Med Assisting Program set for spring

JJC is welcoming a new member to its medical program family. The Medical Assisting Program will launch in the Spring semester of 2020.

The new program will focus on teaching students the entry-level skills required to become a medical assistant both in administrative and clinical work in just a year.

The program will be three semesters long, and count for 33 credit hours. The first two semesters are mainly lab and lecture based, whereas the final semester consists of 160 hours of real-world experience in clinical settings.

Rudayna Jebara, Medical Assisting Program Coordinator, assures that this will be no easy breezy kind of program. However, students will receive all the information they need, and the hard work will certainly pay off.

“They’ll learn all the skills they need to become entry level medical assistants, and they’ll be prepared to pass that certification exam at the end of their journey here,” said Jebara.

In order to join the program, students are required to have Accuplacer and ALEKS placement tests on file, placing into English 101 and Math 094 level. The clinicals sites they will be assisting will include some additional requirements such as a criminal background check, drug screen, health physical with up to date immunizations, and a current CPR certification.

Students will have many ways to get involved. By enrolling in the program, they will have access to hands-on equipment, such as the simulation lab that provides real life scenarios that can enrich the students’ experiences as a medical assistant.

 New virtual reality equipment will also be available to help prepare students for things such as empathy training, and lessons on anatomy and physiology.

“A medical assistant is part of a multidisciplinary health care team, and they work alongside licensed professionals,” Jebara said. “Medical assistants typically work in outpatient care settings, physician’s offices, immediate care settings, hospitals, chiropractor’s offices, laboratories, the list goes on and on. There’s a variety of settings a medical assistant can work.”

All classes, clinical and administrative, will be taught by professional medical assistants. Students will have the advantage of having professors with real medical assistant experience. Since these professors will have real medical assistant experience, Jebara is hopeful that this will bring a unique teaching experience for students.

Currently, the program will only be offered on JJC’s Main Campus with both day and evening classes. Although, there are plans to expand to other campuses in the future.