2018-2019 Catalog

Medical Assisting (MA22) Diploma

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Program Description:

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities, which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting Diploma.

Program Goal: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The Medical Assisting diploma program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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Entrance Dates:

Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum. Fall semester for occupational curriculum.

Entrance Requirements:

Age: Minimum of 17 years of age for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum. 18 years old for entrance into occupational program curriculum.


  1. Completion of application and related procedures;
  2. Successful completion of the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. (PSB) entrance exam. 
  3. Ability to comply with health-related standards and meet minimum essential skill requirements. Documentation of the Technical Standards Assessment Form.
  4. Documentation of immunization records.
  5. Payment of fees for liability insurance.
  6. Documentation of current CPR certification.
  7. Completion of background check and drug screen.

Retention Policies:

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. A “C” must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next step in the Medical Assisting program.
  2. Students must attain a numerical grade of 70 or better in each Medical Assisting course, including clinical rotations, to progress in the program.
  3. A student must maintain CPR certification and carry professional liability insurance while enrolled in Medical Assisting courses.

Readmission Policies

All current admission requirements must be met before applying for readmission.

Program Final Exit Point:

Graduates from the Medical Assisting program are eligible to apply to take the national certification exam to become certified medical assistants.

Pre-Occupational Curriculum (19 Credit Hours)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


PSYC 1010Basic Psychology


ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


Occupational Curriculum (35 Credit Hours)

MAST 1010Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office


MAST 1030Pharmacology in the Medical Office


MAST 1060Medical Office Procedures


MAST 1080Medical Assisting Skills I


MAST 1090Medical Assisting Skills II


MAST 1100Medical Insurance Management


MAST 1110Administrative Practice Management


MAST 1120Human Diseases


MAST 1170Medical Assisting Externship


MAST 1180Medical Assisting Seminar


Total Credit Hours: 54 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation