- Delivery: Daytime or Online Classes
- Start: Fall Semester (classroom) or Spring Semester (online enhanced), Full-Time and Part-time options available.
- Location: Rosemount Campus
- Are you looking for a meaningful job?
- Do you like helping others?
- Do you have an interest in health and medicine?
- Are you a "people person"?
- Are you good at multitasking - switching tasks throughout the workday?
- Do you like variety in your job?
- Do you have good written and spoken communication skills?
- Would you like to enter a career in an expanding field?
- If you have answered YES to all these questions than you may want to consider becoming a medical assistant.
Program Data Sheet
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or CAAHEP, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board, this program trains students to be professional medical assistants dedicated to patient care management. Graduates are equipped to assist physicians with examinations and treatments, take medical histories, perform diagnostic tests, expose X-ray films, sterilize instruments and supplies, assist with minor surgery and administer medications. The program goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive(knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- Students admitted to the program must meet the standard of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988, which states that no one can practice in a laboratory without a high school diploma or GED.
- Students must begin the Hepatitis B vaccination series or sign a declination statement before beginning invasive procedures in the first semester. Proof of immunization is required prior to the externship course.
- Students must score 66 or above on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER test to register for MDAS courses. Any student scoring below 66 should take a reading intensive course such as DescriptionENGL 0123 Medical Reading and Study Skills Medical Reading and Study Skills to help raise his or her score.
ENGL 0123 This course is designed to help students who are in or planning to enter health care programs strengthen basic Reading Comprehension and vocabulary skills. Students will work on developing efficient study skills. Learning experiences will include use of excerpts from health care textbooks to practice skills. Prerequisites: None
Effective Dates: 03/28/1999 - 12/31/9999
Course Outline: ENGL0123
- Students scoring below 38 on the Arithmetic Skills portion of the ACCUPLACER will be required to take DescriptionMATS 0200 Basic Mathematics Basic Math or Independent Math.
MATS 0200 This course is designed to develop and increase the student's ability to perform basic math operations and to solve mathematical problems relevant to technical education. Topics covered include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and problem solving. All instruction is individualized. A student may enroll in this course for more than one term. Prerequisites: None
Effective Dates: 03/20/1998 - 12/31/9999
Course Outline: MATS0200
Graduates assist primary care physicians and specialists in clinics ranging in size from single-doctor to large, multi-specialty. Opportunities are also present in a variety of other health care areas.
Potential Job Titles
- Certified Medical Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Clinical Assistant
- Average Wage: $16.40/hour
- Top Earners: $21.47/hour
Gainful Employment Reports
- Medical Assistant - Diploma 42 credits
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The Dakota County Technical College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
The American Association of Medical Assistants has chapters in Minnesota that allow students to enhance their professional development and prepare for national certification as a Certified Medical Assistant title.