Image
Young woman in medical scrubs holding clipboard

Medical Assisting - Undergraduate Certificate

The Medical Assisting undergraduate certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this fast-growing field. With experienced faculty, hands-on training, and a focus on real-world applications, you'll be prepared for a rewarding career as a medical assistant. Enroll now and take the first step towards a brighter future in healthcare. Read more...

Geauga Campus Contact

Jannette Wright
Medical Assisting Program Director
Phone: 440-964-3322
Email: jwrig102@kent.edu

 

Geauga MA Students

Scroll down for program application

New Students

Apply Now
Request Info
Schedule a Visit

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Medical Assisting undergraduate certificate prepares graduates to gain knowledge needed for the national certification examinations. Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. They perform administrative and clinical duties in addition to serving as a patient liaison and a member of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team.

The certificate's curriculum is guided by national standards and covers 12 content areas: anatomy and physiology, applied mathematics, infection control, nutrition, communication, administrative functions, basic practices finances, third-party reimbursement, procedural and diagnostic coding, legal implications, ethical considerations and protective practices.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Transfer students or current Kent State students declaring the program must have a minimum 2.000 GPA for admission.

Prior to acceptance into the program, each applicant must meet with the program director to review program prerequisites and requirements.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify, administer and document medications safely utilizing the six rights.
  2. Collect and process and diagnostic specimens with appropriate documentation and follow up.
  3. Apply current up-to-date quality control and safety principles in the workplace.
  4. Skillfully perform and document routine clinical procedures.
  5. Perform and document routine administrative procedures.
  6. Effectively utilize verbal, nonverbal and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
  7. Maintain ethical and legal standards and maintain confidentiality and patient privacy.
  8. Communicate with professionalism in the medical assistant role and function as a valued member of the health care team.
  9. Effectively utilize the electronic health record for documentation and insurance purposes.
  10. Identify medical law and regulatory guidelines as it pertains to the ambulatory setting.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements (min C grade in all courses)
AHS 24010MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1
or HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
BSCI 10001
BSCI 10003
HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS)
and LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB)
3-4
or BSCI 11010 FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
MA 10001FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING 1
MA 10002MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10003PHLEBOTOMY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10004ELECTROCARDIOGRAM FUNDAMENTALS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10005BASIC CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING PROCEDURES 3
MA 10006REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIAN SERVICES 3
MA 10007ADVANCED CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING 4
MA 10092MEDICAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM (ELR) 13
OTEC 26635ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students must be 18 years old or older prior to enrolling in the clinical practicum experience course.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Minor GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Minimum C grade required in all courses.
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
AHS 24010
or HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
or MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
1
BSCI 10001
BSCI 10003
or BSCI 11010
HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS)
and LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB)
or FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
3-4
 Credit Hours4
Semester Two
MA 10001 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING 1
MA 10002 MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10003 PHLEBOTOMY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10004 ELECTROCARDIOGRAM FUNDAMENTALS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 1
MA 10005 BASIC CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING PROCEDURES 3
OTEC 26635 ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
 Credit Hours10
Semester Three
MA 10006 REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIAN SERVICES 3
MA 10007 ADVANCED CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING 4
MA 10092 MEDICAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours10
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Mostly online
  • Location:
    • Ashtabula Campus 
    • Geauga Campus 

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Healthcare support workers, all other

6.9%

faster than the average

96,900

number of jobs

$39,530

potential earnings

Additional Careers
  • Front desk coordinator/receptionist

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Medical Assisting Certificate
Program Application

Students must first be admitted or apply for admission to Kent State University. Visit www.kent.edu/geauga/apply-now for admissions information.

Apply to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program