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The Medical Assistant Certificate program at SUNY Sullivan prepares individuals for work in doctors’ offices, medical centers, clinics and other health care facilities. Students will learn how to perform routine administrative, clinical, and laboratory tasks which allow these facilities to run efficiently. Students will study medical office administration and procedures as well as acquire the more specialized medical knowledge and skills needed to assist with many facets of patient care. The program culminates with the Medical Assisting Externship where students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a clinical setting.

After completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities and limitations of the medical assistant’s role in the workplace.
  2. Define the professional role and “scope of practice” of a practicing medical assistant.
  3. Demonstrate the use of established protocols used to perform patient screening, such as taking medical histories and recording vital signs.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication of doctors’ orders for prescriptions to pharmacies.
  5. Demonstrate the scheduling of appointments and preparation of billing and insurance forms using related software applications and procedures.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to assist the physician with patient care and the performance of venipuncture, electrocardiography, and CLIA waived hematology, chemistry, urinalysis and immunology testing.