Medical Assisting Certificates of Achievement

Merritt College Medical Assisting Department offers three Certificate of Achievement Programs for those interested in early entryway into the Allied Health Career Path. Each of these programs are less than a year to complete. Beginning in Fall 2021 there will be some synchronous times expected of students to attend Zoom Meetings or Face-to-face Skills Labs.  See also Programs in New Catalog for 2021-2022 Academic Year and thereafter.

Synchronous times will vary with the courses, but most courses are fully online.

Our Certificates are:

The most popular Certificate is the Clinical Medical Assisting.  However, we recommend a course or two of the Administrative Medical Assisting to supplement your Clinical Certificate. You do not need to complete both certificates. It is strongly recommended you take one or more of the MEDAS Administrative Classes also so you can be more marketable by adding front office skills to your experience.  If you enjoy both front and back office MA duties then both Certificates are recommended. The Administrative Courses are usually offered in the Spring and listed as MEDAS 103A, B, &C.  That series will supplement the Clinical Certificate-to improve hiring opportunities.

You do not need a special Application for Medical Assisting Programs, but we strongly recommend:

  • Eligibility for English 1A or for English Learners to be at ESOL 4 Level.

Medical Assisting and Health Occupations Programs

Now Offering Three Certificates of Achievement

Certificate of Achievement

Clinical Medical Assisting (Most Popular Tract)

Program Description

The Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement is a Career Education program that delivers quality instruction within a comprehensive curriculum that provides students with enhanced employment opportunities and/ or upward career mobility in the areas of healthcare, public health, and “back office” medical assisting duties. The program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for obtaining work in the health care field as a Medical Assistant. Graduates of this program are prepared to work with physicians and other team members and facilitate office visits for patients to be seen by the health care provider. Under the direction of the Medical Doctor, graduates assist with many procedures and often assist in health education to support clients’ health and disease management. This program can be completed within one year, culminating in a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

 

Program Goals and Objectives 

The Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement program is a Career Education program. Its goal is to provide quality instruction within a comprehensive curriculum that provides the student enhanced employment opportunities and/or upward career mobility in the areas of healthcare, public health, and “back office” duties. This program can be completed within one year, culminating in a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all major requirements.

 

Career Opportunities 

Career opportunities may include Medical Assistant (MA), Certified Medical Assistant (C-MA), Administrative Medical Assistant (AMA), Certified Administrative Medical Assistant (C-AMA), Medical Office Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant, Client Services Coordinator, Medical Support Assistant, and Patient Services Specialist, and Patient Navigator or Health Navigator.

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Clearly communicate via writing, speaking, listening, and reading.
  2. Acquire Reasoning Skills-to evaluate and interpret information during patient encounter. Students will be able to solve problems relevant to the Medical Assistant Job Duties as outlined by community employers.
  3. Demonstrate Professional Behaviors- timeliness and interpersonal skills, teamwork and embracing cultural diversity whilst performing clinical skills.
  4. Enhance Technical Skills- emphasis on mastery of assistive clinical medical skills and charting. Program offers hands on skills lab supplemented by demonstrating mastery of clinical skills with use of vetted software for medical office simulation.

Clinical Medical Assisting

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Major Core Courses for Certificate of Achievement  

and proposed Schedule 

Subject #  Course Title  Units  Sequence 
Proposed for Summer 2021:   
HTLOC 101 or HLTOC 201 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology I

3 or

2

Year 1, Summer
Total Summer Session Units 3 or 2 
Proposed for Fall 2021: 
 MEDAS 101A

MEDAS 101B

MEDAS 102A

MEDAS 102B

MEDAS 102C

Introduction to Medical Assisting

Disorders of the Body Systems in Primary Care

Clinical Medical Assisting I

Clinical Medical Assisting II

Clinical Medical Assisting III

2

3

3

3

2

 

Year 1, Fall.

 

 

Special Notes: 

MEDAS 101A & 101B replaces MEDAS 201A (from the old program) 

MEDAS 102A, 102B, & 102C replaces MEDAS 201B (from the old program) 

MEDAS 101A (2Units) also replaces COUNS 207C requirement from the old program   

Total Semester Units  13
Proposed for Spring 2022:   
  HLTOC 110 or

HLTED 11

HLTOC 260

COPED 470F

 CPR and First Aid for Allied Health Programs or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Emotional Intelligence

Occupational Work Experience in Medical Assisting (Externship Class-Special Admission)

1 or

0.5

2

2

 

 

Year 1, Spring

 

Total Semester Units 5.5 – 6
Major Requirements  19.5 ─ 21 

 

Certificate of Achievement #2 

Administrative Medical Assisting

Program Description

The Administrative Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement program prepares students to perform “front office” duties via the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the following skills and more: medical records documentation, patient intake, electronic medical records management, patient reception, scheduling appointments, medical insurance, and introduction to billing and coding and collections. This program can be completed within one year, culminating in a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all major requirements.

