Medical Assistant - Diploma (2021-2022)
Hutchinson and Willmar (49 Credits) - Education Plan
|As a professional and multi-skilled worker, a medical assistant performs administrative and clinical duties in the health care field. Medical assistants are classified as allied health practitioners and can be found in physician offices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory facilities and other related businesses. This program prepares graduates to take the national test for certification, allowing the student to become a certified medical assistant.
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) which is responsible for the certification of Medical Assistants, has varied restrictions that may affect persons with a history of felony convictions. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the certification examination. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the AAMA at 800-228-2262 concerning questions they may have regarding their eligibility for certification.
Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a Minnesota licensed health care facility have a background study. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the Medical Assistant program at Ridgewater College, will result in ineligibility to qualify for a diploma in medical assisting.
The Ridgewater College Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board.
Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs
|Total Diploma Credits:||49|