The mission of the Medical Assistant Program at Moraine Valley Community College is to provide an environment that provides the academic, social, and ethical setting that will enable each student to achieve entry into a medical assistant career.

The program’s goals are 1.) to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and 2.) program graduates will demonstrate competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains for each of the content areas outlined in the Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants as defined by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule

Medical Assistant (Certificate)

Accreditation

The Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

The five year weighted average for Employer Satisfaction with Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program graduates is 100 percent. This information is based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The five year weighted average for Graduate Satisfaction with the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is 100 percent. This information is based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program Admission

The Medical Assistant program is an open admission program that has limited enrollment. Admission to this program is only available to individuals 18 years or older who are high school graduates or high school equivalency recipients. Please complete a Moraine Valley application. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact Academic Advising about registration dates, any course prerequisites, and other academic concerns or questions. Several courses prescribe reading and math levels as prerequisites. For information regarding the appropriate mechanisms for documenting reading and math placement levels please meet with an Academic Advisor.

Program Requirements

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, medical assistant students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy and/or examination chairs and tables.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite and required courses in order to advance within the program.

The medical assisting externship consists of 160 hours of unpaid training at one of the Moraine Valley-affiliated clinical sites. Most externship sites require that students have a completed health/physical form, required immunizations, current CPR certification, HIPAA understanding, health insurance and a criminal background check and drug screening. You must be prepared to travel to your assigned externship site.

The medical assisting externship must be completed within one semester of MOA 147 and within one year of MOA 115 and MOA 144.

Health and Physical Form
Prior to the externship course, students will receive a health history and physical examination form. This must be completed and signed by a licensed physician. Students must prove proof of required immunizations.

Health Insurance
Proof of health insurance is also required and included as part of the health form.

CPR Health care Provider Card
All students must possess a valid CPR Health care Provider card prior to externship assignments. MOA-155 Medical Assistant Externship and MOA-156 Medical Assistant Seminar are courses that include full time clinical assignments and related activities.

Tuition and Fees

See Moraine Valley’s current tuition and fees, plus its refund and withdrawal policies.

Criminal Background Checks

In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students will be asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier’s Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, please contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708.

Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators.

Drug Screening

In order to comply with clinical affiliation requirements, students will be asked to submit a sample for drug screening prior to the start of the externship. Program Coordinators will provide students with the instructions on how to complete the required drug screening.

Transfer Information

At present, Moraine Valley does not accept Medical Assistant transfer credit.

Questions? Contact the Karen Kowalski at (708) 608-4268.