2016-2017 Catalog

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care 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 examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care. The WPCC Medical Assisting Diploma 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).

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals. Students should consult their advisor for information about course scheduling.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will:

  • Apply critical thinking skills in performing patient assessment and care
  • Communicate with staff and clients in the medical setting, through effective verbal and written skills
  • Prepare patients for and assist with physical examinations, procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries
  • Perform administrative and clinical skills and techniques with a degree of competence appropriate for safe and effective office management and patient care
  • Use computer skills to schedule appointments, process billing; code and process insurance accounts, and provide written documentation in medical settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic math computations and use this knowledge to solve equations 
  • Conduct oneself at all times in an ethical, legal, and professional manner as a member of a health services profession
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of federal and state health care legislation and regulations

Diploma Program Eligibility Requirements

  1. High school diploma or High School Equivalency diploma.
  2. NC DAP Developmental Reading and English Composite score of 151 or higher or successful completion of DRE 098.
  3. NC DAP score of 7 or above in DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or successful completion of DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or a combination of the two.
  4. Cumulative grade point of 2.0 on all coursework completed at post-secondary institutions.
  5. Meet, with or without accommodations, essential functions (available in program coordinators office) required to perform the tasks of a medical assistant.
  6. OST 136 is a pre-requisite for admission to the diploma program.

Medical Assisting Degree and Diploma Information

WPCC’s Medical Assisting Program is structured in the one-plus-one format. All competencies required for entry-level medical assisting are met in the one-year diploma, and graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

Students who have completed the requirements for the diploma and/or students waiting to enter the diploma curriculum can take selected courses to earn the Associate in Applied Science degree.

The number of students that are selected in the Diploma program is limited and students are accepted in the order that they meet eligibility requirements. Students may start general education classes in the Degree option any semester.

Notification of Acceptance is given in April prior to Fall Semester start date.

Additional Program Information

  1. Students will be required to meet the safety standards for health care workers exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This includes attending the training session offered in MED 113 and completing the HBV immunizations or signing the mandatory declination form.
  2. Students will be required to meet confidentiality standards following admission to the Medical Assisting Program by attending a HIPAA training session offered in MED 140.
  3. Students must submit evidence of physical and emotional health during the first semester of the Diploma program sequence. The determination that a student is healthy and can participate in clinical practice must be made by a licensed medical provider (physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner). A student is admitted conditionally until a completed physical appraisal form, including the statement verifying the student is able to perform clinical practices, and documentation of all required immunizations/tests are submitted to the Certified Background portal.
  4. Clinical agencies accredited by The Joint Commission require criminal background checks and negative urine drug screens for Medical Assisting students. This is a requirement of the agencies and not the Medical Assisting program. Any student denied clinical access at any WPCC clinical agency due to the results of the criminal background check, drug test, failure to provide vaccine verification, or for any other reason will be dismissed from the program. 
  5. Visible tattoos are not allowed in clinical classes or the clinical practicum.
  6. A grade of "C" in each Medical Assisting course is required for progression to the next medical assisting course in the sequence according to the Medical Assisting program curriculum plan.
  7. A grade of "C" or better must be obtained for all required courses in the Medical Assisting curriculum including Medical Assisting, Psychology, Biology, Humanities, Word Processing, and English courses.
  8. Returning students should refer to the Medical Assisting Program Policy Manual for additional information.
  9. Clinical practice experiences are provided at many different facilities. Students are responsible for providing transportation to the sites and purchasing required uniforms and equipment.
  10. Copies of additional policies and procedures are available in the Medical Assisting Program Coordinators office and will be provided to students upon program advisement and admission to the program.