a 2.0 GPA, and must complete the curriculum in no more than two attempts. Students may not progress to the next semester until all courses from the previous semester have been successfully completed, with the exception of Medical Terminology. Medical Terminology may be taken with MAT 111, MAT 120, and MAT 125 if not completed prior to the start of that semester. Students must be able to meet the essential eligibility criteria throughout the program, must be accepted by clinical agencies for clinical experiences, and must maintain required health records and CPR.
HIV or HEPATITIS B REPORTING POLICY
Public law #102-141, Section 633, and “The Alabama Infected Health Care Worker Management Act” require HIV or Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers to notify the State Health Officer within 30 days of the time the diagnosis is confirmed. Physicians caring for HIV or Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers are mandated to notify state health officials within 7 days of the diagnosis. All students are required to comply with this law.
ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The Alabama Community College System endorses the Americans' with Disabilities Act. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities.
Physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities are required in unique combinations to provide safe and effective care. The applicant/student must be able to meet the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the program of learning. Admission, progression and graduation are contingent upon one's ability to demonstrate the essential eligibility criteria delineated for the nursing assistant program with or without reasonable accommodations. The nursing assistant program and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential eligibility criteria. The nursing assistant program reserves the right to amend the essential eligibility criteria as deemed necessary.
In order to be admitted and to progress in the nursing assistant program one must possess a functional level of ability to perform the duties required of a nursing assistant. Admission or progression may be denied if a student is unable to demonstrate the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations.
The essential eligibility criteria delineated are those deemed necessary the Alabama Community College System nursing assistant programs. No representation regarding industrial standards is implied. Similarly, any reasonable accommodations made will be determined and applied to the respective nursing assistant program and may vary from reasonable accommodations made by healthcare employers.
The essential eligibility criteria delineated below are necessary for nursing assistant program admission, progression and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. The essential eligibility criteria include but are not limited to the ability to:
- Sensory Perception
- Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment
- Visualize different color spectrums and color changes
- Read fine print in varying levels of light
- Read for prolonged periods of time
- Read cursive writing
- Read at varying distances
- Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment
- Interpret monitoring devices
- Distinguish muffled sounds heard through a stethoscope
- Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment
- Effectively hear to communicate with others
- Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics
- Detect body odors and odors in the environment
- Communication/ Interpersonal Relationships
- Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds
- Work effectively in groups
- Work effectively independently
- Discern and interpret nonverbal communication
- Express one's ideas and feelings clearly
- Communicate with others accurately in a timely manner
- Obtain communications from a computer
- Cognitive/Critical Thinking
- Effectively read, write and comprehend the English language
- Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings
- Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator
- Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives Motor Function
- Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction
- Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry clients without injury to clients, self or others
- Maintain balance from any position
- Stand on both legs
- Coordinate hand/eye movements
- Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others
- Stand, bend, walk and/or sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others
- Walk without a cane, walker or crutches
- Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items
- Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices
- Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely
- Respond rapidly to emergency situations
- Maneuver in small areas
- Perform daily care functions for the client
- Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care
- Calibrate/use equipment
- Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
- Perform CPR and physical assessment
- Operate a computer
- Professional Behavior
- Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others
- Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
- Handle multiple tasks concurrently
- Perform safe, effective care for clients in a caring context
- Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
- Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
- Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline
- Meet qualifications for certification by examination
- Not to pose a threat to self or others
- Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing care to clients
- Adapt to changing environments and situations
- Remain free of chemical dependency
- Report promptly to clinical and remain for assigned hours
- Provide care in an appropriate time frame
- Accepts responsibility, accountability, and ownership of one's actions
- Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
- Examine and modify one's own behavior when it interferes with client care or learning
Upon admission, an individual who discloses a disability can request reasonable accommodations. Individuals will be asked to provide documentation of the disability in order to assist with the provision of appropriate reasonable accommodations. Coastal Alabama Community College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program or provide accommodations that inflict an undue burden on the college. In order to be admitted one must be able to perform all of the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations. If an individual's health changes during the program of learning, so that the essential eligibility criteria cannot be met with or without reasonable accommodations, the student will be withdrawn from the medical assistant program. The medical assistant faculty reserves the right at any time to require an additional medical examination at the student's expense in order to assist with the evaluation of the student's ability to perform the essential eligibility criteria.
Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to: Mr. Lee Barrentine: Lee.Barrentine@coastalalabama.edu
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POINTS FOR ADMITTANCE TO MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNOLOGY
After meeting all minimum admission requirements, applicants are rank ordered using the following point system:
|Core Courses||Credit Hours||Possible Points||Student Grade||Points|
|MTH 116 or higher||3||A = 3, B = 2, C = 1|
|BIO 103||3||A = 3, B = 2, C = 1|
|ENG 101||3||A = 3, B = 2, C = 1|
|MAT 101 or OAD 211||3||A = 3, B = 2, C = 1|
|PSY 210||3||1 point for a C or higher|
|CIS 146||3||1 point for a C or higher|
|Humanities (Select One)
||3||1 point for a C or higher|
|Cumulative GPA –
10 points possible
|4.0 - 3.1 = 10 points
3.0 - 2.1 = 5 points
|Extra Points Possible|
Intermediate College Algebra,
Precalculus, Finite Math, Statistics,
or other higher-level Math
|3 extra points for a C or higher|
|ACT Composite Score||2 extra points for a 17 or higher composite score|
|TOTAL POINTS||30 possible|