ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Prepare for a career working with patients or supporting the administrative functions of a medical office. UNLV's Medical Assistant program provides you with real-world administrative and clinical skills that are essential to working in the modern medical office. Using an applied learning approach the curriculum will help you develop the tactile and critical thinking skills necessary for working in today's healthcare industry.
By the end of the six month course, students develop the skills frequently assigned to medical assistants including scheduling, reception, bookkeeping, insurance billing and coding, maintaining medical records, preparing patients for examination, assisting with physicals, performing screening tests, preparing medical equipment, and more. The program is paired with an online learning management system offering additional resources and tools and real-world simulations using electronic health record software. Additionally, students will use online assessment tools which monitor individual progress. Remediation is provided in areas where students are weak and provides additional support until students show mastery level proficiency. Students will also complete CPR/AED certification.
Externship opportunities are available.
This Program is Perfect For
People seeking a career working with patients or supporting the clinical and administrative functions of a medical office.
What You Will Learn
By the end of the program students will be able to:
- Apply fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes within the framework of safety to enhance confidence, competence, and employability to work in various healthcare settings.
- Perform within the ethical and legal boundaries of the medical assistant’s scope of practice.
- Understand the processes and perform responsibilities for clinical support.
- Manage the ambulatory and ambulatory settings.
- Perform administrative duties related to scheduling, billing, coding, and practice finances and information management in the healthcare setting.
- Communicate effectively with team members and patients from different age groups and cultures.
- Display professionalism in appearance, job performance, and cultural sensitivity while interacting and communicating with providers, staff, and patients.
- Qualify for employment in various healthcare settings.
- Value life-long learning within their field by participating in continuing education opportunities.
To earn a Medical Assistant Certificate you must successfully complete the Medical Assistant Certificate Program course and complete a Medical Assistant Externship that places students in a clinical setting for 160 hours (unpaid).
Additionally, after completion of the certificate, there is an optional class that provides students with the opportunity to prepare and take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam.
For students who completed the Medical Assistant Certificate Program prior to fall 2021, the Medical Assistant Externship was optional.
Once you fulfill all certificate program requirements as outlined in the Academic Plan, you may request your certificate.