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Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistant Certificate Overview

The University of Providence Medical Assistant Certificate program is designed for completion in 10 consecutive months. Medical assistants are trained professionals who work in clinical settings which include outpatient care, ambulatory care, medical offices, and clinics.

A medical assistant handles both administrative and clinical tasks and responsibilities in the patient care setting. Students will learn to deliver patient-centered care using safe, accountable, and ethical behaviors within the Medical Assistant Scope of Practice.

Administrative responsibilities include greeting patients, answering telephones, scheduling patient appointments, updating patient medical records, submitting insurance claims, and arranging laboratory services.

Clinical responsibilities include preparing patients for medical examinations, recording medical histories, assisting physicians during examinations, explaining treatment procedures to patients, removing sutures and changing dressings, and performing basic laboratory tests including blood draws.

Following a required one-day face-to-face program immersion, students will complete all required coursework delivered online. In addition, students will be required to attend the in-person clinical skills lab sessions as part of course requirements. Students will apply their knowledge in a student-faculty practice learning environment. The fifth and final course, Internship and Career Preparation, is delivered online with two skills training labs and, includes an additional 160 hours of unpaid internship in a medical clinic. This course gives students the opportunity to apply their new skills and knowledge in an actual patient care setting under the supervision of a preceptor who practices as a medical assistant.

The goal of the MA Certificate program is to prepare the entry-level medical assistant to sit for the National Credentialing exam. The student will use their knowledge and apply the skills they have learned, to their future Medical Assistant practice further supporting the community need for educated, trained and competent Medical Assistants.

This program is currently being offered in Montana, Oregon, Washington and Texas. This program is approved for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Admission Requirements

All students seeking admission into the Medical Assistant Certificate Program are required to obtain and pay for a Criminal Background Check, Drug Screen, Proof of Immunizations, and Proof of CPR Certification after they are admitted into the program. Click Here to access Verified Credentials which is a Third-Party vendor the University of Providence uses to manage all Program requirements. As part of your academic program, you will spend time in a learning lab and clinical placement site where the student will be in contact with other students, clients and/or patients. This requirement will ensure precautions are taken to protect you, other students, clients, and/or patients.

The results of the background check and drug screen or failure to submit proof of immunizations may determine if you will be fully admitted to the program. You must inform the Director of the program if you are convicted of a crime while enrolled in your educational program. Each learning lab and clinical site will be informed that a background check, drug screen, and proof of immunizations has been completed. Students are responsible to update and provide documentation of program requirements which expire during the 10-month program, to Verified Credentials. Failure to provide updated information to Verified Credentials may result in withdrawal from the program.

For PSJH and Partner Organization Caregivers: The

If you are a PSJH Employee or Dependent of a PSJH employee and, have had a background check and drug screen completed with PSJH and, you have not taken a break in your employment from your initial background check and drug screen, you do not need to register for the Background Check or Drug Screen.  You are required to register for the Additional Requirements Code in Verified Credentials.

All other students who are non-PSJH employees or dependents of a PSJH employee (Benefis, Swedish, Covenant Health, Kadlec) are required to complete the Additional Requirements, Background Check and Drug Screen using the Codes provided in the Student Letter through Verified Credentials


Proof of immunizations can include:
  1. Already documented immunizations that you upload.
  2. Immunizations through your local employee health department that you upload.
  3. Immunizations using Verified Credentials.
Program Cost
  • General Program Cost (those outside of PSJH or Benefis): $7,775 ($485 per credit x 15 credits = $7,275 + $100 lab fee x 5 labs = $7,775)
  • Benefis employees and Great Falls Clinic partner rate:$6,275 ($385 per credit x 15 credits = $5,775 + $100 lab fee x 5 labs = $6,275)
  • PSJH caregivers and their dependents:  $4,745 ($283 per credit x 15 credits = $4245 + $100 lab fee x 5 labs = $4745)
  • All students are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid by completing a FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/
Additional Costs

Fees for required materials: Textbooks and applicable clinical & program fees.

  • Textbooks: Varies by course, please check the University of Providence online bookstore for up-to-date lists, ISBNs, and costs.
  • $127 for a background check, drug screen and to upload immunization records.
  • $139 certification exam fee.
  • Textbooks $400, stethoscope approx. $100, scrubs approx. $40, shoes approx. $50.

 

For caregiver tuition reimbursement, please reach out to your Human Resource Department for your current tuition reimbursement rate.

Program Format
  • All students are required to complete an online Moodle Orientation course in order to register for their first course in the MA Program.  This is also the prerequisite to attending the mandatory student immersion session as part of the MA program orientation.
  • The program is 10 months in length. This sequential, cohort model, provides students with a sense of community as they progress through the program with the same group of students. 
  • Small class sizes allow for individual attention.
  • New cohorts begin in January and August each year with students earning 15 college credits.
  • Courses are taught by licensed RNs and/or, Certified Medical Assistants who have earned a Medical Assistant Associate Degree in Technical Arts along with additional Certified Medical Assistant faculty teaching in the skills lab training sessions.
  • Coursework is delivered online with 2-3 required mandatory skill lab sessions, per course, completed in an in-person clinical skills lab training environment. 
  • Students complete one 8-week course which includes both online using the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) and in-person skills lab sessions (80% online, 20% in-person in the clinical skills lab training environment.
  • Clinical skills lab training locations include Portland, OR, Renton, WA, Lubbock, TX and Great Falls, MT, and are held on Saturdays or Sundays (weekend dates vary course to course). Skills Lab schedules are provided prior to the start of each cohort. 
  • Students must earn a 75% in each course and successfully complete the 160 hours of clinical externship over a period of four (4) consecutive weeks, in a clinic setting, to be eligible to sit for the National Certification exam, Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC), delivered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). This credential is recognized by PSJH as an accepted credential for hire.  
  • Students will have access to certification exam preparation materials throughout the program. The University of Providence is approved to proctor the certification exam for students who have successfully completed the program.
Program Curriculum
  • XMA 101 Anatomy, Physiology & Nutrition
  • XMA 102 Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • XMA 120 Healthcare Ethics, Legal Issues & Infection Prevention
  • XMA 160 Administrative Practice & Finance
  • XMA 195 Internship & Career Preparation
Program Themes
  • Patient Centered Compassionate Care
  • Patient Safety and Quality
  • Personal Accountability
  • Ethical Professional Behaviors
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Lifelong Learning
Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Provide compassionate and culturally appropriate care across care settings and life span.
  2. Provide high-quality and safe care with every patient encounter.
  3. Perform within the ethical and legal boundaries of the Medical Assistant Scope of Practice.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills to improve the work environment and patient outcomes.

Degree

CERT

Contact Information

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