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Medical assistants work on the front-lines of today’s healthcare system. It’s a position that is hiring today in a variety of environments, from major hospitals to family clinics. Medical assistant jobs could involve taking patients’ vitals, collecting and labeling samples, keeping up with medical records, and pitching in on administrative work. Likewise, medical assistants might work 9–5 at a small family practice, or three 12-hour shifts per week in an urgent care clinic.
What setting best suits your lifestyle? Talk to our team today, and we’ll talk more about your career potential in healthcare.
At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited medical assisting degree program that gets you Day 1 Ready in under 18 months*, focusing on the skills employers seek. You’ll emerge from our program with medical office experience, prepared for the CMA certification exam. Our instructors are professionals who give hands-on instruction in in our labs. Your externship then gives you the experience of working in an actual medical office—and possibly professional connections.
Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. We even offer exam preparation and pay fees for your certification. If you are ready to put your new skills to work, we’re ready to help.
*Based on successful, full-time enrollment
The medical assistant training program at Vista College covers the basics of medical office administration, including keeping medical records and insurance billing procedures. Speak the language, with courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. You’ll also practice clinical procedures, including phlebotomy, taking vitals, and proper laboratory practices. We’ll also prepare you for certification exams, which are required by many workplaces.
The Medical Assisting program has been redesigned to utilize our new Blended learning model at our College Station campus. Blended learning provides an optimal combination of both traditional and digital learning, in a format that allows you enhanced schedule flexibility. It uses a combination of faculty-led online classes, independent learning activities and on-campus lab hands-on training overseen by experienced instructors.
Course is offered in new Blended learning format, which combines flexible online classes with hands-on lab work learning format.
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Vista College’s Medical Assisting (Distance Education) program uses a blended learning model that combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of online courses with all the advantages of hands-on, on-campus labs to provide a unique educational experience. Blended learning — sometimes also referred to as hybrid learning — builds on the strengths of multiple education models with the aim of providing an optimal combination of both traditional and digital, in a format that allows you both flexibility and independence.
Our blended learning model utilizes a combination of faculty-led online classes, at-home learning activities, and in-person lab training overseen by experienced instructors. Each course in the program is 90 hours and taught over a 5-week period. We cap off our Medical Assisting (DE) program with an externship that gives you practical experience in a real work setting. To learn more about how Vista College’s blended learning model works, read the Frequently Asked Questions.
(On-Campus and Online)
|Location/ Content Delivery Method||Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction.||Combination of on-campus and online.||Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.|
|Meeting Times||Classes take place on scheduled days and times.||Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus.||Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.|
|Labs||On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers.||On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers.||Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.|
(Healthcare programs only)
|Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.|
|Canvas Learning Management System||The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.|
|Components||Distance Education – Blended Schedule|
|Theory||4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom|
|Lab||9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled|
|Independent Student Learning Activities||5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled|
|Total Weekly Attendance||18 hours|
Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program should consider sitting for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a certification required by many hospitals and clinics. There are further opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, clinics, and care facilities. Holding an associate degree may help satisfy employer requirements. Certification requirements vary.
Potential Job Titles: Certified Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant, Patient Service Specialist
|Anatomy & Physiology||6.5|
|Introduction to Medical Assisting||6.5|
|Cardiopulmonary Procedures *||6.5|
|Body Control and Balance Procedures *||6.5|
|Nutrition and Wellness Procedures||6.5|
|Human Life Cycle Procedures *||6.5|
|Medical Assisting Capstone *||6.5|
|Medical Assisting Externship *||6.5|
|Advanced Diagnostic Procedures *||6.5|
|EKG Technology *||6.5|
|Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|English Composition I||4.5|
|English Composition II *||4.5|
|Survey of the Sciences||4.5|
This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.
This prerequisite course orients students to the fundamental clinical and administrative procedures of a Medical Assistant. Foundational recall and introductory application of common skills performed by medical assistants will be introduced.
This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in cardiology, pulmonary, phlebotomy, and hematology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.
This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in neurology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, microbiology, and immunology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included
This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in gastroenterology, urology, urinalysis, nutrition and wellness, and dermatology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.
This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and orthopedics specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.
Students prepare for entering the professional workforce by demonstration of competencies related to administrative and clinical skills through application, analysis, and evaluation of procedures used in a variety of healthcare setting.
This course is designed to provide the student hands-on experience in the field working as an extern in a healthcare facility. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented throughout the program.
This course introduces advanced clinical skills used in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include drug screens, electrocardiography and telemetry, and phlebotomy.
In this course, students receive training to properly perform routine blood collections, identify equipment for blood collections, perform special phlebotomy procedures, and practice techniques for collecting non-blood specimens.
In this course, students receive training to perform routine electrocardiograms, recognize normal and abnormal rhythms, document rhythm strips to provide reliable test results for the physician, and recognize and troubleshoot artifacts found during routine electrocardiograms.
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.
The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.
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