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BC3 Academic Catalog: 2020-2021 
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, A.A.S.

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Medical Assistant (212)
Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program builds upon the skills acquired through the completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting.  The student will complete additional courses related to administrative and clinical procedures, as well as institutional degree requirements to obtain his/her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting.  This program prepares graduates as multi-skilled practitioners who are qualified to perform both administrative and clinical skills in the ambulatory healthcare setting.  A graduate of this program may seek employment as a Medical Assistant, medical office manager, medical records or coding clerk, medical laboratory technician, or other related occupations in the ambulatory healthcare setting.

Successful completion of this program may potentially lead to professional licensure/certification.  Licensure/certification may be global, national, or state-specific.  This program meets requirements for the State of Pennsylvania.  Requirements for other states may vary.

Applicants must have a 2.50 GPA minimum from high school or college of most recent attendance (if 12+ college-level credits have been completed there) and submit an application packet available in January for the fall semester start of the following year available online and in the Admissions Office.  Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum for acceptance and continuation in this selective program. Please refer to the Medical Assistant, Certificate information for further details.

The Medical Assistant Program at Butler County Community College had a 93% certification exam passage rate for 2017 graduates.

Program Competencies 

The student/graduate will be able to:

  • Incorporate cognitive knowledge in the performance of affective learning domains when providing patient care.
  • Implement therapeutic communications when interacting with patients.
  • Identify community resources that could assist in patient support, education, and well-being.
  • Demonstrate psychomotor skills and affective actions as satisfactory for an entry-level medical assistant.
  • Successfully pass the National Medical Assistant Certification Examination.

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