Medical Assisting Information Session
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals. They work under
the direction of a qualified physician, nurse-practitioner or physician assistant and perform a
variety of administrative and clinical tasks. They work primarily in ambulatory care settings such
as medical offices and clinics.
Medical Assisting at CCC&TI
Associate Degree program
- 4 semesters of classroom work
- final semester includes a clinical experience (practicum)
The program is offered at Caldwell campus with clinical portions in the surrounding areas.
- Versatile and multifaceted profession
- Employment in variety of settings
- Over 14,000 MA’s are currently in NC workforce
- Projections of more than 18,000 will be needed by 2022
EDUCATION OF THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT
- Courses in a Medical Assisting Program
- General Education
- Clinical Courses (lab procedures, exam procedures)
- Practicum 240 hours (Clinical experience)
WHAT DO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS DO?
- Scheduling appointments
- Maintaining medical records
- Billing and coding for insurance purposes
- Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories
- Preparing patients for examination
- Drawing blood
- Administering medications as directed by physician
SALARY INFORMATION / JOB GROWTH
- The employment outlook for Medical Assistants is extremely bright. According to
the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment Statistics, the projected
job growth rate for the profession from 2014-2024 is 23 percent, which is much
higher than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for Medical
Assistants in 2015 is $30,590 per year or $14.71 per hour.
- Source: NC Employment Security Commission
Semester by semester course work information is available in the college catalog.
- For MED 260 each student will be placed in a clinical setting for a total of 240
- Assignment of clinical placements is at the discretion of the MA faculty and may be
in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, OB-GYN, or other specialty areas
in Caldwell, Watauga, and surrounding counties.
- Students will practice both administrative and clinical skills.
- Prior to attending clinical, students must satisfactorily complete a criminal
background check, drug screen, medical form with updated immunizations, and CPR
course for health care providers.
- Students who fail to complete the above requirements will not be allowed to
- Medical Assistants must project a professional appearance
- Tattoos must be covered
- Only one earring per ear
- No excessive jewelry
- Good personal hygiene
- Clean uniforms and shoes
- Hair pulled back and neat
- No nose rings, lip rings, etc.
- Complete college application
- High school and college transcripts
- Meet eligibility requirements to enroll in gateway English and math requirements
- Complete Medical Assisting information session
- Request a MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review by contacting the Health Sciences
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST
*May be subject to change without notice as determined by the
General Assembly of North Carolina
||$76.00 per semester hr
+ $35 per semester(Fall and Spring) activity fee
+ $2 per course campus service fee
|Liability (malpractice) ins
|| Fall II
||Fall I and Fall II
||$150.00 plus shoes
||$30.00 and up
|Criminal Background Ck,
Students are responsible for travel to and from school and clinical sites plus any
Students are responsible for travel for field trips and community service projects.
Students need to have reliable transportation.
Students will need to have a wristwatch with a second hand for checking time,
pulse and respiration.
You can’t use your cell phone in clinical!
WHERE DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
- For Admissions information contact one of the following in Student Services:
- For information about the program contact:
- Melinda Laws, Program Director/Instructor, Medical Assisting
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!
Email quiz and signed criminal background acknowledgment statement to the Health Sciences Admissions Office:
Or Mail To:
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638