Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant Program is a one-year certificate that prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics.

Their administrative responsibilities may include front office reception, billing, bookkeeping, basic correspondence, and scheduling of appointments. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, and assisting the physician during the examination and treatment of patients.

Working Conditions

Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and office personnel. Although most medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week, they may be assigned evenings or weekends dependent upon their place of employment. The medical assistant provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function).

If you are considering this field, you should be able to accurately record and keep track of information, maintain confidentiality, deal calmly and professionally with patients, follow medical charts and understand diagnoses, and work with electronic health records. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Medical Assistant to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Employment

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 24% over the next ten years, much faster then the average for all healthcare professions. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Accreditation/Approval

Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Medical Assistant Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Program Advisor prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Medical Assistant Program June 1 - October 1 for fall enrollment and apply online November 1 - April 1 for fall enrollment. Online application deadline date is October 1 for Spring enrollment and April 1 for Fall enrollment. Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline date. Applicants accepted into the Medical Assistant program must attend the required program orientation session.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Medical Assistant Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

 

College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center

Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Medical Assistant - Curriculum

Medical Assistant - Curriculum

 

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Medical Assistant curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Eligibility & Admission Requirements - Medical Assistant

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Medical Assistant program. The Medical Assistant program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program.

Application Dates

Submit Online Application from June 1 - October 1, application deadline date is October 1 for Spring enrollment. Submit Online Application from November 1 - April 1, application deadline date is April 1 for Fall enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. 

Application Process

All applicants interested in the Medical Assistant program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Medical Assistant Program Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with a Medical Assistant Program Advisor.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with the Medical Assistant Program Advisor prior to applying.
  5. Complete Steps 1-4 prior to completing the Medical Assistant program's online application. Complete the ONLINE Medical Assistant Application and submit June 1 - October 1 for spring enrollment or submit November 1 - April 1 for fall enrollment.
  6. After submitting the online Medical Assistant application, you need to pay the $50.00 application fee to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable. We will not review your application for admission into the Medical Assistant program until you have paid the application fee. You need to obtain the application fee form from your advisor.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following Medical Assistant program admission criteria for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
  2. Completed college entrance placement testing within the last five years. Acceptable entrance tests include    ACCUPLACER, Compass, and ACT or completion of approved college coursework. The following are minimum placement test scores required to apply to the program:

                                         Reading                    Math 

                ACT                       20                         25

               ACCUPLACER          70                         33 Elementary Algebra Score

               COMPASS               83                         47 Pre-Algebra Score

3. Scored a reading placement score below minimum program requirements, completion of ENG 097 with a grade of "C"     or higher or completion of ENG 101 with a grade of “C” or higher is required.

4. Scored a math placement score below minimum requirements, completion of MAT 080 with a grade of “C” or higher       or completion of a higher MAT course with a grade of "C" or higher is required.

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Medical Assistant curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Admission Process

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. We evaluate all qualified applicants according to a point system that allows an objective means for selection ranking. We select applicants with the highest point totals first. Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.

Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on applicant pool ranking and eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the Medical Assistant program. Applicants who receive conditional admission or alternate status into the program we will notify by email. Applicants denied admission we notify by mail.

Applicants conditionally admitted will have 14 calendar days from the date of your conditional admission email to pay the $50.00 seat fee (intent to enter) to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office to hold your seat in the Medical Assistant  program. We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition or it will be refunded directly to students after financial aid refund and within two weeks after the 100 percent drop date for 16 week courses. Your seat fee form will be included with your conditional admission email. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay the seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.

Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. We provide in the admission status EMAIL information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary Medical Assistant program requirements for full admission status. 

Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.

Students accepted will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Medical Assistant Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.

Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.

 

Online Application - Medical Assistant
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