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  Florida Community College programs of study
  Workforce Certificate
  Medical Assisting (5648)
  This program prepares students for a career in the multi-skilled field of medical assisting, which includes instruction in the performance of administrative and clinical skills. The program is designed to prepare students to assist in all aspects of medical practice under the supervision of a physician, assist with client care management, execute administrative and clinical procedures, communicate effectively, adhere to ethical and legal standards of medical practice, and recognize and respond to client needs. Clinical experiences will be provided in physicians' offices, ambulatory care centers, clinics, hospitals and hospital out-patient clinics.
  Expected Job Growth: One of the fastest-growing occupations.
  Starting or Average Salary: National average: $23,000
  General Education Courses
  Total General Education Credits:
  Professional Courses
  *VPI 0100 Reading Skills
  *VPI 0200 Mathematical Skills
  *VPI 0300 Language Skills
  HCP 0001 Health Career Core (90/3)
  HCP 0103 Nursing Related Core (149/5)
  MEA 0560 Medical Assisting I (313/10.5))
  MEA 0565 Medical Assisting II (748/25)
  Total Professional Course Credits:
  Professional Electives:
  Total Professional Elective Credits:
  Total Program Credits: 1,300 Contact Hours
43.5 Workforce Credits
  *Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take these courses.
  Clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.
  Application Procedures:
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have earned a high school diploma or equivalency degree. The program admits students once a year in the fall term. An application for admission to the program must include the following:
1. An application to the medical assisting program
2. High school completion transcript or copy of GED® test scores
3. Scores for the required pre-entrance test (A-level TABE)
4. The ability to type 25 words per minute or familiarity with the computer keyboard
5. Provide evidence of current CPR certification - adult, child and infant - that includes hands-on simulated experiences.
CPR certification must be earned through an American Heart Association-approved Basic Life Support (BLS) Course for Health Care Providers.
  Total Tuition and Fees: Estimated tuition is $2,350 (for Florida residents as of 7/04)
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