The Medical Assistant curriculum prepares students to become valuable members of the health care professional team, of prime importance in helping physicians respond successfully to a rapidly changing environment. Northampton developed its specialized diploma program in response to requests from physicians who were looking for workers trained in both office and clinical skills. The coursework includes classroom and lab instruction, and commences with hands-on clinical instruction in physician offices. As assistants in the clinical setting, graduates perform duties such as checking vital signs, exam room preparation, patient data collection, simple dressing changes, lab tests, phlebotomy, medication instruction and EKGs.
The specialized diploma can be completed in one calendar year and allows successful students to gain employment at the earliest point in their academic program. Students can also choose to continue their studies in a specialized field through direct articulation with other Office Administration programs.
After acceptance into the program, students are required to carry and maintain health insurance, have a physical examination and required lab tests and screenings, and submit certificates in Basic Life Support for Health Care providers. After completing the program, students can sit for the Registered Medical Assistant American Medical Technologist (RMA-AMT) Certification Exam. The program faculty will distribute information about the exam to students at the conclusion of the program.
This is a selective admission program. In order to be considered, applicants must submit an application and all transcripts by February 1st for a fall semester start. Minimum admission requirements to the program include: 1) one year of HS biology or NCC equivalent (BIOS105, 107, 115) with a grade of C or better, and 2) one year of HS algebra with a grade of C or better or NCC equivalent (MATH022 or ENGL101 eligibility).