Medical Assistant
4 quarters, 81 credits

CPR TrainingMedical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in the physician's offices, clinics and other health care settings. They are proficient in a multitude of clinical and administrative tasks and widely viewed by doctors as vital members of the health care delivery team.

The Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion Program prepares students with the business and clinical skills necessary to gain employment as a Medical Assistant, rendering one-on-one patient services.

This fully accredited program provides the mechanism for graduates to take the National Board Examination to become a nationally Certified Medical Assistant. Emphasis is placed on both front office and back office.

Front office includes: patient relations, medical insurance, finances, coding, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, interpersonal communication skills, administrative procedures, skill development in computer usage and transcription. Back office includes clinical skills such as: medical and surgical asepsis, charting, patient prep, procedure set-ups, prioritizing, medication calculation and administration, EKG, diagnostic imaging theory, and lab skills that include: hematology, urinalysis, basic microbiology, phlebotomy.

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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course of study in the Medical Assistant Program students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and competency of medical front office administrative skills, including electronic record keeping, clerical aspects, insurance, communication, risk management, ethical issues, and inventory management.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology, necessary verbal and written communication with physicians, peers, other healthcare workers, and patients as would be necessary in any type of ambulatory care setting.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological basics underlying personal and patient needs self-growth and personal development.
  4. Possess clinical skills, knowledge and competency performance, including fundamental medical asepsis principals, patient care, specimen collection, and diagnostic testing according to State and Federal mandates, quality control documentation and equipment maintenance as would be expected in any type of ambulatory care setting.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of job readiness with resume building, interviewing skills, and complete competency in all basic medical assisting skills by successfully completing a mandatory clinical experience in the field.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of State, Federal and AAMA regulations in regards to credentialing and certification.

Steps To Success
The SVI Medical Assistant certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Fl 33756

This program was designed in collaboration with local health care providers to train potential employees for positions in ambulatory settings, clinics and offices. The student is cross-trained in multiple clinical and laboratory procedures, ensuring maximum flexibility during employment. Medical Assistants are in high demand.

Admission Policy
To enter the Medical Assistant Program you must have passed the Career Programs Assessment Test (CPAt) at the appropriate level. In addition, a high school diploma or GED documentation is required. You may register at SVI for GED classes.

This program does not allow for Advanced Placement, Transfer of Clock Hours and/or Credit from another school and does not recognize prior and/or experiential learning for credit. This is a Veterans Administration (VA) approved program.

course #  course titlecredits
Quarter I
AHL 100Strategies for Success for MA Students1.0
AHL 111Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology I6.0
AHL 113Medical Terminology I6.0
BCT 111Computer Literacy and Application Fundamentals2.0
BOS 104Keyboarding4.0
PSG 110Behavioral Psychology2.0
Quarter II
AHL 112Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology II6.0
AHL 126Reception/Scheduling/Medical Records2.0
AHL 180Clinical I - Medical Asepsis/Infection Control
EKG/PT Positions/Charting/Therapy
BCT 130Word Processing4.0
Quarter III
AHL 123Insurance/Coding2.0
AHL 124Medical Office Finances2.5
AHL 142Medical Computer Applications2.0
AHL 161Pharmacology Principles2.5
AHL 183Clinical II - Medication Administration/
Lab Skills: Intro, Micro Hematology,
Venipuncture, Urinalysis, Specialty Tests/
Diagnostic Imaging Theory and Positioning
COR 131Employment Skills3.0
Quarter IV
AHL 101Health Care Provider CPR0.5
AHL 125Medical Office Simulation2.5
AHL 128Law and Ethics3.0
AHL 190Clinical Review/Certification Exam Prep8.5
AHL 192MA Mandatory Clinical5.0


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