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Medical Assistant Certificate Program

Certificate -  Allied Health Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Principles of Clinical Practice AHE110 3
Medical Assistant Skills AHE112 3 co-req AHE110
Advanced Clinical Skills AHE201* 3 AHE111 or AHE112
Practicum/Medical Assistant AHE205 3 AHE112; co-req AHE201
Practicum Seminar Allied Health AHE209 1 co-req AHE205
Applications/Concepts or Medical Computer Applications CIT110 or OIM102 3 Prerequisite for CIT110: ESL098 or RDG095 or placement; prerequisite for OIM102: Chair approval
Procedures for the Medical Office OIM170 3 OIM102 or Chair approval
Medical Terminology NHP180 3
Understanding Human Behavior for Health Care Professionals or Human Growth and Development AHE104 or PSY213 3 PSY101
Elective 3
Total Credits 28
Last Modified Date: December 3, 2018

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Allied Health

Degree Type: Certificate

This is a selective program. View Medical Assistant Certificate Selective Program Application and Instructions

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* Prerequisite for AHE201 is AHE112 for students in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program.

This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus each Fall and Spring semester.

Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Admission to an Allied Health program does not guarantee clinical placement. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. For further information, see the Department Chair. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in AHE110 and AHE112 in order to continue into the second semester.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to this program, students must apply :

  • Possess a high school diploma, GED certification, or HiSet.
  • Attend an information session. 
  • Provide evidence of health insurance, complete a health form and submit proof immunization.
  • Place out of or complete ENG095 and RDG095 with a grade of C or better.

Program Overview

This program prepares students to function as members of a health care delivery team and to perform administrative and clinical duties. The program prepares students in Healthcare Provider CPR, EKG, and phlebotomy.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and physicians’ offices as multi-skilled workers, medical assistants, medical aides, clinical assistants, and clinical practice assistants.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Assist with the examination and treatment of patients in clinical areas, phlebotomy, and EKG. 
  • Perform computer and medical office tasks.