Medical Assistant, A.A.S.


Effective: Spring, 2016

The Medical Assistant program prepares students as multi-skilled health care workers who function as assistants to physicians in a variety of ambulatory care settings. The responsibilities of the medical assistant include administrative and clinical duties. The Delaware County Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Medical assistant applicants are required to take college placement tests in math, reading and English.  Any deficiencies must be remedied prior to registering for Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I (AHM 106).  This course requires departmental approval as students must progress through the curriculum in sequence.

Certain functional abilities that will enable the student to competently perform required technical skills are necessary for successful completion of the Medical Assistant program.  Students may be removed from the program for violation of patient safety, confidentiality or behavior incompatible with acceptable standards pending outcome of the appeal process.

In addition to the normal tuition and fees, medical assistant students are required to purchase uniforms, miscellaneous supplies, personal health insurance, and a program package from Certified Background to be cleared for clinical site placement.

All Medical Assistant applicants are required to submit a clear FBI Criminal Background Check (which includes fingerprinting), A Criminal Background Check and a Child Abuse Clearance form from the state of residency. Students who have been convicted of a prohibitive offense contained in Act 13 and/or Act 169 (a detailed list is available for review in the Admissions and Allied Health Offices) may not be able complete their studies because clinical experiences needed for course/program success may be prohibited.  Students must be free of all prohibitive offenses contained in the Act for 10 years prior to the beginning of the externship.  Individual situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  If a student cannot complete their clinical studies, they will not be able to complete the Medical Assistant program. Students who are in the Medical Assistant program are required to immediately divulge any misdemeanor or felony convictions or pending charges (any criminal charges as yet unresolved by the courts) that may occur while in the program to the Medical Assistant Program Director.

Selected clinical externships will be provided in local medical offices under the supervision of the allied health faculty. These externships are work/learning experiences for which the student receives no monetary remuneration or other reimbursement. Students are required to carry liability insurance during the externship period and the cost is included in the tuition.

All medical assistant students will need to have on file the results of a complete physical examination including: laboratory tests, a complete blood count, seasonal influenza vaccine, a 10-panel urine drug screen and a two-step Mantoux PPD prior to beginning the clinical externship component of the program. Please refer to the pre-entrance medical record health form requirements from the Program Director. Additionally, students must have medical health insurance for the duration of the externship and be in compliance with recommendations for the Hepatitus B vaccine. Full CPR Certification is required and you must submit a photocopy (both sides) of  the CPR Certification Card. For example, acceptable CPR courses are the "Health Care Provider" (American Heart Association) or "Course for the Professional" (American Red Cross) which are renewable every two years.  Documentation of completion of the above must be on file in the Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing Department prior to entering the Medical Assistant Practicum (AHM 199). Additional fees are required to gain clearance for the above clinical site placement.

An Associate Degree in Applied Science will be awarded upon successful completion of the required program with a 2.0 G.P.A. and a "C" or better in all allied health courses.

BIO 150 and BIO 151 can be substituted for AHM 104 and AHM 105.

Medical Assistant students are required to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) at a designated time during enrollment in the Medical Assistant Program (AHM 199). The cost of the exam is included in the program's tuition.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
  • Functions as an assistant to the physician by performing administrative and clinical duties.
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues associated with the medical assistant profession.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals to provide care to patients in an outpatient setting.
  • Apply clinical reasoning skills to accurately triage patients with acute and chronic disease processes in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to safely prepare and administer proper dosages of medication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information including electronic health records.

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Fifth Semester (6 credits)

AHM 199 - Medical Assistant Externship6

Total Credits: 63


Medical Assistant-AAS-09/2013 to Present