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    Oct 29, 2020  
2011-2012 Academic Catalog 

Medical Assisting, A.A.S. (A45400)

The Medical Assisting Curriculum prepares the graduate to be a multi-skilled practitioner qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

The Gaston College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRBAAMAE). Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment Opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate and perform effectively as a health care professional.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to perform administrative competencies related to the practice of medical assisting utilizing necessary computer applications when applicable.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to perform laboratory procedures related to the physician’s office laboratory.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to implement legal and ethical concepts in the medical office setting.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of biological sciences, medical terminology and disease processes.
  6. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of management skills relevant to the medical office setting.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted January-July. Interviews for admission are conducted March-July. Acceptance letters are mailed as students are accepted. Individuals applying for admission to the Gaston College Medical Assisting Program must meet the requirements for general admission to Gaston College and the requirements for admission into the Medical Assisting Program.



  1. Complete the Gaston College Application (this form can be obtained from the Admissions Office: 704.922.6214 or through the Gaston College web page:
  2. Complete the Gaston College Medical Assisting Program Application form (this form can be requested through the Medical Assisting Office: 704.922.6377).
  3. Schedule and take the College Placement Test to determine Math and English placement at Gaston College (this can be scheduled through the Admissions Office: 704.922.6214). Applicants must complete any identified developmental courses (MAT 060 , MAT 070 , ENG 090 , RED 090 , and SCI 090 ) in order to receive full acceptance into the program. Individuals who have completed college level Math or English courses with a grade of “C or higher do not have take the college placement test. Students who score 500 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT or a 21 on the ACT are not required to take the Writing and Reading portions of the placement test. Students who score 520 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the SAT or a 21 on the ACT are not required to take the Mathematics portion of the placement test. Official test score results must be no more than 5 years old and they must be received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
  4. NOTE: The ACT exam is taken in addition to the College Placement Test. Applicants should schedule and take the ACT examination to determine acceptance scores for admission into the Medical Assisting Program. Contact the counseling Center: (704.922.6220) for instructions on registering for the ACT. Individuals with a previous college degree will have the ACT/SAT examination waived with proof of graduation from an accredited college.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must attain a minimum composite score of 17 or higher on the ACT examination or a score of 830 or higher on the SAT examination to receive full acceptance into the Medical Assisting Program. These scores must be current within five (5) years of program admission.
  5. Submit an official copy of High School Transcript with graduation date or GED transcript with graduation date directly to the Admissions Office. (Have your high school mail this for you.)
  6. Submit an official College Transcript directly to the Admissions Office if you have attended any other college (if applicable, have your college mail this for you). Enrollment in the Medical Assisting Program is limited to 45 students. Applicants are advised to apply early.

Admission Status

Students meeting all admission requirements will be considered for full admission status.

Students who have not met all of the requirements for full admission may still be considered for possible conditional acceptance as determined by the Medical Assisting Department Chairperson. Students accepted through conditional acceptance will be allowed to take Medical Assisting courses for one semester while working toward meeting full acceptance requirements.

Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status by the Department Chairperson of Medical Assisting. Those students who are not admitted to the Medical Assisting Program must reapply. Students reapplying for admission must meet the admission requirements current at the time of their application and must submit a new application. Conditional acceptances are not granted for readmissions.

English as a Second Language

United States resident applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This may include scoring no less than 540 (207 on the computer) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The Department Chairperson of the Medical Assisting Program, in consultation with the Dean of Health Education, will determine the means of demonstrating proficiency on an individual basis.

Health Requirements

The following are special health requirements that are to be met by all medical assisting students:

  1. A physical exam is due on the date stated in the applicant’s admission letter. The form, “Student Medical Form for Programs that Require Health Forms in the North Carolina Community College System Institutions”, will be mailed with the applicant’s admission letter. The form must be completed in its entirety and must demonstrate evidence of a physical exam within 6 months prior to the date of the submission of the form. The form must document satisfactory emotional and physical health.
  2. Prospective students with known or suspected communicable or other serious illnesses are ethically and legally obligated to evaluate their health status in light of client safety. In  addition, a physician’s statement documenting that the disease state is resolved or adequately controlled must be provided.
  3. The health form must be completed by a duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and must be submitted to the Medical Assisting Department by the specified deadline given to students.
  4. Two out of the series of three Hepatitis B Vaccine (required immunization) must be completed by the end of the fall semester, Freshman year, unless proof is provided from a physician as to why the student should not take this vaccine or proof is provided showing the student has had the vaccine within the past 5-7 years and is “immune”.

    Those students who do not pursue immunization for Hepatitis B will be required to sign a waiver releasing Gaston College and the Medical Assisting Program of any responsibility for the possibility of their contracting Hepatitis B. (Waiver may be picked up in the Medical Assisting Office.)

    A complete listing of the immunization requirements for NC Students entering college can be found on the last page of the Medical Assisting Program Application.
  5. Enrolled students should report any changes in health status to the department chairperson immediately. Documentation of satisfactory emotional and physical health may be required to remain in the program.

General Program Information

  1. A minimum grade of “C” (80%) in all Medical Assisting courses is necessary for progression in the Medical Assisting program. In courses that have a lab component, students must receive a passing grade in both theory and classroom skills procedures in order to pass the course. A minimum grade of “C” is also required in all non-medical assisting courses listed in the Medical Assisting Curriculum (A45400) or the course will have to be repeated.
  2. A Medical Assisting student should complete all related courses prior to entering the fifth (last) semester of the program. Related courses are those that do not have the “MED” prefix.
  3. Professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance) is required for students after admission to the Program. This insurance is arranged through the Medical Assisting Program and the premium is paid by the student at the appropriate time. (at the beginning of the first semester and again at the beginning of the fourth semester of the program).
  4. The required keyboarding class for the Medical Assisting Program is OST 130  (Comprehensive Keyboarding). This course must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” by the end of the spring semester of the freshman year.
  5. OSHA Safety Training: All students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program are required to participate in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and HazCom Safety training sessions.
  6. The Medical Assisting Program does not grant credit for experiential learning. Students may challenge certain classes for credit by exam, if approved by the appropriate faculty member.

Criminal Background Checks, Fingerprints & Drug Screening

In order to comply with current Student Affiliation Agreements students accepted into the Associate Degree Medical Assisting Program will be required to submit a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprints and Drug Screening according to Gaston College procedures prior to placement in a clinical facility. The facility reserves the right to deny the student access to the facility. If the student is denied access, the student will not be allowed to complete the program. Completion of clinical experiences is required for the satisfactory completion of the program. More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

NOTE: All information should be accurate to the best of the applicant’s knowledge. Giving false information or withholding necessary information to the college/program may result in dismissal from the college/program. Questionable situations shall be discussed with the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Health Education.

First Year

Second Year

Total Semester Hour Credits: 74