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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Nov 19, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Medical Assisting (5648) (W.C.)


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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

The Medical Assisting program is designed to educate and train students to assist licensed health care practitioners to deliver safe, competent, and ethical medical care in various health care settings.

The Program

This program prepares students for a career in the multi-skilled field of medical assisting which includes instruction in the performance of basic clerical/medical office duties and clinical skills. The program is designed to prepare students to assist in all aspects of basic healthcare delivery under the supervision of a physician, assist with client care management, execute administrative and clinical procedures, communicate effectively, adhere to ethical and legal standards, and recognize and respond to client needs. Clinical experiences will be provided in physicians' offices, ambulatory care centers, clinics, hospitals, and hospital outpatient clinics.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

Internships/Externships/Rotations/Fieldwork

Clinical rotations are scheduled in various clinical settings and are a required part of the program of study to assist students to obtain hands-on experience in health care while learning in the student role.

Application Procedure

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.)   program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:

Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Medical Assisting program, students must complete the following by the application deadline:

  1. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
  2. Complete a Medical Assisting program application.
  3. Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.
  4. Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association (AMA) approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Health Care Providers that includes hands-on simulated experiences. Find AMA-approved courses at bit.ly/AMA-cpr.
  5. Submit one of the following:
    1. An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas); or
    2. An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
    3. College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service at ged.com. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Upon acceptance to the program, students must:

  1. Successfully complete a background and drug screening process; and
  2. Complete a physical examination.

Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.

Application Deadline(s)

The application deadline is May 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.

Need More Information? Contact:

Call (904) 646-2300

Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE)


Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the state of Florida.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student's responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program's published deadline (if applicable).

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded a workforce certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn the required number of clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements as a student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  5. Earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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