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What is the Medical Assisting program?
A program whose goal is to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
What will I learn?
You will learn both the administrative and clinical procedures required to be performed in the physician's office. The student will learn manual scheduling, bookkeeping, medical records maintenance, and medical insurance claims. In addition, the medical assistant will be able to function within a computerized office management system performing scheduling, billing, collections and electronic medical records. Clinically you will learn and perform EKGs, urinalysis, phlebotomy, injections, assisting with minor surgery, casting, wound care, eye/ear irrigation, urinary catheterization, vital signs, pulmonary functions tests, measuring infants and much more.
What can I do with this course of study?
The program offers a Certificate Level II and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Medical Assistants can work in a variety of health care settings. The most common is in a physician's office. This occupation is predicted to be in high demand through 2025. Median salary for the San Antonio area is $36,260 with a maximum of $42,800 and the Texas median salary of $36,830 with a maximum of $45,880.
What's special about the program?
In 1969 SAC's program became the first accredited medical assisting program in the United States*. Through personalized instruction, practice, performance and our state of the art facility, students have stepped out of the classroom and into an actual clinic with minimal transition from student to employee.
*Verified by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.
The Medical Assisting program is a fall-entry-only program with limited enrollment (24). The open application period starts September 1 of every year.
Acceptance to the Medical Assisting program is considered with the completion of all three phases below and with a competitive ranking process with particular attention given to timely submission of required paperwork and grade point average (GPA).
1. Apply & Enroll at San Antonio College
Applicants for the Medical Assisting program MUST be fully enrolled at San Antonio College.
2. Meet the Course Requirements
Report to the Department Advisor, Mia Gallegos, email@example.com.
|For Medical Assisting, A.A.S.:
||For Medical Assisting, Level II Certificate:
3. Apply to the Medial Assisting program
Complete and submit the online application before the deadline for consideration.
For more information regarding the Medical Assisting program and the mandatory informational sessions, please contact: Luis Vega-Maldonado, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lori Swaney, email@example.com.
Submission of the following by the specified deadline (provided by the program):
- A completed program health assessment packet which includes a history and physical assessment (physical exam), Technical Standards Form, proof of immunizations i.e., MMR, Tdap, varicella, bacterial meningitis (<22 years of age), hepatitis series, and current TB screen (within 1 year).
- Background check and drug screen utilizing Alamo Colleges contracted vendors.
- CPR for Health Care Providers.
Students completing Phases 1-2 and who have presented their completed packets to the Program, will receive notification by e-mail from the Program office of their status.
If selected, applicants MUST attend a mandatory orientation meeting in the summer prior to registration for classes.
Please Note: A positive criminal background may prevent you from being accepted into the Medical Assisting program. All applicants with a positive criminal background report must request a waiver from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
For assistance, please contact:
Director of Certification
20 N. Wacker Drive #1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Also, please keep in mind that when you request a waiver you'll need the following:
- A written explanation of the events regarding the incident(s). This should include any special circumstances (such as age of the applicant at the time of the incident[s]) as well as any life changes since the incident(s);
- Copies of official documentation related to the incident(s), including police report showing the initial charges, court documentation outlining sentencing requirements or documentation showing how the case was resolve.
- Successful completion of parole or probation requirements.
- At least two written references by individuals other than your family and friends.
- Any criminal history since the incident occurred.
The San Antonio College AAS Degree and Certificate Level II programs in Medical Assisting are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
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San Antonio College Medical Assisting is a profession with many rewards, as practitioners can perform both administrative and clinical services, filling several roles in a variety of healthcare environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly outlines that it is a growth field, with an anticipated 18% growth from 2020 to 2030.
Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patients, with the goal of providing healthcare and ensuring patient safety. It is a position with a great deal of responsibility. As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant, and those hazards include the following:
- Exposure to infectious diseases
- Sharps injuries
- Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
- Chemical and drug exposure
- Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks
- Latex allergies
At the same time, there are protections set up with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and those protections are particularly important within a healthcare environment. OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety of healthcare workers and patients. Accredited medical assisting programs are required to teach students about the hazards that they face on the job and the protocols that can be put into place to ensure a workplace culture that prioritizes safety.
What are our average outcomes for our AAS and Certificate Level II graduates?
Our graduates are eligible and encouraged to take the CMA (AAMA) or RMA (AMT) national credentialing exam for medical assistants. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers as seen displayed by the yearly outcome for both AAS degree and Certificate Level II.
Outcomes for Certificate Level II
|Retention (2020 Admission Cohort)||100%|
|Job Placement (2020 Graduate year)||100%|
|Exam Passage (2020 Graduate year)||100%|
Outcomes for A.A.S.
|Retention (2020 Admission Cohort)||100%|
|Job Placement (2020 Graduate year)||57.14%|
|Exam Passage (2020 Graduate year)||57.14%|
Mary Mena, BAAS, MSIS
Luis Vegamaldonado, MHA, REEGT, RPSGT, RMA, EMT
Robert Inman, MSN, RN