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).

INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Communication- Written, Oral, and Visual: Students will write, speak, perform, or create original content that communicates effectively and is facilitated by active listening skills.

  2. Reasoning- Scientific and Quantitative: Students will locate, identify, collect, and organize data in order to analyze, interpret, or evaluate it using mathematical skills and/or the scientific method.

  3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will recognize and identify the components of problems or issues, examine them from multiple perspectives and investigate the ways to resolve them using reasoned and supportable conclusions while differentiating between facts, influences, opinions, and assumptions.

  4.  Information Literacy: Students will formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information from a variety of sources in a verity of formats such as print and/ or electronic.

  5. Personal/Community Awareness and Academic/ Career Responsibilities: Students will examine the ethical responsibilities and the dynamic role of individuals and active citizens in society. Students will develop skills and employ strategies to self- manage their personal, academic, and career goals and to cooperate, collaborate, and interact successfully within groups and with a variety of cultures, peoples, and situations.

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

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

PROGRAM MAPPING:

I: This program-level student learning outcome is INTRODUCED is this course.
P: This program-level student learning outcome is PRACTICED in this course.
M: This program-level student learning outcome is MASTERED in this course.
Leave blank if program-level student learning outcome is not addressed.

Courses PSLO #1 PSLO #2 PSLO #3 PSLO #4
BUS V25 I/P I    
BUS V26 I/P/M I I I
BUS V27A   I/P    
BUS V28A I/P/M I/P/M I/P/M I
BUS V29 I/P/M I I/P  
BUS V97 I/P/M I/P/M I/P/M I/P/M
Required Additional Courses-(1) selected from the following:    
BUS V44/SUP V81   I/P    
BUS V45   I/P