Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Evening Program is currently accepting applications for the spring semester.  We meet Monday through Friday 3:15 until 10:00 pm.  If interested, you may find the program application within the program packet linked on this page.  If you have any questions, please call Nancy Draper 423-493-8818 or email nancy.draper@chattanoogastate.edu

Students receive a combination of classroom study, practice in the campus laboratory, and clinical and administrative practice in local physicians' offices. The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Program reports employer satisfaction rate of 100% over five years.

Download the Medical Assistant Program Application Packet

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 79%
  • Average Earnings $29,610 / yr
  • Cost $4705
Gainful Employment Details

About Program

Our goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.  The major emphasis of the program is placed on clinical, administrative and general physician office practices.  The Medical Assistant program prepares students to assume the role of health professionals in the field of medical assisting by providing technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed.  Students receive individualized instruction providing a combination of classroom study, practice in the campus laboratory, and clinical and administrative practice which is gained through student externships in local physicians’ offices.

The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Address:
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158,
Clearwater, FL 33763,
Phone:. 727-210-2350
Fax 727-210-2354 
Websitewww.caahep.org,

Medical assistants held about 495,970 jobs in 2009. About 62 percent were in physicians’ offices, and about 12 percent were in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities and almost 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and podiatrists. The rest worked mostly in

Outpatient care centers, public and private educational services, other ambulatory health care services, State and local government agencies, medical and diagnostic laboratories, nursing care facilities, and employment services.

Medical assistants are in demand!  Medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and out-patient care facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants

Job Expectations

Medical assistants work in well-lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with people and may have to handle several responsibilities at once.  Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work part-time, evenings and/or weekends.

Expected Earnings

The earnings of medical assistants vary, depending on experience, skill level, and location. The median annual income for medical assistants was $29,889 in May 2013.  The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $41,910 a year.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall (day classes) or spring (evening classes). Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening Classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 22 students in each class

Third semester students (day & evening), perform a 40hr/wk practicum in a physicians office

Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45 – 2:30 3:15pm – 10:00pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45 – 2:30 3:15pm – 10:00pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45 – 2:45 TBA Monday - Friday

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours - *(Tuition will increase every fall semester)
*Fall 450 hours $1,235.00
Spring 450 hours $1,235.00
Summer 390 hours $1,235.00
Additional Cost (estimate) $500 .00
Books (estimate) $618.25

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

The cost of textbooks for the Medical Assisting program is approximately $618.25

Required Textbooks:

  • McGraw Hill, Medical Assisting 5e edition, ISBN 9780073374543
  • McGraw Hill, Medical Assisting 5e edition, ISBN 9780077340094

The above books are bundled at a price that includes text, workbook and Connect Plus+. The bundle: $223.25

  • Exploring Medical Language, ISBN-9780323077118 - $109.00
  • McGraw Hill, Practice Management and EHR, ISBN-9780078063388 - $158.25
  • Basic Keyboarding and Formatting, ISBN-97814081811892 - $127.75

 

Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • MO 104 Medical Typewriting & Keyboarding Skills 60
  • MO 106 Communications in Allied Health 60
  • MO 105 Professional Orientation 30
  • MO 102 Exam Room Technique I 120
  • MO 103 Medical Terminology 75
  • MO 101 Body Structure and Functioning I 105

Spring Semester

  • MO 206 Medical Office Procedures 90
  • MO 202 Exam Room Techniques II 120
  • MO 203 Medical Calculations and Pharmacology 90
  • MO 207 Psychology 20
  • MO 201 Body Structure and Functioning II 105
  • MO 204 First Aid 20
  • MO 208 Nutrition 20
  • MO 205 Laboratory Procedures 45

Summer Semester

  • MO 305 Laboratory Procedures 70
  • MO 301 Medical Externship 320