Program Overview

The Medical Assistant Certification program offers instruction in the skills necessary to become Medical Assistants in the expanding and constantly changing healthcare environment. The program helps you learn the clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting and the skills required of a medical office manager.

The medical assistant certificate program offers studies in office skills, clinical with patients, and courses in managerial skills of a medical office practice.

The course also includes medication administration, e-prescribing, operating the management software, and managing insurance claims. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to take a national certification exam, preparing them to assume the responsibilities of a medical assistant.

Medical assistants may work in medical offices, clinics, physician’s offices, urgent care, or group practice. Upon gaining experience, professionals in the field may assume managerial tasks and ultimately function as office managers of a group medical profession.

We also prepare and encourage our students to continue their education in medical assistant training in one of our allied health education programs and obtain their associate degrees. Individuals with an associate degree typically enjoy higher starting salaries and more advanced positions across various healthcare settings.

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Full Description

The Certificate in Medical Assisting and Administration is a four-term course that prepares students for an exciting career in healthcare support activities. Our accelerated certificate course allows you to take up entry-level jobs in the field in as early as 12 months.

Prospective candidates receive comprehensive instruction in the proficiency needed to become a medical assistant in the expanding and constantly evolving healthcare environment.

The program helps you learn the medical and clerical aspects of medical assisting and how to function effectively in medical offices.

Medical Assistants perform support activities in physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. They may also assist a physician with patient examination, administering injection and medication, and preparing samples for laboratory tests.

The medical assistant program at our school includes studies in office management, patient care, medical terminology, administering medication, courses in managerial aptitude and organizational practices in all kinds of small and large healthcare facilities, patient education, e-prescribing, operating management software, and managing insurance claims.

Students also receive hands-on guidance in diagnostic procedures like EKG, blood pressure, and measuring other vitals.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take a national-level certification exam, preparing them to assume the responsibilities of a Medical Assistant. This certificate course is also an excellent option for working professionals interested in continuing education for entering the healthcare profession.

The medical assisting field presents immense opportunities in various job roles for a graduate medical assistant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18 percent expected growth in the employment of Medical Assistants, creating about 132,000 new jobs in the next ten years.

Graduates may render services in medical offices, clinics, physician’s offices, and emergency care. Upon gaining experience, professionals in the field may assume managerial tasks and ultimately function as office managers of a group medical practice.

After completing your certificate course, a student can continue for an associate degree in any healthcare learning domain at our institution.

What skills will the Certified Medical Assistant learn?

During their medical assisting program, students gain hands-on training and experience in both medical and organizational skills. The training you receive in your certificate program enables you to function as a versatile team member in medical care support activities. Knowledge and skills you acquired includes:

  • Routine patient examination
  • EKG
  • Injections
  • Phlebotomy
  • Recording vital signs
  • Recording and maintaining patient history
  • Managing insurance claims
  • Electronic medical records
  • Medical law and ethics

Potential Career Opportunities

After completing a Medical Assisting and Administration certificate program, students can explore multiple career paths in clerical and medical settings and healthcare facilities like physicians’ offices, general medical facilities, surgical care facilities, long-term care units, laboratories, and assisted living facilities for the elderly.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of Medical Assistants will increase by 18 percent and add about 132,000 new jobs in the next ten years. Typical job roles for Medical Assisting professionals include:


Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistant

Medical Office Manager

FAQs

  • What is Medical Assisting?

    Medical assisting is an allied health care profession that involves performing medical and administrative duties in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

  • What Will I Learn in the Medical Assisting Program?

    The certificate program includes instruction and laboratory hours in office practice skills, patient care, and courses in managerial skills in a medical care setting.  Students also receive hands-on training in diagnostic tools like EKG and electronic medical records and in medication administration, e-prescribing, operating the management software, and managing claims.

  • Which Medical Assistant Certification is Best?

    While most states do not require medical assistants to obtain certification, some states mandate professionals to pass an accredited course, receive their certificate, or even both, to start working in the field.

    Some employers may also prefer hiring certified medical assistants. Therefore, students can choose any credential or certification, depending on the state requirements.

    The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, is a certifying board that accredits five certifications for Medical Assistants. The eligibility requirements for these exams can differ significantly. You can apply for any of the following certifications:

    • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
    • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
    • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Health career Association
    • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Health career Association

     

  • What Is the Average Salary of a CMA?

    The average salary of medical assistants in the United States is $36,930 per year, and the top 10 percent of professionals in the field make about $50,580 annually.

Further Advancement Opportunities for Medical Assistants

Our curriculum equips you with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue various advanced career options in medical administration. You can continue with an associate of science degree in medical assisting and administration or enroll in any allied health education programs at our institute. Some of the allied opportunities for Certified Medical Assistants are:

Clinical Paths and Specialties:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Dental Hygienist/ Dental Assistant

Administrative Careers:

  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Information Clerks
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical Records and Health Information Specialist
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The undertaking of the Medical Assisting and Administration certificate program is to introduce students to competencies utilized for assessment and diagnosis used in medical settings.

The purpose is to provide students with quality education and experiential learning in this field, preparing them to become members of the health care team. The program also prepares students for further opportunities in group medical operations management.

Program Goals

The Medical Assisting and Administration certificate program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  1. Clinical assessment of patients, including vital signs, height, and weight.
  2. Ability to assist the diagnostician with specialized exams.
  3. Diagnostic testing procedures such as EKG and phlebotomy.
  4. Office administrative skills in handling insurance claims and scheduling.
  5. Managerial skills to include HR procedures, payroll, and employee scheduling.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Master common diagnostic methods used in an outpatient environment.
  2. Demonstrate competency in administrative skills, such as scheduling and billing.
  3. Develop practical knowledge of the managerial aspects of a medical office.

