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Start Your Career In The Medical Field Today!

One Year Program at the Harrison County Campus in Gulfport, MS

Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health-care delivery team and perform many administrative and clinical procedures.

After completion of the program students are eligible and encouraged to sit for their certification exam. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT), as well as, the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The Medical Assisting Technology Program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 (727-210-2350) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575 Chicago, IL 60606 (1-800-228-2262).

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Program Description

Fall Entry

The business administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining patients’ data; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls, correspondence, reports, and manuscripts; assuming responsibility for office care; and handling insurance matters, office accounts, fees, and collections. The clinical duties vary according to state law and may include preparing patients for examination, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine office laboratory procedures and electrocardiograms, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, sterilizing instruments and equipment for office procedures, and instructing patients in preparation for x-ray and laboratory examinations. Both administrative and clinical duties involve purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment. A medical assistant may also be responsible for personnel and office management.

Program Outcomes

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Course Credit(s)
BIO 2514 - Anatomy and Physiology I (LEC/LAB) 4

Medical Assisting Technology Diploma

Summer Semester

Course Credit(s)
MET 1113 - Medical Terminology 3
MET 1313 - Clinical Procedures I 3
MET 1413 - Medical Law and Ethics 3
MET 1513 - Pharmacology for Medical Asst. 3

Total Credits: 12

Fall Semester

Course Credit(s)
MET 1214 - Medical Business Practices 4
MET 1323 - Clinical Procedures II 3
MET 2224 - Computer Concepts for Medical Assistants 4
MET 2334 - Medical Laboratory for Medical Assistants 4
BAD 2533 - Computer Applications in Business and Industry 3
CSC 1123 - Computer Applications I 3

Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester

Course Credit(s)
MET 2234 - Medical Insurance 4
MET 2613 - Clinical Review 3
MET 2716 - Practicum 6

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits: 47

Eligible to sit for RMA(AMT) and CMA (AAMA)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Course Credit(s)
BIO 2524 - Anatomy and Physiology II (LEC/LAB) 4
ENG 1113 - English Composition I 3
PSY 1513 - General Psychology 3
SPT 1113 - Public Speaking I 3
Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 63

Total Clock Hours: 1,245


Completion Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree

*Check course description in the college catalog for prerequisites.


Jamie Mignott