This program encompasses the competencies necessary for a professional Medical Assistant. Specific education includes performing administrative and clinical procedures in settings such as physician offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Courses are sequenced to build skill level. Medical Assisting is a growing occupation in New Mexico and the United States. This program of study is oriented to students who have an aptitude for organization and health-care systems. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the knowledge, skills and behavior learning domains essential to providing competent and caring services.
Eligibility for application to the medical assisting program includes the following: successful completion of MATH 102, ENGL 111, and OFTC 111. Math and Biology courses must have been completed within five years prior to the medical assisting program.
Prospective students who have been convicted of a felony are advised to contact the Department of Health and the Medical Assisting Education Review Board prior to admission to determine their eligibility for certification. Fingerprinting for background checks, drug testing, and proof of recommended vaccinations are required once students are accepted into the program. All students must meet the stated requirements of each assigned clinical site to qualify for placement.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform major operational functions of the medical office, including basic medical bookkeeping, scheduling and other office functions.
- Communicate effectively and compassionately
with patients of varying ages, cultures and
- Communicate effectively and professionally with medical personnel.
- Accurately and safely perform laboratory testing and specimen preparation.
- Measure vital signs and prepare patients for examinations and clinical tests.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various biomedical legal and ethical issues.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (9 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 112 Composition and Literature (3)
ENGL 119 Professional Communication (3)
ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)
SPCH 220 Interpersonal Communication (3)
SPCH 225 Small-Group Communication (3)
Mathematics (3 credits)
BSAD 112 Business Math (3)
Laboratory science (4 hrs.)
BIOL 136 Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)
BIOL 136L Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)
PSYC 111 Psychology I (3)
PSYC 240 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSYC 290 Developmental Psychology (3)
Humanities (6 hrs.)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal 9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (32.5 HRS.)
AHAC 151 Basic Life Support for Healthcare
HLCR 113 Medical Terminology (3)
HLCR 235 Pharmacology for Allied Health (3)
MAST 115 Medical Assistant Administrative
MAST 120 Medical Assistant Clinical
Procedures I (3)
MAST 125 Medical Assistant Laboratory
Procedures I (2)
MAST 210 Medical Office Insurance and
Finance (3) *
MAST 220 Medical Assistant Clinical
Procedures II (3) *
MAST 225 Medical Assistant Laboratory
Procedures II (2) *
MAST 290 Medical Assistant Capstone Course (1)
MAST 298 Medical Assistant Internship (3)
HLCR 250 Medical Law, Ethics and Professional
OFTC 111L Business Software Essentials (4)
* These courses have core prerequisites
TOTAL 62.5 CREDITS