Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)
This is a Limited Access program.
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.
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.
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.
Graduates of the Career Certificate Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the following examinations:
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. In order to earn the Career 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:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Complete a Career Certificate Medical Assisting program application.
- Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores or TABE waiver.
- 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.
- Submit one of the following to student records:
- An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas); or
- An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
- 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).
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Upon acceptance to the program, students must:
- Successful completion of the background and drug screening process will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program. Practicum experience is a required part of the Medical Assistant program. In order to participate in a medical office based practicum, a student will be expected to submit health history information (physical), proof of immunizations, and proof of immunity. To ensure employability in the widest possible manner, all students are required to submit drug screening and criminal background check results and a physical exam upon acceptance into the Medical Assisting 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.
The application deadline is May 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.
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