Advanced Skill Set Certificate

Cunningham, Amy

Coordinator of Health Information Technology
Professor of Health Information Technology
116K Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Drive, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The Medical Administrative Assistant Advanced Skill Set provides students with the opportunity to attain skills and education necessary to support healthcare operations and ensure that healthcare facilities and offices run smoothly and efficiently.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Explain medical terms  that are commonly used in healthcare organizations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of office policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate understanding of federal regulations, including OSHA, CMS, and HIPAA.
  • Perform and arrange patient scheduling
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles and purpose of coding

Completers who obtain the Medical Administrative Assistant Advanced Skill Set have the option of obtaining certification with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) as a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).

Medical administrative assistants with an Advanced Skill Set can go on to entry-level positions as a medical secretary, customer service representative, front office staff and more. Working environments include physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Employment in this field is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Admission into the Medical Administrative Assistant Advanced Skill Set is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Apply to Pierpont Community & Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
    1. First-time students should select "Health Sciences: Medical Admin Assistant" as their educational goal on their application.
    2. Current students will need to complete a Change of Major form and select "Medical Administrative Assistant (Adv Skill Set)" as their requested major.      
  2. Have a high school and/or college GPA of 2.0 or better or passing score on High School Equivalency Exam.
Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 
  • To remain in and complete the Medical Administrative Assistant Advanced Skill Set, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. Failure to meet this requirement will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons may again request admission to the program.
Notice to Students: 

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. A flagged criminal background​​ alert may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical placement.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
12 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology

HLIN 1100

Fundamentals of Health Information

HLIN 1112

Introduction to Medical Administrative Assistant

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory