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Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program prepares graduates to work in physicians' offices where they perform both administrative and clinical skills.

The Bossier Parish Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsWill open new browser window or tabupon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33763
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To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective communication in the medical office environments through utilization of active listening, interviewing, instructing, and documenting skills with patients, families, and health care professionals in recognition of diverse cultures;
  2. utilization of critical thinking to identify, analyze, and problem-solve in the clinical and administrative medical assistant work place;
  3. application of concepts of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, medical dosage calculation, laboratory testing, computer skills and other current technologies to perform as a medical assistant;
  4. the ability to think and act as a professional by using effective time management, organization, provisions for safety and legal/ethical principles; and
  5. competency in the performance of administrative and clinical skills appropriate to the role of a medical assistant.

Specific Requirements:

Students pursuing a Medical Assistant technical diploma or degree must first meet College admission requirements. Students are selected into the Medical Assistant Program upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") of qualification courses, ALHT 201 or ALHT 203, and submission of completed program application and signed essential requirement form. BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to the program.

Program classes are scheduled to begin in the fall and spring of each year. Up to twenty students are selected for each program class. Medical Assistant students are assigned to practicum sites during the spring or fall semester. Practicum training (a minimum of 220 hours) is completed at physicians' offices and clinics throughout Northwest Louisiana. Prior to graduation, the student must take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination conducted by the Certifying Board of the AAMA. Successful completion of the practicum experience, completion of CMA (AAMA) certification exam, and required course work leads to the awarding of the Technical Diploma or the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant. As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to take the AAMA Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination.

ALHT 203 is offered only during the fall semester and ALHT 201 is offered only during the spring semester. If a student fails to complete ALHT 201, ALHT 203, ALHT 209, or MOS 107 with a "C" or higher, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student can reapply for the next program class. During ALHT 210, the student will be assigned to a physician’s office or healthcare setting, generally for eight hours per day, three to five days a week for 8-14 weeks. Credit for experiential learning is not allowed for the following courses: ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 107, ALHT 203 or ALHT 210.

Students must submit required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section) prior to beginning ALHT 210. Program students are required to pay a clinical fee and a CMA (AAMA) certification fee in addition to regular tuition.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices. »Gainful Employment information for this programWill open new browser window or tab

Required Courses for the Technical Diploma and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant

Qualification Courses (Must be completed prior to enrolling in Program Courses) 
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
Total credit hours for Qualification Courses  7
Required Program Courses
ALHT 109: Healthcare Systems and Safety 2
ALHT 114: Introduction to Medical Coding  3
ALHT 201/201L: Medical Supplies and Patient Prep 4
ALHT 209/209L: Laboratory Testing 4
MOS 107: Medical Office Administration 3
ALHT 203: Specialty Areas for Medical Assistants 3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology 3
ALHT 115: Pharmacology for Allied Health 3
ALHT 116: Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations and Measurement 3
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics and Law 3
PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology 3
ALHT 210: Medical Assistant Practicum 4
Total credit hours for the Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant 45
Additional Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant
  Humanities elective 3
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
or SPCH 115:   Interpersonal Communication 
ENGL 101: Comp and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 101: Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102:   College Algebra 
Total credit hours for Additional Courses  15
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant 60

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Medial Assistant from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health.

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