At a Glance:


Floyd: Jennifer Stephenson

Jennifer Stephenson, Program Director & Instructor of Medical Assisting
Office: H202
Phone: 706-295-6479
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies , Medical Assisting

Floyd: Sharon Vaughan

Sharon Vaughan, Practicum Coordinator & Instructor of Medical Assisting
Office: H203
Phone: 706-295-6967
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies , Medical Assisting

Walker: Martha Smith

Martha Smith, Assistant Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Technologies; Practicum Coordinator & Instructor of Medical Assisting
Office: 5200
Phone: 706-764-3544
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies , Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting (MA22)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Walker County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.

Program Goal: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The Medical Assisting diploma program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Telephone: 727-210-2350

Entrance Dates: Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum. Fall semester for occupational curriculum.

Gainful Employment Information

Program Outcomes

Entrance Requirements

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into occupational program curriculum

1) Completion of application and related procedures;
2) Successful completion of the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. (PSB) entrance exam. The student may reattempt the PSB entrance exam up to three attempts.
3) Ability to comply with health-related standards and meet minimum essential skill requirements. Documentation of the Technical Standards Assessment Form.
4) Documentation of immunization records.
5) Payment of fees for liability insurance.
6) Documentation of current CPR certification.
7) Completion of background check and drug screen.

Retention Policies:
1) Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. A 'C' must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next step in the Medical Assisting program.
2) Students must attain a numerical grade of 70 or better in each Medical Assisting course, including clinical rotations, to progress in the program.
3) A student must maintain CPR certification and carry professional liability insurance while enrolled in Medical Assisting courses.

Readmission Policies: All current admission requirements must be met before applying for readmission.

Program Final Exit Point: Graduates from the Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become certified medical assistants.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Pre-Occupational Curriculum (19 hours)
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Occupational Curriculum (35 hours)
Introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant*s role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical assisting; introduction to medical law; physician/patient/assistant relationship; medical office in litigation; as well as ethics, bioethical issues and HIPAA.
Introduces medication therapy with emphasis on safety; classification of medications; their actions; side effects; medication and food interactions and adverse reactions. Also introduces basic methods of arithmetic used in the administration of medications. Topics include: introductory pharmacology; dosage calculation; sources and forms of medications; medication classification; and medication effects on the body systems.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: office protocol, time management, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, medical references, mail services, medical records, and professional communication.
Introduces the skills necessary for assisting the physician with a complete history and physical in all types of medical practices. The course includes skills necessary for sterilizing instruments and equipment and setting up sterile trays. The student also explores the theory and practice of electrocardiography. Topics include: infection control and related OSHA guidelines; prepare patients/assist physician with age and gender-specific examinations and diagnostic procedures; vital signs/mensuration; medical office surgical procedures and electrocardiography.
Furthers student knowledge of the more complex activities in a physician*s office. Topics include: collection/examination of specimens and CLIA regulations/risk management; urinalysis; venipuncture; hematology and chemistry evaluations; advanced reagent testing (Strep Test, HcG etc); administration of medications; medical office emergency procedures and emergency preparedness; respiratory evaluations; principles of IV administration; rehabilitative therapy procedures; principles of radiology safety and maintenance of medication and immunization records.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice in the areas of computers and medical transcription. Topics include: medical transcription/electronic health records; application of computer skills; integration of medical terminology; accounting procedures; and application of software.
Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted inlcuding: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.
Provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a medical office job setting. This clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a work setting at a professional level of technical application and requires concentration, practice, and follow-through. Topics include: application of classroom knowledge and skills and functioning in the work environment.
Seminar focuses on job preparation and maintenance skills and review for the certification examination. Topics include: letters of application, resumes, completing a job application, job interviews, follow-up letter/call, letters of resignation and review of program competencies for employment and certification.