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Medical Assisting Technology

Medical Assisting Technology

Admission Requirements | Mission StatementAccreditation | Program Outcomes | Program Effectiveness | Additional Resources | Student Handbook

The mission of the NEMCC Medical Assisting Technology Program is to prepare medical assistants who excel in knowledge, skill, and professionalism required by employers and the medical community. It should be understood by each student that a total commitment on the part of him/her is required. The Medical Assisting Technology program reflects the basic purpose and objectives of Northeast Mississippi Community College.





Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Medical Assisting Program must meet the requirements for admission to the college.

Coursework specific to the Medical Assisting Program (MET courses) is delivered in the classroom. Online option not available at this time.

  • Medical Assisting Program applications must be submitted by May 1st for August admission or September 15th for January admission (admission in January is limited to readmission applicants). Please fax your application to 662.720.7215 or email to vjhopkins@nemcc.edu instead of using regular mail.
  • Applicants must provide to the college records office proof of a composite ACT score of 17 or greater and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater.
  • Applicants whose ACT scores are below 17 may be considered for admission after completion of 12 semester hours of prescribed academic courses with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • Applicants to the Medical Assisting Program must complete BIO 1534 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 2514 Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of “C” or greater prior to admission. (To obtain an Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting, completion of A&P I (BIO 2514) and A&P II (BIO 2524) with a grade of “C” or better is required).
  • Acceptable Health Status – Once admitted, Medical Assisting Students must supply, on program forms, proof of a physical examination and identified immunizations and tests and must document an acceptable health status. Review of the submitted data may result in the request for additional documentation, psychiatric evaluation, and/or drug/alcohol screens if indicated. Students must comply with any such requests. Students must be able to exhibit performance requirements which include adequate cognition, sensory, affective, and psychomotor abilities, i.e. vision, hearing, mobility, speaking, and manual dexterity. Final admission status cannot be determined until the health status has been validated. Students may not attend clinical experiences until acceptable health status has been validated.
  • Criminal Background/Fingerprinting Procedure- In accordance to the Mississippi State Law as stated in the State Statute 37-29-232, Northeast Mississippi Community College Health Science Programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting Technology, Practical Nursing Education, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology require students to submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check/ fingerprinting. Admission may be rescinded and reversed based on review of the student's criminal background check. At any time, the college may ask a student to clarify current legal status by completing the fingerprinting process. Students who refuse to submit to a criminal background check/fingerprinting or do not pass the criminal background check/fingerprinting will be dismissed from the program. Students who are dismissed from a Health Science Program may seek admission into another educational program that does not have a clinical component requirement in its curriculum.
  • CPR Certification All students admitted to Allied Health Programs must obtain and maintain current American Heart Association CPR certification for Health Care Providers.

NOTE: Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to any program of study. Applicants are rated and ranked on program rating tools. These rating tools are available with the program application. Applications are available from the Division of Health Sciences office in Childers Hall and on this website.

NOTE: Students who, once admitted, fail to complete the program of study may be readmitted only once to the program of study. A student may reapply for program admission after a period of five years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NEMCC Medical Assisting Technology Program is to prepare medical assistants who excel in knowledge, skill, and professionalism required by employers and the medical community. It should be understood by each student that a total commitment on the part of him/her is required. The Medical Assisting Technology program reflects the basic purpose and objectives of Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Accreditation

The NEMCC Medical Assisting Technology Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

9355 113th Street North #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org

For additional information, please contact the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

MAERB

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 800-228-2262
Fax: 312-899-1259
www.maerb.org

accreditation@aama-ntl.org 

Program Outcomes

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting requires programs to maintain and make available to the public current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement.

As per the recent 2020 Annual Report, the Medical Assisting Technology Program at Northeast Mississippi Community College has a job placement rate of 92% for 2018 graduates.

Program Effectiveness

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains. In an effort to insure continuous program improvement, program faculty have adopted the following goals and student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the Medical Assisting Technology Program (assessment cycle 2017-2018).

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop competency as an entry-level medical assistant
  • SLO 1.1: Students will be able to assist with examinations, procedures and treatments.
  • SLO 1.2: Students will be able to perform administrative functions
  • SLO 1.3: Students will be able to collect and process laboratory specimens
  1. Students will be able to communicate effectively
  • SLO 2.1: Students will effectively demonstrate oral communication
  • SLO 2.2: Students will demonstrate effective written communication
  1. Students will practice health and safety policies and procedure necessary to the establishment of a safe working environment
  • SLO 3.1: Students will be able to apply principles of aseptic technique & infection control
  • SLO 3.2: Students will be able to practice Standard Precautions
  1. Students will demonstrate the values and ethics of a medical assistant and understanding of professional development and life-long learning
  • SLO 4.1: Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • SLO 4.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key professional organizations AAMA, AMT, NHA and NCCT
  1. Students will demonstrate community and ethical knowledge while providing health care services to diverse populations
  • SLO 5.1: Students will demonstrate empathy and respect for all patients
  • SLO 5.2: Students will demonstrate ethical decision making within a medical setting
  1. Students will be prepared for immediate employment as a medical assistant
  • SLO 6.1: Graduates will find employment as a medical assistant or related field
  • SLO 6.2. Graduates will pass a National Certification Examination
  • SLO 6.3: Employers of graduates will be satisfied with job performance
  • SLO 6.4: Graduates will feel that they were adequately prepared

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting requires programs to maintain and make available to the public current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement.

May 2020, the Medical Assisting Technology Program at Northeast Mississippi Community College has a job placement rate of 92% for 2018 graduates.

Additional Resources

American Association of Medical Assistants
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-899-1500
Fax: 312-899-1259
http://www.aama-ntl.org

Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Student Handbook

The student handbook provides valuable information to current and prospective students. Program goals, academic and clinical policies, course information, and information on student activities are provided in one convenient location.