Medical Assistant: Clinical

Certificate Program

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Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 968-8227
Curriculum Code No. 3149

The Medical Assistant Certificate program offers complete training for students to receive a certificate with specialization in clinical medical assisting. Clinical medical assistants assist doctors and patients in physicians' back offices, clinics, and outpatient departments of hospitals. They also are employed as medical assistants in laboratories or other health service areas.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • prepare and administer medications;
  • perform within legal and ethical boundaries;
  • display a professional manner and image; and
  • perform basic clinical medical assisting functions including taking medical histories, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, collecting specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, and drawing blood.

Certificate Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL115
Basic Human Anatomy
3
MEDA120
Medical Terminology
3
MEDA200
Clinical Procedures I A
3
MEDA201
Clinical Procedures IIA
3
MEDA203
Laboratory ProceduresA
3
MEDA205
Medical Law and Ethics
3
MEDA220
Medical Assisting Externship A
3
Total Credit Hours 21

A Course requires prerequisite.

Since the individual circumstances and backgrounds of students vary, all students planning to complete this certificate program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to develop a planned sequence of courses to meet their individual needs.