Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Physician’s offices and health care facilities are increasing in numbers across the nation to accommodate America’s aging population. As a result, medical assisting is becoming one of the fastest growing careers in the country. For the past 50 years, Central Piedmont’s medical assisting program has been producing graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to address this national trend. Our program reviews the critical administrative tasks, clinical functions and laboratory procedures medical assistants perform each day in the field; equipping you with the hands-on training needed to pursue a successful career in the healthcare setting of your choice.

What You Will Learn

Medical assistants provide care and comfort to people with healthcare needs, while helping physicians’ offices run smoothly and efficiently. As a result, our program reviews the critical administrative tasks, clinical functions and laboratory procedures medical assistants perform each day in the field, such as:

Clinical:

  • recording vital signs
  • drawing blood and administering injections
  • assisting physicians with medical examinations

Administrative:

  • organizing medical records
  • scheduling appointments, receiving patients
  • performing medical coding and submitting insurance billing

At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in the performance of entry-level medical assisting
  • perform entry level Competencies for Medical Assistants as developed and published by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
  • perform all administrative and clinical procedures, which are assigned by a supervising physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant with a high degree of technical skill, effectiveness, efficiency, and safety as an entry-level medical assistant

Graduates of the program find work in physician offices, urgent care centers, medical clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and ambulatory care centers.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Let us help you fulfill your healthcare career goals. At Central Piedmont, you’ll find:

  • Affordability: our diploma and associate degree programs are offered at a cost that is significantly less than similar programs at other area schools.
  • Innovation: our challenging curriculum blends traditional classroom learning with the hands-on training you’ll need to pursue a successful career in the medical assisting field.
  • Options: we offer both a medical assisting diploma and an Associate in Applied Science degree in medical assisting. These programs may be completed in just 2.5 semesters to accommodate your learning needs. Practicums are also available with many of the region’s leading health care providers.
  • Quality: our medical assisting program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This means that when you enroll at Central Piedmont, you’re learning from one of the best.
  • Success: our graduating classes have earned 100 percent pass rates on the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) national certified medical assistant (CMA) exam for 15 years. As a result, our graduates attract today’s employers. In fact, some have been hired before graduation.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a diploma in medical assisting. Completing the diploma counts toward the requirements to complete the Associate in Applied Science, and students who have completed the diploma are encouraged to continue their studies and complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in medical assisting. Individuals desiring a career in medical assisting should, if possible, take keyboarding, medical terminology I, and required general education courses prior to entering the program. The college catalog details the medical assisting program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer medical assisting course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Medical Assisting Program Requirements and Application

    If you attend full time, you should be able to complete the program in two and a half semesters. During the final eight weeks of the program, you will be assigned to a physician's office where you will work a full-time schedule for four days each week. This practicum assignment is non-compensated. For detailed information on medical assisting course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. You are encouraged to complete ENG 111, COM 110 or 231, and MED 121 prior to applying to the medical assisting program. You must also demonstrate proficiency in basic computer skills by completing CIS 110 with a grade of "C" or better. You will be required to take a keyboard test and demonstrate proficiency at 30 or more words per minute with 80% accuracy within two attempts. Otherwise, you will be required to complete OST 131.

    All of our clinical facilities require a state and national criminal background investigation and drug screen of all students before they can be allowed into the clinical areas. All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program. Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Central Piedmont's Single Stop at 704.330.2722, ext. 6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

    Upon admission, you must also complete a medical exam, provide record of immunizations, show proof of medical insurance, and carry Central Piedmont's accident insurance. Current Provider Level CPR certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross must be completed by the end of the first semester of the program. You are responsible for the costs of each of these. Required forms will be distributed at the medical assisting orientation session for students who are accepted into the program.

    Medical Assisting Program Application

    Applicants are admitted for both fall and spring semesters. Admission into the medical assisting diploma program is competitive. A maximum of 24 full-time and 12 part-time students are selected with five alternates. Applicants are ranked according to their score on the medical assisting program application. Admission is based on points obtained from the following criteria:

    • attendance of a medical assisting information session or health careers open house
    • past academic performance
    • current Provider Level CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross

    You will be notified of your admissions decision within four to six weeks after you submit your medical assisting program application. If you are not accepted and wish to reapply, you will be required to complete a new medical assisting application.

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab/Clinical
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab/Clinical and Online)
    • Online

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Medical Assistant Careers

    Medical assistants are employed in physician offices, urgent care centers, medical clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and ambulatory care centers. Medical assisting employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so physicians can see more patients. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed medical assisting career requirements and opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Medical Assisting Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Medical Assisting Scholarships

    In particular, students interested in the medical assisting program should consider the following scholarships. Please note that many scholarships are managed by organizations outside of Central Piedmont.

  • Information Sessions and Keyboarding Sessions

    Keyboarding Sessions

    In order to be considered for the medical assisting program, you are required to take a keyboard test and demonstrate proficiency at 30 or more words per minute with 80% accuracy. If your typing speed is not 30 wpm with 80% accuracy after two attempts, you must complete OST 131.

    • Tuesday, September September 24, 2019, 6 — 7 p.m., Central Campus, Health Careers Building, Room 3531
    • Thursday, October 17, 5 — 6 p.m., Levine Campus, Levine III Building, Room 3502
    • Tuesday, October 29, 5 — 6 p.m., Levine Campus, Levine III Building, Room 3502
    • Friday, November 8, 9 — 10 a.m., Levine Campus, Levine III Building, Room 3502
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