This is a Selective Access program.
The Medical Assisting Specialist 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 Medical Assisting Specialist program provides personalized instruction and hands-on training, preparing students for clinical practicum externship and employment. The program is current with industry standards and responsive to the demonstrated needs and expectations of the communities of interest served by the program.
The Medical Assisting Specialist program prepares students to perform medical assisting duties under the direction of a physician/practitioner, including preparing examination rooms, taking vital signs, assisting in minor surgical procedures, giving injections, performing venipuncture, assisting in laboratory operations, taking x-rays, and administering electrocardiograms. Medical assistants also learn to function in an administrative capacity, including patient communications, patient record maintenance, billing, scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, and processing insurance claims.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations."
Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
In order to be eligible for the practicum externship, students must:
- Have a CGPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Be CPR certified and have training in Universal Precautions (OSHA).
- Possess a HIPPA compliance certificate.
- Have a satisfactory status with the College's Bursar's and Financial Aid offices.
- Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
Note: Some practicum externship sites will require students to pass a background check and/or drug screening prior to placement.
Practicum externship hours are as follows:
- Students are required to complete 40 hours per week for 5.6 weeks on their practicum externship. The total number of hours for the practicum externship is 225 hours. Practicum externship hours are usually accrued 8 hours per day, 5 days a week at a physician's office.
- Physician's offices are usually open during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and are usually closed evenings and weekends. Students are expected to be at their practicum externship site Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
- As part of the program, the student cannot receive compensation from the practicum externship site.
Admission to the program is selective and based on academic performance and other criteria. It is recommended that students meet with the program advisor prior to applying for program acceptance. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the program, students must:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Complete a Medical Assisting program application.
- Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child, and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association 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.
- Submit their 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).
Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria:
- Completion of recommended coursework HSC 1531 .
- Previous healthcare experience. Note: Verification must be on company letterhead and signed/dated by the designated verifying person.
- Submittal date of application.
A physical examination and successful completion of a background and drug screening process will be required upon acceptance to the program.
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.
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