Medical Assistants are the only allied health professional specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings (such as physician offices, clinics and group practices). Medical Assistants are multi-skilled personnel who are capable of performing administrative and clinical procedures. A medical assistant performs delegated clinical and administrative duties within the supervising physicians’ scope of practice consistent with medical assisting education, training and experience.
Department of Nursing
|Catherine Ford, Dean
||Health Technologies 121B
|Irene K. Jones, Chair, Nursing Programs
||Heritage Hall 204E
|Michelle Shephard, Assistant Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing
||Heritage Hall 209P
|Alison Chamberlain, Assistant Chair, Clinical Operations, Nursing
||Heritage Hall 204F
|Veronica Burgert, Chair, Medical Assisting Certificate
||Health Technologies 324
|Lori Maynard, Chair, Surgical Programs and Sterile Processing Certificate
||Health Technologies 427
|Michelle Shepard, Assistance Chair, Lab Operations, Nursing Program
||Heritage Hall 204A
|Jill Weiland, STNA Program Manager
||Bicentennial Hall 425A
The Medical Assisting Certificate program on the Toledo campus of Owens Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program(CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Medical Assisting Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Medical Assisting students are members of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
The Chair and full-time faculty of Medical Assisting are also members of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
American Association of Medical Assistants
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-899-1500 or 800-228-2262
Web address: www.aama-ntl.org
Minimum Criteria to be considered for the program:
High school students may apply, but acceptance into the program is contingent upon successful completion of high school and Medical Assisting Program prerequisites.
The following criteria must be submitted and on file in the Records Office by review deadline:
- Application and admission to Owens Community College.
- High school transcript or GED.
- Official college transcripts (if applicable).
- American College Test (ACT) scores and/or SAT scores.
Selection Criteria for Applicant
- Students must be at least 18 years old to enter the Medical Assisting Certificate.
- Students must have any developmental courses completed in reading to be accepted in the Medical Assisting Certificate.
- Students much have a 2.0 GPA by the end of the 1st Semester and be college ready in reading.
Prior to beginning the Medical Assisting Certificate, students must have successfully completed all developmental courses into which they have tested. Developmental courses include: ENG 096. Courses follow a specific sequence (cohort) and must be taken together as indicated. Courses within the cohort are offered once per academic year. It is extremely important to meet with the Academic Advisor and Program Director to plan your course of study. All Medical Assisting Certificate students must earn a “C” or better in each program course and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. Students who do not earn these grades must participate in a mandatory review of their progress with the Program Chair and meet with their Academic Advisor to assess their potential and aptitude to meet program standards. Courses may be repeated one time to meet the Medical Assisting Certificate standards.
A student who receives a “D” or “F” in a Medical Assisting Certificate course may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis. A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons (“D” or “F” in a Medical Assisting course) must complete the following before being considered:The student must complete an academic readmission form. Contact the Academic Advising Office for assistance in the development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.The following requirements must be included in the academic plan for readmission:Written notification to the Department Chair of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester. A 2.0 overall GPA. May be required to pass a lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired skills.The plan then is submitted to the Department Chair and Dean for approval. This plan must be completed and approved to continue enrollment in the College. Students are readmitted on a space available basis. No second readmission will be considered.
Students who leave the Medical Assisting Certificate for other than academic reasons (“D” or “F” in a Dental Assisting course) may request readmission and be readmitted provided there is course seat availability. The Department Chair must be notified in writing of the student’s intention to return to the certificate at least four months prior to the start of the semester.
Students are required to have a physical exam, including an eye exam, before starting third semester. Lab exams are required and include: CBC, Urinalysis, RPR/VDRL, Mumps Titer, 2-Step PPD, Diphtheria Toxoid & Tetanus Toxoid, MMR vaccination record or Rubella Titer, Hepatitis B (3part series). Health Requirements must be completed before the start of the Directed Practice in the third semester.
Directed Practice Experience
As part of this degree, students gain supervised hands on experience enabling them to gain real work experience. During the last semester of the program students will participate in a 160 hour non-paid professional practice experience. Transportation costs, lab coat, etc. are the responsibility of the student.
The qualifying examination for certification as a certified medical assistant is offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants to those graduates of an accredited CAAHEP or ABES program. Accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, graduates will be eligible to apply for certification examination.
The medical assisting program at Owens Community College has a five year average of 88.71% of participating graduates passing their Certified Medical Assistant exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants on their first attempt
Medical assistants perform numerous functions that vary from office to office and continually change within the work environment. Interaction with other people, handling several responsibilities at once and dealing with the public are some of the everyday tasks required of a medical assistant. Being well groomed and displaying a courteous pleasant manner will enable you to put patients at ease and explain the physician’s instructions. These individuals perform a variety of technical health care functions including vital signs, injections, venipunctures, filing and appointment scheduling. You will work as a member of the allied health care team under the supervision of a physician’s scope of practice.
The skills acquired through the Medical Assisting Certificate program, as well as successful completion of the national certification exam, qualify graduates for positions in:
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Specialty physician practices
Nursing Care Facilities
Medical Insurance offices
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
Behavioral Health Facilities
Public and Private Educational Facilities
The Medical Assisting Certificate program at Owens Community College has a job placement rate average of 76% over the past five years.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to scholarships and financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378 Email: email@example.com