The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled healthcare professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
Coursework includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations, assisting with examination/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.
Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physician’s offices, health maintenance organizations, health department, and hospitals.
A goal of the Medical Assisting A.A.S. program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The Wilkes Community College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
- Medical assisting program at Wilkes Community College has a job placement rate average of 71.94%% over the past five years.
- Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Wilkes Community College are satisfied with the education that they receive at Community College, as there is an average 89.63% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
- Medical assisting program at Wilkes Community College has an average retention rate of 72.36% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
- Five-year average for employer satisfaction: 97.92%
- Graduates of the Medical Assisting Assisting program at Wilkes Community College has an 80% passage rate for the AAMA CMA Examination for the past five years.
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Orientation to Medical Assisting
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Medical Terminology
- General Psychology
- Administrative Office Procedures
- Exam Room Procedures
- Laboratory Procedures
- Professional Interactions in Health Care
- CPR First Aid and Emergency
- Drug Therapy
- Medical Insurance Coding
Graduates of the WCC Medical Assisting program will:
- Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, and showing initiative and responsibility.
- Practice in a legal and ethical manner upholding the five high principles of the AAMA's Code of Ethics.
- Demonstrate competence and quality reasoning in the performance of administrative duties as outlined in the AAMA’s DACUM for entry-level medical assistants.
- Demonstrate competence and quality reasoning in the performance of clinical skills as outlined in the AAMA's DACUM for entry-level medical assistants.
- Demonstrate competency in general business, administrative, and clinical areas on the certified medical assistant national examination (AAMA).