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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, CTS

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Program Description

This program prepares students for employment in private and large group physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, medical records, laboratories and/or insurance companies. Supervised and/or preceptor based clinical externships are included. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling in upper-level courses and continuing in the program. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification exam for Medical Assistants.

Program Goals

  • To enable students to acquire the educational competencies expected of a certificate of technical studies graduate
  • To teach basic theoretical and clinical concepts which will prepare students for entry-level as Medical Assistants (MA)
  • To provide students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to function effectively in the workplace

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Assistant will:

  • Comprehend introductory anatomy and physiology; MA law and ethics, administrative and clinical procedures, pharmacology, coding, and insurance procedures and professionalism needed for success on the job. 

  • Demonstrate skills training and clinical experiences necessary to secure employment in the healthcare industry and make immediate and future decisions regarding job choices and educational growth.

Program Cycles



Abbeville Fall Start
Crowley Fall Start
Opelousas Fall Start
Ville Platte Fall Start

Applying for the Program

Before applying all applicants should read the complete program packet for Medical Assistant

Specific Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn the Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Assistant from South Louisiana Community College must: 

  • Submit a History & Physical examination report certifying they are physically and emotionally fit for the program.
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or Chest x-ray.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations.
  • Pass a background check and a drug screen.
  • Possess a CPR card for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
  • Purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by the instructor.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites, any additional trainings, or any extra-curricular activities.
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.   
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.

Total Credit Hours: 32


CTS: Medical Assistant Total Credits: 32

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses.

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