2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant Certificate

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Program Description

Code 177 - 29 Credits

The Medical Assistant program at Kellogg Community College prepares the student to enter the career of medical assisting. The program includes a rigorous curriculum of coursework, lab and clinical education experience in the patient care departments in hospitals and other healthcare facilities preparing the student for success on the national certification exam. Medical Assistants are multi-skilled professionals trained to assist with office and clinical procedures in medical facilities and outpatient centers under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.

The Medical Assistant program is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student. Clinical learning experiences are provided by affiliating hospitals, clinics and other outpatient facilities. Didactic learning experiences occur in supportive college course work delivered through an online environment and laboratory practice. Both are equally important to the development of a competent medical assistant.

The Medical Assistant program is a certificate program. The program has been developed to be consistent with standards and requirements of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the Medical Assistant program graduates will be eligible to take the national exam.

Accreditation and/or State Board Approved

The Medical Assistant Program at Kellogg Community College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) http://www.caahep.org/. This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted. CAAHEP can be contacted at CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350


See the following link for program admission information: https://kellogg.edu/admissions/.

Clinical Education Access Requirements

Students formally accepted to participate in Allied Health, Emergency Medical Services, or Nursing programs are required to comply with clinical access requirements prior to, and potentially during clinical education placement in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or other clinical education providers. The Program’s Director or Coordinator will provide students with detailed direction and timeline for completing all clinical access requirements.

  • Students are required to undergo a physical examination, immunizations, a drug screen, and criminal background check.
  • Students are required to secure and maintain CPR certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association or Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers from American Red Cross throughout their clinical education participation.
  • Students are required to maintain professional liability insurance according to College policies as required by clinical education providers. The College ensures students are covered with professional liability insurance with the cost collected through lab fees.
  • Students are required to adhere to the uniform and personal appearance standards according to program policies determined by clinical education providers.

Clinical access requirements are determined by the College according to the policies of clinical education providers.

Clinical education providers reserve the right to impose additional requirements at any time to ensure the safety of patients, employees, and students.

Students participating in clinical education are not employees of a clinical education provider or of the College, and therefore are not covered by Workman’s Compensation insurance. It is highly recommended that students maintain personal health insurance while enrolled in an educational program.

Compliance and cost of clinical access requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Latex Environment Statement

Students participating in Allied Health, Emergency Medical Services, or Nursing courses are likely to have contact with latex throughout their educational experience. Due to the broad range of equipment, manikins, materials, and supplies used in the College’s practice and simulation laboratories, and within a vast number of hospitals and other clinical education facilities, students with latex allergies considering any of these programs should direct questions to their physician prior to applying to the program to ensure safe participation in a latex environment.

Positive Drug Screen Statement

Students with a positive drug screen will be deemed ineligible to participate in clinical education.  Furthermore, as clinical education is a critical requirement of nursing, allied health, and emergency medical services programs, the student will be dismissed from their current program of study.  For students who would like to be considered for re-admission, they should refer to their program’s policy of re-admission and direct questions to the program director. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. To prepare students to perform within the ethical and legal boundaries of the Medical Assistant’s scope of practice
  3. To prepare students to integrate and value the needs of the individual patient, within his/her family, culture, society, and health circumstances.
  4. To prepare students to display professionalism and cultural sensitivity while interacting and communicating with providers, staff, and patients.
  5. To prepare students to participate as team players within the various settings of health care delivery.
  6. To prepare students to maintain currency within their field through continuing education.
  7. To prepare students to integrate and promote the Certified Medical Assistant credential.

Professional Certifications


All Medical Assistant coursework, and general education courses, must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher to meet graduation requirements.

For more Medical Assistant program information, see the program webpage: https://kellogg.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-sciences/ma/.

To apply to the Medical Assistant program and begin mapping your course sequence, use this link advising@kellogg.edu to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

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