Medical Assistant Certificate Program
Certificate - Allied Health Department
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Principles of Clinical Practice||AHE110||3|
|Medical Assistant Skills||AHE112||3||co-req AHE110|
|Advanced Clinical Skills||AHE201*||3||AHE111 or AHE112|
|Practicum/Medical Assistant||AHE205||3||AHE112; co-req AHE201|
|Practicum Seminar Allied Health||AHE209||1||co-req AHE205|
|Applications/Concepts or Medical Computer Applications||CIT110 or OIM102||3||Prerequisite for CIT110: ESL098 or RDG095 or placement; prerequisite for OIM102: Chair approval|
|Procedures for the Medical Office||OIM170||3||OIM102 or Chair approval|
|Understanding Human Behavior for Health Care Professionals or Human Growth and Development||AHE104 or PSY213||3||PSY101|
* Prerequisite for AHE201 is AHE112 for students in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program.
This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus each Fall and Spring semester.
Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Admission to an Allied Health program does not guarantee clinical placement. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. For further information, see the Department Chair. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in AHE110 and AHE112 in order to continue into the second semester.
To be admitted to this program, students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certification.
- Attend an information session.
- Provide evidence of health insurance, complete a health form and submit proof immunization.
- Place out of or complete ENG095 and RDG095 with a grade of C or better.
This program prepares students to function as members of a health care delivery team and to perform administrative and clinical duties. The program prepares students in Healthcare Provider CPR, EKG, and phlebotomy.
Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks
As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.
For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.
Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and physicians’ offices as multi-skilled workers, medical assistants, medical aides, clinical assistants, and clinical practice assistants.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.
Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:
- Assist with the examination and treatment of patients in clinical areas, phlebotomy, and EKG.
- Perform computer and medical office tasks.