Dec 04, 2021  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assisting Certificate

CIP: 51.0801
School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math, 505-428-1907

This three-semester program encompasses the competencies needed by a professional medical assistant. Specific education includes performing administrative and clinical procedures in settings such as physician offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Courses are sequenced to build skill level. Medical assisting is a growing occupation in New Mexico and the United States. This program of study is oriented to students who have an aptitude for organization and health care systems.

The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains essential to providing competent and caring services.

Students can earn the following degree realted to this certificate:

Medical Assisting, A.A.S.  

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Perform major operational functions of the medical office, including basic medical bookkeeping, scheduling and other office functions.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients of varying ages, cultures and education levels.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with medical personnel.
  • Accurately and safely perform laboratory testing and specimen preparation.
  • Measure vital signs and prepare patients for examinations and clinical tests.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various biomedical legal and ethical issues.

Program Prerequisites (14 Credits)

NOTE: Skill Level Equivalents are prerequisites for entering the Certificate in Medical Assisting Program and must be completed before applying to the program. 

Total 32.5 Credits