Medical Practice — Clinical Management

Program Information

Program Code: 
MPCM.AAS...
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
2006
Contact: 
Health Careers - (313) 845-9877 - healthcareers@hfcc.edu
Description: 

The Medical Practice - Clinical Management program is a 1 + 1 program that will lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree centered around the Medical Assistant. The first portion of this program focuses upon the preparation of the Medical Assistant, while the second portion of the program builds upon that foundation preparing the medical assistant to then perform routine administrative duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. Students may elect to stop out at either one of the two stages depending upon their career or educational objectives.

  • Medical (Office) Assistant, Level II Certificate of Achievement, 36 credit hours
  • Medical Practice - Clinical Management Associate in Applied Science degree, 66 credit hours.

This program prepares individuals for increasing management responsibility within the medical office or clinic. Upon successful completion of the Medical Practice - Clinical Management Associate in Applied Science degree program students may elect to transfer to a college or university to complete an advanced degree which offers additional career options and opportunities.

Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-824- 9611, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center, room LRC 121).

This program may be completed in two years by attending full time, or it may be extended following a part-time schedule. In either case, careful scheduling is essential. Students are encouraged to consult the Health Career Advisor in order to develop an individual educational plan. For additional information or an appointment, students should contact the Health Careers Office at 313-845-9877.

Career Opportunities: 

According to recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2030 as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and a growing aging population.

Employment growth will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Information about career placement and job success is available through either the Health Careers Office or the College Placement Office.

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants who consider a career in medical assisting should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment they are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is possible. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the medical assistant program of study.

Latex

Gloves, tubing and other products used in patient care are frequently made of latex, although an effort has been made to convert to the use of non-latex medical products. Contact with latex products can result in an allergic reaction. Early recognition of this sensitivity is crucial to protecting health care workers. The Medical Assistant Program strongly advises students with these allergies to consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health career.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, students graduating from medical assistant programs accredited through CAAHEP or ABHES (Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools) are eligible and required to sit for either of the following certification examinations for medical assistants. Each credential is equal in weight, importance and acceptance for future employment.

CMAs and RMAs receive a better salary than those without credentials. Employers prefer medical assistants from accredited programs with profession al certification.

  • The American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) offers the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) examination. The CMA is a national certification.
  • The American Medical Technologist (AMT) offers the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) examination. The RMA credential is an international certification.
Accreditation: 

The medical assistant portion of the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 
  • A minimum high school grade-point average of C+ (2.5) or a minimum average score of 55 on the GED test, or a minimum college grade-point average of C (2.25) for both transfer students and Henry Ford Community College students.
  • An ASSET/COMPASS score of 43/84 or successful completion of ENG 081.
  • An ASSET Numerical Skills score of 40 or higher; or a COMPASS PRE-Algebra score of 39 or higher; or completion of MATH 101 or MATH 074 with a C grade or better.
  • Successful completion of BCA 101 with a grade of B or better, or typing proficiency of at least 30 words per minute.

The program is restricted, has a limited enrollment and admits students based on space availability. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are highly encouraged to complete their admission requirements as early as possible.

Additional Program Requirements: 

Accreditation standards require that students do not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from any Clinical site for any portion of their clinical externship 
(MOA 190 – Medical Office Externship). In order to begin the clinical procedures course of the MOA Program, MOA 150, students must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • MOA 100, MOA 110, MOA 120, AH 100 and BIO 134 or BIO 233/BIO 234 all with a C grade or better

During the program the students will be required to submit proof of all of the following by designated program deadlines:

  • Active Health Insurance coverage
  • Completion of Physical Examination

  • Evidence of required immunizations

  • AHA, BLS for Healthcare Providers certification

  • Valid driver’s license or state issued identification card
 with a picture
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Clearance
Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

All educational experiences are under the guidance of the MOA program. Student progress is evaluated in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting throughout the program. Progression in the program is based upon the student meeting the following requirements:

  1. Adherence to the program requirements outlined in the MOA Student Handbook.
  2. Achievement of a minimum grade of C or better in all MOA and required courses including the last in the sequence (MOA 190).
  3. Maintenance of an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
  4. All MOA courses taken at HFCC must be successfully completed within three consecutive calendar years.

The college reserves the right to change policies in effect at the time of catalog publication. The Medical Assistant program continuously updates its program of study to meet changing health care needs and the requirements of our accreditation agencies and clinical affiliates.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
66 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Associate in Applied Science Degree 
Requirements

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. It should be noted that courses listed in the Required Core Courses and Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and Required Support Courses for this degree, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate Degree in Applied Science, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Elective Courses

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate’s degree. No more than six credit hours may come from developmental courses (courses numbered below 100).

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.