Medical Assistant Technology

This program is a Selective Program. Application requirements are included in the description below.

Medical Assistant Technology

Certificate and Associate of Applied Science

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals with a strong background in basic patient care and assessment; medical laboratory procedures including performing routine blood and urine analysis; appropriate emergency medical care procedures; problem-solving skills; effective teamwork, oral and written communication skills; and proper medical office administrative procedures for managing medical records, medical transcription, and medical insurance billing. As part of the degree plan, students will complete an internship enabling them to gain real medical office experience.

South Texas College has been approved to serve as a proctoring site for students seeking certification by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Upon successful completion of the coursework students are eligible to participate in any of the national examinations offered by NCCT for multiple credentials including the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA), National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA), Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT), and the National Certified ECG Technician (NCET).

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu or contact the Medical Assistant Technology Program at 956-872-3018.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent
  3. AAS Degree Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Level 2 Certificate Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards, or complete developmental classes with a grade of “C” or better or course placement as follows:
    • Completion of INRW 0304 Integrated Reading and Writing or equivalent.
    • Completion of INRW 0304 Integrated Reading and Writing or equivalent.
    • Completion of MATH 0200 Developmental Mathematics II or equivalent.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed at STC
  6. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series.
  7. Submit a completed program application.

Program Application

Program applications are available from Medical Assistant Technology faculty and will be discussed and completed during advisement prior to registration. Please contact the Program office at 956-872- 3018 for additional information or appointment with program faculty.

NOTE: Please see program web page for additional information regarding the application process at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant Technology, a student must meet all college graduation requirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree plan with a minimum grade of “C”.

Medical Office Specialist

Certificate

The Medical Office Specialist is a health care worker with medical office administrative skills for managing the front office, medical records, and medical insurance billing. As part of the degree plan, students will complete an internship enabling them to gain real medical front office experience.

Martin Garza, MD, DLC Pediatric Center, Edinburg
Norma Gutierrez, MA, Alfredo V. Gonzalez, MD PA, Pharr
Grace Lawson, Executive Director, El Milagro Clinic, McAllen
Gloria Sandoval, NCMA, DLC Pediatric Center, Edinburg
Petra Treviño, El Milagro Clinic, McAllen
Martha Leos, Education Supervisor, Access Esperanza Clinics, McAllen
Juan Carlos Garcia, MA, Industrial Health Works, McAllen
Delia Martinez, Clinic Administrator, Samuel Garcia, Jr., MD, McAllen
Nereyda Fiala, MA, Samuel Garcia, Jr., MD, McAllen
Azucena Molina, MA, Mario Anzalduas, MD, Mission
Gerardo Maya, MA, Preventive Health Solutions, McAllen
Debra Franco, South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association

Medical Assistant Technology Certificate

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3
MDCA 1409
Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants
or Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
4
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1166 Practicum I 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MDCA 1348 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications 3
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 3
PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants 2
MDCA 1167 Practicum II 1
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
MDCA 1317 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
or Lifespan Growth and Development
3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communications  
Business and Professional Communication  
MDCA 1254 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 2
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours39 Credit Hours

Medical Office Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1409
Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants
or Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
4
MDCA 1166 Practicum I 1
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours16 Credit Hours

Medical Assistant Technology Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3
MDCA 1409
Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants
or Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
4
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1166 Practicum I 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MDCA 1348 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications 3
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 3
PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants 2
MDCA 1167 Practicum II 1
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session I
Math and Natural Sciences Elective 1 3-4
Select one of the following:
 
Anatomy and Physiology I  
Anatomy and Physiology II  
College Algebra  
Contemporary Mathematics  
 Credit Hours3-4
Third Semester
Humanities Elective 1 3
MDCA 1317 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology 1
or Lifespan Growth and Development
3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communications  
Business and Professional Communication  
MDCA 1254 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 2
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I for Non-Spanish Speakers 4
HITT 2371 Current Procedural Terminology Coding CPT-4 3
MDCA 2266 CAPSTONE: Practicum III 2
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60-61 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement