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Welcome to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program

KPSAHS is excited to announce a Medical Assisting Certificate Program!

Find out more about the program by joining the Medical Assisting Open House on June 11th, 2019, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Register here.

The Medical Assisting certificate program is packed with a robust curriculum that will include hands on training, and over 300 hours of clinical experiences to ensure that students are diversely trained and capable to meet the needs of the various medical facilities throughout Northern California.

Please find the Medical Assisting Certificate Program application here.

Application Deadline: July 12, 2019

Wonderlic Exam Dates: TBD (July, 2019)

Program Start Date: September 30, 2019

Mission Statement

The mission of the medical assisting program at the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences is to educate students with didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences in preparation for a health career as a medical assistant. The graduate will deliver compassionate care in the health care setting and function as an integral member of the health care team with competence and confidence. The program’s rigorous admissions criteria, broad scope of competencies, and academic standards produce graduates who are destined to be the most sought after medical assistants in the area.

Program Description

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program provides didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences to enable students to enter the workforce as entry-level medical assistants after 12 months (4 quarters) of training at KPSAHS. In addition, students will be qualified to work as ECG/EKG technicians (upon successfully passing the NCCT exam), or medical office assistants. Students will learn both front and back office medical office skills performed within the scope of practice of a medical assistant.

Program Structure

The program builds from in-person and hybrid didactic coursework to laboratory training and clinical experience. Clinical experience occurs at partnering medical centers and medical offices in Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. After the first three quarters of didactic and laboratory training, students will begin their clinical experience. Travel to selected health care facilities in the area is to be expected.

Program Schedule

For the first three quarters, students can expect to spend 3 weekdays in the classroom and lab onsite at KPSAHS. Specific scheduled days will be determined prior to the start of the first academic quarter.

During the final quarter, the scheduled hours for clinical experience vary; however, students should anticipate being available during daytime business hours (e.g., 9:00 am - 5:00 pm). Specific scheduled hours will be determined prior to the start of the fourth academic quarter and may vary based on location of health care facility.

Medical Assistant Duties

Medical Assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) Technician Duties

Electrocardiography Technicians assess the heart by looking at its electrical activity. This entry-level position operates and maintains EKG machines. The EKG machines detect and record electronic impulses transmitted by the heart during and between heartbeats.

Physical Requirements

  • Stand and/or walk up to 6 ½ hours throughout an eight (8) hour shift

  • Lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds

  • Operate all laboratory equipment

  • Reach forward 18 inches, bend, crouch, or stoop 20 times per hour

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

  • Possess a high school diploma (or the equivalent), and

  • Achieve a Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) score of 15 or higher, as administered by KPSAHS.

KPSAHS Catalog

Please refer to the Catalog for additional details about this educational program, including the program prerequisites, certification/ licensure requirements, educational goals, program learning outcomes, job duties, physical requirements, length, structure, graduation requirements, and course descriptions.

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