Medical Assisting Technology

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Medical Assisting Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Students are trained in a variety of administrative skills such as scheduling and receiving patients and clinical procedures such as obtaining vital signs and assisting with exams and treatments.

An Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the program.

To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each MET course to progress in the program. Courses must be taken sequentially and competencies stated in each course syllabus must be met.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 16 composite score on the ACT; 
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 251 and ACCUPLACER Algebra (QAS) Score of 231 or Arithmetic Score of 251 OR Reading Score of 71 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Score of 61 (prior to January 28, 2019);
  • Complete 15 hours or more with a “C” average at an accredited college or university.  Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement; and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C” average) on college coursework; and
  • Attend a MET Information Session. Students will be notified by letter from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling an Information Session after other requirements have been met.


Admission is competitive, and specific admission requirements must be met. All requirements and required application materials are due by May 1, preceding the fall admission desired. The deadline will be extended, if needed, until maximum enrollment is met.

The MET Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students check with the Health Education advisor for selection details and deadlines.

 

After program admission and prior to classes beginning, students must present an American Heart Association CPR Healthcare Provider certification and proof of immunization for MMR. A background check, a Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test, and a random drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and a background check, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the Program. For additional information, contact the health education counselor or your advisor.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II, Lab 1
CSC 1123 Computer Applications 3
  Total Hours 11
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MET 1113 Medical Terminology 3
MET 1313 Clinical Procedures I 3
MET 1513 Pharmacology for MA  3
MET 1413 Medical Law and Ethics 3
MET 1911 Medical Assisting Seminar I 1
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
  Semester Hours 16
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MET 1214 Medical Business Practices 4
MET 1323 Clinical Procedures II 3
MET 2224 Computer Concepts for MA 4
MET 2234   Medical Insurance 4
MET 1921 Medical Assisting Seminar II 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
  Semester Hours 19
THIRD SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MET 2334 Medical Lab for MA 4
MET 2613 Clinical Review 3
MET 2715 Practicum 5
MET 1931 Medical Assisting Seminar III 1
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  Semester Hours 19
Total Semester Hours 65**
**Includes pre-requisite courses

Accreditation: The Medical Assisting Technology Program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. 727.210.2350 www.caahep.org Outbound Link

 Year Retention
>=60%
Exam Participation
>=30%
Exam Passage
>=60%
2018 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2017 88.89% 100.00% 80.00%
2016 90.91% 100.00% 85.71%
2015 70.00% 100.00% 91.67%
2014 100.00% 100.00% 85.71%
Cumulative 90.74% 100.00% 88.64%
The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting requires programs to maintain and make available to the public current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement.  The Medical Assisting Technology Program at Meridian Community College shares the following outcome results as reported in the MAERB Annual Report.

 

MCC's Medical Assisting Technology program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Medical Assistant in MS and qualifies graduates to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants or the 
National Certified Medical Assistant exam through the National Center for Competency Testing. The Medical Assisting Technology program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Medical Records Representative
  • Medical Business Practices
  • Medical Insurance
  • Pharmacology for MA
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • $25,000 Salary Range
  • $27,600 + Salary Range after five years

For more informationFor more information:
Gloria Adams, CMA (AAMA), NCMA, coordinator
gadams2@meridiancc.edu
601.581.3571

For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor
ahall4@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8629