Medical Assistant Certificate - M010



  • Overview

    This certificate program prepares students for employment in health care clinics, hospitals, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies or physician's offices.

    Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

    • Maintain electronic health records for patient data, reimbursement, claims submission and payment.
    • Perform basic phlebotomy techniques.
    • Describe the major organ systems and pathological conditions that affect the human body.
    • Perform electrocardiography procedures.
    • Describe the major drug classifications, regarding indications and mechanisms of action, and potential for drug-drug or drug-food interactions.
    • Obtain patient history, vital signs and prepare the patient for examination.

    Upon successful completion of the medical assisting registry exam, as administered by the American Medical Technologists, the student will become a registered medical assistant (RMA).

    Drug Screening Policy

    Several Health Care facilities affiliated with the College's Health Division are now requiring that students have a negative drug screen prior to beginning clinical experiences in their facility. In addition, a clinical facility may require the student to submit and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that facility. Therefore, passing a drug screen will now be considered an essential function for all students participating in the Health Division programs. If a student fails drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible for clinical placement. Failure and/or refusal for drug screening are grounds for immediate removal from the Health Division program. Students will be provided with the drug screen procedure during the orientation process. All screening will be at the student's own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Division of Health's exclusive laboratory for student drug testing.

    Acceptance to the Medical Assistant Certificate Program will be on a selective basis.

    • Students must be eligible for ENG 101.
    • Successful completion of HTH 114 Medical Terminology and PSY 110 Intro to Psychology with a C or better.
    • Prospective students must file an application with the Admissions office.

    Once accepted to the program, students are required to attend the Medical Assistant Orientation.

    • All academic MEA courses are offered in the evening only.
    • There will be a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the program.
    • A grade of C or better in all MEA course work is required.
    • Students are required to have updated physical and immunizations.
    • Students must complete a CORI / SORI screening upon acceptance into the program and before externship.
    • Clinical Externships are approximately 25 hours per week (160 total) in facilities with primarily daytime hours.
    • Students who have completed BIO 111 or BIO 217 and BIO 218 with a C or better within the last seven years do not need to take MEA 109.

    Gainful Employment Disclosure


    • Certificate

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040