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Medical Assistant Certificate Perks

  • This is a 12-month certificate program.
  • Students who successfully complete program requirements will be awarded a certificate in Medical Assistant.
  • Students will gain experience in a fully-equipped laboratory prior to entering the clinical setting where they will receive 300 hours of hands-on clinical experience.
  • Graduates are required to take the AAMA exam for professional certification prior to graduation.
  • Students able to transfer their contact hours for block credit, should they decide to continue their education in the Health Studies associate degree completion program.
  • The program includes a total of 930 clock hours.
  • Flexible hours: classes meet Tuesday-Friday 8:30am- 2:30pm in Terms 1, 11 and III, and 8am-5pm Monday-Friday in Term IV.
  • The expertise of a healthcare college - this is what we do BEST!
  • Assistance with securing financial aid and scholarships needed to attend.

If you are a people person interested in the field of healthcare, our medical assistant program might be the right choice for you. NMC's Medical Assistant program is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and training you'll need to do well in a variety of healthcare settings.

Medical Assistants work in doctor offices and clinics, hospitals and outpatient facilities as well as nursing and residential care facilities.

Their responsibilities can range from providing administrative support, scheduling appointments, managing correspondence and bookkeeping to taking patient medical histories, providing patient education and preparing specimens and exam rooms.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the median medical assistant salary in the U.S. in May of 2019 was $34, 800 per year ($16.73 per hour), with a much-faster-than-average projected growth rate of 23 percent between 2018 and 2028.
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Accreditation

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763.  (727) 210-2350. www.caahep.org.

CAAHEP

Costs & Financial Aid

Attending Nebraska Methodist College represents a major investment in your future. For most students, attending college takes planning and sacrifice. NMC recognizes that and is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees for the medical assistant program.

Medical Assistant: $13,018

Includes: tuition, fees, and books. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Effective July 1, 2016, a student may choose to opt-out of including books and supplies in the tuition fee by submitting a "Request to Opt-Out" form by the first day of class of the first semester to the NMC Business Office.  Please see the "Medical Assistant Books and Supplies Fee Opt-Out Policy" for more information.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

Financial Aid
Medical Assistant Program $13,018

Admissions

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Demonstration of success in science and math courses, from high school or college
  • Demonstration of good physical health
  • Demonstration of good written and verbal communication skills
  • College courses for transfer must be earned at a regionally accredited college and must be completed with a C- grade or above
  • Fulfillment of program technical standards
Deadlines

Prospective medical assistant students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Qualified applicants will meet with an admissions recruiter as part of the process. The meeting will be scheduled upon receipt of all application materials. Students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Requirements

To be considered for the admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2021
  • Rolling

Curriculum

All students in the medical assistant program are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

A challenge test is offered for CMA 155 Applied Math Concepts. No other courses may be challenged or given credit for experiential learning, however, transfer credit from other regionally-accredited institutions may be accepted for designated CMA courses.

CMA 100
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
 20 clock hours
Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr Medical Terminology This course introduces the student to the prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and root words of medical language used in the healthcare professions. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, defining, and pronunciation of medical terminology. The course is supplemented with a series of fourteen unique audio-visual presentations using audionyms associated with each word part to aid in the student's learning.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 110
STRUCTURE & FUNCTION OF THE HUMAN BODY
 80 clock hours
Transfer credit accepted: 5 cr College Human Anatomy/Physiology This course includes the basic study of human anatomy and physiology by examining cell function, tissues, the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the structure and function of the digestive, urinary, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, and reproductive structures.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 120
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING I
 30 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted This course introduces the student to the theory and practical components of clinical medical assisting.  Included are discussions and applications of standard precautions, OSHA regulations, the chain of infection, microorganisms, aseptic technique, sanitization, and sterilization.  Patient assessment, proper documentation, and the taking and recording of vital signs and patient histories will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 155
APPLIED MATH CONCEPTS
 20 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. May be challenged by a passing grade on the math competency examination administered at the time of the first class. This course includes a basic math review that includes fractions, decimals, Roman numerals, ratio and proportions, and measurement systems utilized in healthcare.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 160
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
 30 clock hours
Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr English Composition This course is designed to help students develop confidence in reading, critical thinking, and writing at the certificate level. A variety of reading and writing assignments as well as intensive practice, discussion, and collaborative writing techniques in class help students to improve basic writing skills

