Medical Assisting

Program Purpose: Students who complete the Medical Assisting program will be able to demonstrate performance of appropriate medical and communication skills necessary in a medical office or clinic environment.  Students will also be able to describe the legal and ethical principles that affect the role of a medical assistant and be able to apply procedures while complying with established risk management and safety practices.

Program Description: Ventura College's Medical Assisting Program is a cohesive program designed to prepare students with the main competencies needed for employment in the medical field as either administrative medical assistants (a career also referred to as front office medical assistant or Medical Secretary) or clinical medical assistants (also referred to as back office medical assistant). This program is also an excellent training program for career enhancement for those seeking to expand their skills in the medical field and advance into new job positions.

Jobs in this field include, front office medical assistant, medical secretary, back office medical assistant, entry level medical biller, hospital admitting clerk, hospital unit coordinator and entry level medical records clerk.   Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants to become a California Certified Medical Assistant – Administrative (CCMA-A), Clinical (CCMA-C) or Administrative and Clinical (CCMA-AC).

PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Demonstrate performance of appropriate medical administrative or clinical skills.
  2. Determine appropriate communication strategies for stakeholders in the medical environment.
  3. Describe legal and ethical principles that affect the role of a medical assistant.
  4. Apply appropriate procedures for complying with established risk management and safety practices.