Program Goals and Objectives 

The Administrative Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement program is a Career Education program. Its goal is to provide quality instruction within a comprehensive curriculum that provides the student enhanced employment opportunities and/or upward career mobility in the areas of healthcare, public health, and “front office” duties. This program can be completed within one year, culminating in a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all major requirements.

 

Career Opportunities 

Career opportunities may include Medical Assistant (MA), Certified Medical Assistant (C-MA), Administrative Medical Assistant (AMA), Certified Administrative Medical Assistant (C-AMA), Medical Office Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant, Client Services Coordinator, Medical Support Assistant, and Patient Services Specialist, and Patient Navigator.

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Clearly communicate via writing, speaking, listening, and reading.
  2. Acquire Reasoning Skills-to evaluate and interpret information. Students will be able to solve problems relevant to the Medical Assistant Job Duties as outlined by community employers.
  3. Demonstrate Professional Behaviors- timeliness and interpersonal skills, teamwork and embracing cultural diversity.
  4. Enhance Technical Skills- emphasis on mastery of electronic health record (EHR) charting with use of vetted software for medical office simulation.

 

 

 

Program Learning Objectives 

  1. Provide effective instruction and student learning that results in the successful attainment of educational goals through the completion of a certificate of
  2. Offer a valuable and relevant curriculum that imparts to the student the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for successful entry-level employment as an Administrative Medical Assistant.
  3. Maintain a process of assessment and improvement to enhance the teaching/learning process and increase opportunities for student success.

 

Program Requirements

Administrative Medical Assisting #3

Certificate of Achievement Requirements: 17 Units

 

Subject #  Title  Units Sequence
Major Core Courses 
MEDAS 101A

HTLOC 101 or 201

Introduction to Medical Assisting

Medical Terminology or Med Terminology I

2

3 or 2

2

2

Year 1, Fall.

Year 1, Fall

MEDAS 103A Administrative Medical Assisting I Year 1, Fall
HLTOC 260 Emotional Intelligence Year 1, Fall
                                    Subtotal Semester Units  8 or 9
 HLTOC 110

MEDAS 103B

HTLOC 263

CPR and First Aid for Allied Health Programs

Administrative Medical Assisting II

Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals 

1

2

3

Year 1, Spring

Year 1, Spring

Year 1, Spring

Subtotal Semester Units 6
MEDAS 103C Administrative Medical Assisting III  2  Year 1, Summer
Subtotal Semester Units 2
Special Notes: 

MEDAS 103A, 103B, and 103C replaces MEDAS 201D (from the old program) 

 

Recommended Course 
COPED 470F Occupational Work Experience in Medical Assisting (1) Year 1, Summer
Major Requirements  17 

 

*For Course Descriptions Please see Below. 

 

Health Navigator  

Certificate of Achievement  

 

Program Description:

 

The Health Navigator Certificate of Achievement program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for obtaining work in the fields of healthcare, public health, and human/social services. Working with case managers and other team members, Health Navigators provide guidance, health assessments, health education, health outreach, and community resource referrals to support a client’s disease management, lifestyle management, and care coordination. They act as a bridge between the patient, the family, the community, the health care team, and the healthcare system. This program can be completed within one year, culminating in a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

 

Program Goals and Objectives  

 

The Health Navigator Certificate of Achievement program is a Career Education program. Its goal is to provide quality instruction within a comprehensive curriculum that provides the student enhanced employment opportunities and/or upward career mobility in the areas of healthcare, public health, and human/social services.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes   

 

  1. Demonstrate job readiness by conducting a client-centered interview and applying health navigator core competencies, emotional intelligence, and effective communication skills to clients with diverse backgrounds and barriers to care.
  2. Demonstrate job readiness by conducting a client-centered interview using metrics/data for validating value-added services and providing community resources and social service referrals to support formerly incarcerated clients, survivors of trauma, and/or clients with chronic conditions.Program Learning Objectives  
  3. To provide effective instruction and student learning that result in the successful attainment of educational goals through the completion of a certificate of achievement.
  4. To offer a valuable and relevant curriculum that imparts to the student the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for successful entry-level employment as a Health Navigator.
  5. To maintain a process of assessment and improvement to enhance the teaching/learning process and increase opportunities for student success.

Program Requirements

Health Navigator  

Certificate of Achievement   

Required Course Dept. 

Name/# 

 

Course Name 

 

 

Units 

 

Prerequisite

 

Sequence

HTLOC 150

 

HTLOC 101

 

HTLOC 263

 

HTLOC 261

Introduction to Health Care Careers

 

Medical Terminology 1

 

Communication Skills for the Healthcare Professional

 

Health Navigator 1

2

 

3

 

3

 

2

None

 

None

 

None

 

None

Year 1, Fall
Subtotal Semester Units  10 
HTLOC 260 Emotional Intelligence 2 None Year 1, Spring
HTLOC 262 Health Navigator 2 3 HTLOC 261 Year 1, Spring
HTLOC 264 Chronic Condition Management 2 HTLOC 201 Year 1, Spring
Subtotal Semester Units 
Total Program Units  17

 

*For Course Descriptions please see that link under Courses