The Medical Assisting Program will assist individuals with developing the necessary skills needed to perform clinical and administrative duties in clinics, hospitals, urgent care facilities and other clinical settings. The program is designed to prepare competent entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. As a student, you will participate in completing 270 hours, of unpaid clinical externship under the direct supervision of a physician, clinical evaluator or preceptor. Upon graduation, you are eligible to take any of the certification exams with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologist (AMT) and the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Medical Assistants have an impact on the public’s well-being which requires the knowledge, skills and both education and training for this profession.
Medical assistants typically complete the following tasks:
Assist the physician with patient exams and/or minor office surgeries
Give patient injections as directed
Draw blood and prepare laboratory tests
Schedule patient appointments
Complete insurance forms
Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.
The Atlanta Technical College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727.210.2350, for more information, please visit caahep.org
We are pleased to announce that based on the 2019 annual Report submitted to MAERB and CAAHEP, the data recorded from 2017 for the Medical Assisting program at Atlanta Technical College is as follows: 84.6% passage rate on the NCMA and CMA exam. This information exceeds MAERB’s established threshold of 30%.
Minimum Program Length: 5 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $7,810
As a student, you will participate in completing 270 clinical/extern/practicum hours, unpaid clinical externship under the direct supervision of a physician, clinical evaluator or preceptor. Students cannot receive pay for the hours worked during this time. Students must be able to adhere to the externship site schedule; students will be evaluated by the site preceptor. The student will also maintain weekly timesheets. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the site.
*MAST 1170-Medical Assisting Externship requires students to complete 270 clinical/practicum hours. 13,500 contact minutes is based on a 60 minute clock hour *
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are prepared for employment in physicians’ offices, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. NOTE: A felony conviction may limit employment opportunities.
Median Pay: $13.76 per hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Completion of high school diploma or GED and
- Submission of official transcripts.
- Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
- Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
- G.P.A. 2.0 or better must be maintained.
- Completion of all required courses with a “C” or better.
- Must sit for the RMA with American Medical Technologist (AMT) or NCMA with National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
Note: some of the fee costs have changed and updated here.
PROGRAM ADDITIONAL FEES
(These costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
- Books & Supplies: $1000.00
- CPR Card: $7.00
- Liability Insurance: $10.50
- Certification Exam: $120.00 (RMA)/ $90.00 (NCMA). Other additional fees that the student will be responsible for are: Physical exam, dental screening, TB testing, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening, uniforms, and others that are deemed necessary.
Students enrolled in category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical sites.
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