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Medical Assisting (Vocational Credit Certificate)

Program Description

This one year (3 semesters) program prepares students to provide allied health services in ambulatory out-patient facilities, including medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Medical Assistants participate in Diagnostic, Clinical, and Administrative functions. Diagnostic functions include drawing blood, performing basic laboratory tests, and taking EKG’s and X-Rays. Clinical functions include obtaining vital signs, preparing patients for and assisting with examinations and procedures, administering medications and performing treatments. Administrative functions, managing records, completing insurance coding, and providing for billing and collecting as well as serving as receptionist, and scheduling appointments. Medical Assistants are taught computer applications to manage records, billing and other aspects of a medical office or clinic.

This program starts every year in January, May, and August. Qualified applicants will be considered on a space available basis. Students participate in an externship each semester to gain experience in every aspect of the Medical Assistant’s practice. Students can also choose to attend part-time and extend the length of the program to two (2) years.

The Medical Assisting Program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the health information management profession. In keeping with its mission and goals, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medical Campus promotes an environment of respect and support for persons with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations. Please see the Physical Demands listed for this program.

This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program.

To facilitate the clinical portion of the program, students may be assigned to a clinical facility within Miami-Dade County. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences.  Program students are required to provide the results of a physical examination, immunizations for Rubella (German measles),Mumps, and Varicella (chicken pox), and Hepatitis B (or declination), 5-panel drug testing and the results of a test for tuberculosis (TB) prior to beginning program. Students must also provide a level II background check. They must also be CPR certified before beginning program. Students must have their own transportation to externship site in the community.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate’s eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

Students that successfully complete all program/course requirements and upon graduating from the Medical Assisting Program and having all pre-requisites met, may apply to the MDC Bridge Nursing Program. Upon completion of the Program, the student may also take the following certification exams: x-ray technician, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, ekg technician.

Program Location
This program is offered only at Medical Campus located at 950 N.W 20 Street, Miami , Florida 33127 and clinical sites are throughout Dade County.

Important Phone Numbers


Medical Assisting Program

305-237-4121

New Student Center

305-237-4141

Advisement Services

305-237-4238

Financial Aid

305-237-4160

Student Life

305-237-4213

Testing Services

305-237-4275

 

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent https://ibrinc.com/mdc/select and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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