The first term introduces students to health careers, medical terminology, law and ethics, and the survey of anatomy.

Starting from the second term, prospective graduates receive instruction in electronic medical records, pathophysiology, clinical care techniques, and office and management practices. Students must complete 53 quarter credit hours in classroom lectures and laboratory hours to obtain their certificate.

Typical courses in the medical assisting certificate include:

  • Introduction to Health Careers
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Care Techniques
  • Health Research in the Lay Literature
  • Clinical Projects

View the latest listing of courses offered here.

How do I Enroll?

Start with your application today at neit.edu/apply. If you wish to apply for the associate program, you will need a high-school diploma/GED. You can fill out this form to learn more about the eligibility criteria, fee, and other details.

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on an average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.

    At the beginning of each term, you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The university requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.

    When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day that is a NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make-up for that class. The make-up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.

  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. I have not earned my high school diploma or GED: can I enroll in a Certificate Program?
    A candidate for admission to a certificate program must have a high school diploma, have earned a recognized equivalency diploma (GED), or meet the federal home school requirements.
  6. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. A student may complete the requirements in as little as 12 months.
  7. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  8. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  9. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credits will be considered for admission on the basis of achieving a 3.0 GPA in each of the courses equivalent to EN 200 Workplace Communications (or EN 110 Healthcare Communications), EN 100 Introduction to College Writing, and MA 109 Math for Life Sciences. Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses that are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  10. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course that includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  11. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  12. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined on the NEIT website, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the curriculum describes to complete the technical courses in their program will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.

    If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance.

    Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.

  13. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not guarantee its graduates’ employment or a specific starting salary.
  14. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  15. Will this program prepare me for a certification exam?
    Yes, students can take a national certification exam, as well as certification exams for phlebotomy.
  16. What will the Certificate in Medical Assisting and Administration prepare me for?
    This program prepares the graduate for work in the medical office. This will include patient care skills, administrative skills, and office management skills. Students are also prepared to work in medical research trials as well.
  17. Are there any additional activities/costs/immunizations/physical exams that I will need for this program?
    Yes, students will need to see their physician and obtain documentation of valid vaccinations and appropriate titers. This cost is not covered by the university. Students are also required to cover the cost of their certification exams. Students will obtain and maintain the scrubs required for the program with a name tag and appropriate footwear.
  18. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?
    Yes. For all terms, a grade of a C- (70%) or better is required in every MAA course and HS lecture course. A grade point average of 2.00 is required to graduate from the program.
  19. Do I need to have a Criminal Background check?
    The Joint Commission requires all healthcare facilities which they accredit to perform criminal background checks on students. Prior to entering fieldwork, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check. In addition to the criminal background check required by The Joint Commission, some clinical sites may also require a national criminal background check. It will be necessary for students to sign a Consent and Disclaimer permitting NEIT to perform a criminal background check and a Release and Authorization permitting NEIT to disclose the results of the criminal background check to a clinical site where the student is being considered for placement. In the event that a criminal conviction or pending criminal federal, state or local charge occurs after a criminal background check has been performed, the student must undergo an updated background check. If a background check reveals any criminal convictions, the student may be disqualified from a clinical placement or employment in the field. When a student is declined a placement by a site as a result of a positive background check, another attempt will be made to place a student in a clinical site. Students assume the cost for all background checks.NEIT makes no guarantee that once a student is matriculated, the student will be able to attend any fieldwork training setting. This is the student’s responsibility to discover what they must do to manage a positive criminal background investigation.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Health Sciences Department, establish the essential qualifications considered necessary for the students admitted to the program. The student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem-solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to separate complex information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships such as differing depths of tissues, organs, and cavities.
  • Ability to comprehend basic mathematics principles and count to 200 in English.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks following written and verbal instructions.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, patients, physicians, and other medical staff.
  • Ability to read English sufficiently to read college-level textbooks, laboratory results, medication labels, package directions, and patient charts.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the clinical setting to appropriately identify pertinent patient information and transmit the information, promptly, effectively, efficiently, and sensitively to appropriate personnel even when the time span available for communication may be limited.
  • Ability to verbally express, clearly and distinctly to enunciate medical terminology.
  • Ability to express thoughts clearly, both written and in speech.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty, students, and medical team in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to make decisions appropriate to the care of patients under stressful and demanding conditions.
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks under stressful and demanding conditions.
  • Ability to adapt in a positive manner to new and changing situations with an open mind and flexibility.
  • Ability to work in an environment that may change rapidly in unpredictable ways, without warning.
  • Ability to think clearly and act quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to stand and perform extensive walking for 1-2 hours at a time with no breaks.
  • Ability to sit for 1-2 hours at a time with no breaks.
  • Sufficient strength to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on both adult and pediatric patients.
  • Sufficient upper body strength great enough to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to lift equipment, push stretchers and beds and move large pieces of equipment.
  • Sufficient strength to assist with positioning patients for and during procedures.
  • Ability to wear and tolerate masks and gloves and other protective equipment including lead aprons.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within reasonable time frames in accordance with accepted protocol.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient manual dexterity and mobility to move stretchers, carts and equipment independently.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes, and fingers in the operation of medical and other equipment and instruments.
  • Sufficient fine motor control to manipulate small equipment and instruments.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and carry various items of equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual ability, with or without correction, to enable the student to differentiate instruments, human anatomy, and changes in the anatomy that occur during a medical procedure including color changes.
  • Acute enough to read small, printed labels on medications
  • Acute enough to read small numbers on instruments.
  • Acute enough to handle extremely fine suture material Auditory
  • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken by staff, physicians, and patients in an environment with background noise. Individuals with auditory processing disorder may not have the visual cues needed to assist in processing the spoken word.