Program Goals

Program Goals

Goals and Competencies

Preparing a student for entry level employment in an ambulatory care setting.  The MA program prepares the student to gain knowledge in both clinical and administrative skills required for working in a primary care doctor’s office, specialty doctor’s office, medical laboratory, hospital, or other ambulatory care setting. 

Medical assistants are health professionals who assist physicians in their offices or other medical settings.  In accordance with respective state laws, they perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties.

Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing basic secretarial skills and medical billing and coding, handling telephone calls and writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals and managing practice finances.

Clinical duties include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, venipuncture, performing selected diagnostic tests including ECG, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.

Both administrative and clinical duties involve maintenance of equipment and supplies for the practice. A medical assistant who is sufficiently qualified by education and/or experience may be responsible for supervising personnel, developing and conducting public outreach programs to market the physician’s professional services, and participating in the negotiation of leases and of equipment and supply contracts. 

As a certification program; students will be able to perform clinical skills in a physician’s office to enhance their learning experience.  The students will then take the national medical assisting certification exam.

Page last updated April 2, 2019.

Contact Information

Department of Allied Health
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-2820
(361) 698-2811 fax

Windward Campus, HS2-128
4101 Old Brownsville Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78405