B&SC Code: MATG
CIP Code: 51.0801
New York Hegis Code: 5214
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. Special personal qualifications such as a caring nature, accuracy, dependability, conscientiousness, and professionalism are required for this helping profession.
The goal of the Medical Assisting Program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in cognitive (knowledge) psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the Medical Assisting program must be able to complete all cognitive objectives and psychomotor and affective competencies as set forth by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). In order to meet these objectives and competencies, entering students must be able to participate in classroom and laboratory activities, including keyboarding, tele-communications, taking vital signs, microscopy, vision testing and fulfill competency evaluations. Medical Assisting students must present to the college, proof of their having completed and passed professional level CPR sponsored by a recognized agency. First Aid training will be included in course work.
Students need to be aware of the protected practice of the licensed professionals in New York. Infringement can result in felony.
Graduates of this degree plan will achieve the following program and institutional outcomes:
- Communicate and collaborate professionally and effectively with patients, healthcare team, and third party providers in diverse environments.
- Demonstrate a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- Demonstrate and practice behavior consistent with the legal and ethical standards of the profession.
- Demonstrate standard, quality, safety, and risk-reduction precautions in the healthcare setting.
- Utilize appropriate current technology and resources to locate and evaluate information needed to accomplish a goal, and then communicate findings in visual, written and/or oral formats.
- Transfer knowledge, skills and behaviors acquired through formal and informal learning and life experiences to new situations.
- Employ strategies for reflection on learning and practice in order to adjust learning processes for continual improvement.
- Follow established methods of inquiry and mathematical reasoning to form conclusions and make decisions.
- Participate in social, academic, and professional communities for individual growth and to function as a citizen of a multicultural world.