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 175
PRINCIPLES OF LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
 20 clock hours
Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr Lifespan Development This course introduces concepts related to the ongoing developmental process of the human lifespan including physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and personality development.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 205
HUMAN DISEASES & DISORDERS
 60 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course introduces students to the most common diseases and disorders in the ambulatory care setting. Diagnoses, symptoms, treatments, and pharmaceuticals for these diseases and disorders will also be introduced. Material in this course is discussed as it pertains to different body systems and age groups.

Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 225
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING II: CLINICAL SKILLS/PROCEDURES
 40 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course is a continuation of CMA 120. It includes discussions and applications involving the preparation of the patient for routine and specialty examinations and procedures, and the assisting of the physician in these routine and specialty exams. The course will cover the specialties of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Orthopedic, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Cardiology including performing ECG's. 

Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 230
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT I
 40 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted This course introduces students to the administrative skills and functions needed by a medical assistant in the medical office setting. Organizational and communication skills are incorporated into patient information gathering, medical records management,  patient scheduling, and acting in the receptionist roles as students learn and demonstrate competency in these "front office" skills.  Local and National organizations for medical assistants are also emphasized. Confidentiality is stressed.

Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 250
ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY I
 30 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted This course provides students with the knowledge and practical experience to demonstrate competence in medication administration techniques including intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, oral, rectal, topical, and sublingual. The Z-Track route is also discussed. Medication calculations, terminology, and abbreviations are utilized. Students also focus on proper documentation of medication administration.

Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 263
PERSONAL INTERACTIVE SKILLS FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL
 30 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course focuses on professionalism issues in pt. and coworker communication and behaviors. It provides an introduction to verbal and non-verbal techniques necessary for effective communication. Topics include conflict resolution, personal boundaries, elements of professional communication and barriers to effective communication.

Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 328
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING III
 40 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course is a continuation of CMA 120 and CMA 225. Students discuss and apply the preparation of patients for routine and specialty exams and the techniques needed to assist the physician with these exams and procedures. This course includes the preparation for assisting with minor surgeries and other sterile procedures. The specialty areas covered in this course include diagnostic imaging, gastroenterology, urology and male reproduction, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and office surgical care.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 335
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT II
 30 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course is a continuation of CMA 230. Content in this class includes bookkeeping, banking related to office management, billing, personnel and office management, and transcription. Continuation of computerized medical office practice focuses on billing and bookkeeping. An understanding of the uses and functions of office policy and procedure manuals and the revision process of these policies is included.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 340
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE
 60 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course introduces the student to basic laboratory skills emphasizing waived tests normally performed in a medical office lab. Emphasis is placed on point-of-care testing and quality control processes related to POCT. The course will cover proper specimen collection, handling, processing, and performance of tests on laboratory specimens.  Specimen collection includes venipuncture and capillary draws. All procedures conform to CLIA'88, OSHA, and CLSI standards.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 353
ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY II
 30 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course is a continuation of CMA 250. This course provides the student with the basic concepts of drug classifications, drug actions and indications. Drug dosage of frequently prescribed drugs, along with their contraindications and precautions for use are included. Medication and immunization documentation will be preformed. An overview of the principles of IV medication administration and technique will also be discussed. Students will also demonstrate a maintained competency in giving injections as completed in Essentials of Pharmacology I.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 365
APPLIED ETHICS & LAW FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT
 20 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course introduces students to legal and ethical concepts related to healthcare, especially within the medical office. In addition, behavior as guided by professional scope of practice, codes of ethics and standards of care is addressed.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 370
INSURANCE & MEDICAL CODING FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE
 20 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This course provides education in coding systems, including ICD-9 and CPT, and third-party billing utilized in physician's offices for billing. An overview of the types of insurance providers and their impact on reimbursement will also be included. Special attention is given to claims processing issues.

Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 400
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP
 300 clock hours
No transfer credit accepted. This externship provides the student with the practical opportunity to develop as a professional and gain proficiency in the clinical and administrative skills included in the entry-level Medical Assistant role.  The students will apply the practical and theoretical knowledge learned in the last three (3) Terms to the live clinical setting. 

Prerequisites: All Term I, Term II, and Term III courses. 

CMA 430
MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR
 30 clock hours
This course covers topics used to help entry-level MA's pass the national Certification Exam, gain employment and adjust to the professional work environment. It is a hybrid course completed partially online and partially in classroom activities.

Meet The Faculty

Our medical assistant program faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

Medical Assistant Program Student Outcomes

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska had a 100% Job Placement for the students that graduated from the program in August of 2018. This is based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The employers of our graduates are also satisfied, as the outcome for employer satisfaction was 100% for these graduates.

Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable.  Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
NMC Admissions
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  1. An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who exhibits breadth of learning through the liberal arts and sciences traditions in concert with professional education. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators, and as change agents.

    Please first address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?

  2. Reflective Individual: A reflective individual consistently uses logic and critical thinking in all aspects of life. Select one of the following classes that you have taken: English Composition, Literature, History, Government, Psychology, or Sociology.

    Share what was most interesting to you in this class. How might you apply what you learned to the healthcare field? If you do not have recent classes to reflect upon, you may reflect on a personal experience that you had and how what you learned from the experience can be applied to healthcare.

  3. Effective Communicator: Effective communicators express their ideas through talking, non-verbal communication, writing, and sometimes speaking languages other than English.

    Describe the type of communication listed above you feel most comfortable using. Give a specific example of a time when you exhibited strong communication skills and what the result was of this communication. For example, did you resolve a problem, put someone at ease, or help someone understand a complicated situation?

  4. Change Agent: One of the goals of our undergraduate education is to assist students in becoming agents of change. We create positive change when we work effectively in groups and bring individuals together for a common purpose. These skills are challenging and require patience and practice.

    Describe an experience you have had as a member of a group. Select a particular situation when a problem arose in that group and write about how you responded to it. You may select an experience that went well or one that you wish you could "do over."

  5. Please address any grades of D's or F's listed on your transcripts.  Also, please address withdrawals or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable. 

Medical Assistant Technical Standards

It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of  your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Medical Assisting at the O*NET website.

Motor

  • Apply general care & emergency treatment to patients
  • Help lift patients who may be unable to move themselves to and from the examination table.
  • Lift and move objects routinely (50 pounds or more )
  • Manipulate mechanical and patient care equipment.
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Work standing on his/her feet 80% of the time.
  • Have full use of hands, wrists and shoulders involving the coordination of muscular movements, equilibrium, and sensation.

Cognitive Domain

  • Read and comprehend written instructions, patients’ charts, and other written material.

  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations
  • Demonstrate sufficient analytical and critical thinking skills to provide quality patient care in keeping with professional standards of the MA profession.
  • Function safely, responsibly and effectively under stressful situations including medical emergencies.

Communication

  • Possess sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) to interact with others.

  • Be able to hear and observe clinical staff and patients in order to accurately assess vital signs, elicit information, perceive nonverbal communications, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and recognize and respond to an emergency situation.
  • Possess appropriate interpersonal communication skills to interact positively with all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
  • Apply the principles of confidentiality, respect, and discretion.
  • Affective Domain (Social/Emotional): The MA student must:
  • Demonstrate professional attributes including accepting responsibility and accountability for actions in the medical office setting, a positive work ethic that includes showing up to class and clinic on-time and being emotionally and academically prepared to carry out the days assignments in a professional manner.
  • A student must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility, and be able to function as a team member in the delivery of patient care. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values.

It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Medical Assisting at the O*NET website.

Professional Organizations for Certified Medical Assistants

Medical Assistant Certificate Guide

Medical Assistant Certificate Guide

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