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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 19 percent between 2019 and 2029.
Program 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.
CAAHEP

Accreditation & Licensure

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.

Admissions Information

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
  • Non-Nebraska residents or students planning to practice outside the state of Nebraska meet State Authorization requirements.

Requirements

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

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.

Starting Term - Fall 2021

Standard Deadline - Rolling

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC 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.

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:

Medical Assistant Program

$13,018

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

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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.

First year - First Semester

BIO 225
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
DETAILS
This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed/introduced in both the classroom and laboratory settings. Students are introduced to the eleven body systems. This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems. Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

COM 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
DETAILS
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

MAT 120
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
DETAILS
This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies study of the following topics: equations and inequalities, the concept of functions and their graphs, exponents, logarithms, matrices and polynomials.

Prerequisite: MAT 110

PSY 101/215
PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
DETAILS
PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

SCI 116
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
DETAILS
This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

First year - Second Semester

BIO 226
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
DETAILS
The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

Prerequisites: BIO 225 Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
DETAILS
There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

PHY 101
PHYSICS I
DETAILS
This course teaches the fundamentals of physics which include: kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work and energy, sound and light waves, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. This lab includes experiments relevant to the material explored in Physics I.

Prerequisites: MAT 110

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
DETAILS
This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

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
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Additional information

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.

Professional Organizations for Certified Medical Assistants

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. 

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.