Mission & Program Overview
In keeping with the mission of the college, the mission of the Medical Assisting program at South College is to prepare graduates as medical assistants who are multi-skilled health care professionals that perform administrative and clinical tasks, manage emergency situations, communicate effectively, and provide instruction to patients, thus performing as an integral member of the health care team.
The program seeks to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. In-depth study of the medical sciences of the human body, including anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the body systems and clinical including room procedures, medical lab procedures, medical terminology, pharmacology, and administrative procedures, including but not limited to medical insurance and coding and front office procedures is provided.
The Medical Assisting online curriculum is designed for completion in 3 quarters (full-time) that covers a wide range of topics from medical terminology and anatomy to medical insurance and coding, clinical procedures, patient care, and front office procedures to ensure students gain a strong foundation in essential medical assistant skills needed to excel as a vital member of any healthcare team. The online delivery utilizes interactive learning modules, virtual labs, and simulations that replicate real-world medical scenarios, allowing students to develop through virtual patient interactions, which mimic the actual medical assistant role.
Goals for the program include:
- Establish a firm base of knowledge in medical science and medical office routines which provides entry-level competencies in the fundamental concepts and theories applicable to medical assisting practices and procedures. (Cognitive)
- Engender the development of skills in clerical/administrative, clinical, and laboratory/technical areas pertinent to entry-level competencies of a medical assistant and the needs of the community and employment market. (Psychomotor)
- Foster the growth of students into competent medical assisting professionals who will demonstrate superior principles of legal, ethical, and moral integrity. (Affective)
- Expect and provide for the continued professional development of the medical assisting faculty to assure excellence in the program’s curriculum.