- Provide a balanced curriculum composed of general and technical studies toward completion of a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting.
- Prepare graduates as entry-level Medical Assistants who will validate their abilities to the medical community through a supervised non-compensatory Practicum based on the entry-level competencies stated in the Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Educational Programs for Medical Assistants.
- Prepare graduates to successfully complete the Certified Medical Assistant examination and seek continuing education thereafter to remain current and certified in the field of medical assisting.
- Prepare graduates to demonstrate professionalism by accepting their responsibilities and performing as a medical assistant within the scope of their training from Broward College.
- Prepare graduates as they work with and under the direction of physicians to provide quality care services.
- Prepare graduates who demonstrate a spirit of volunteerism and community service by participating in extra professional activities which have the purpose of improving the health, knowledge, and well-being of the community in which they reside.
The educational goals of the Medical Assisting Program at Broward College are founded upon the learning domains established by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and those adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
The Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants (2008) as established by the Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB) is utilized to prepare graduates for a career in an ambulatory health care setting that requires a multi-skilled health professional, performing both clinical and administrative duties.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program educating students enabling them to graduate as professional practitioners proficient in all entry level competencies as set forth in the MAERB curricula. The curriculum is designed to instruct and assess students in achievement of cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain learning objectives as established by the MAERB in order to meet the educational goals.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program assessing the needs of the local community through the local advisory board and other various avenues and providing an educational program for Medical Assistants to meet their needs and respond to changes giving graduates the best possible opportunity for local employment.
The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program preparing graduates for the Certified Medical Assistant examination through quality curriculum, instruction, practice and assessment.
Program goals are consistent with the philosophy and mission of the College. Appropriateness of the goals and learning domains is assessed regularly by the Program Manager/ Practicum Coordinator, Faculty as well as through consultation with the Medical Assisting Advisory Board.
Specifically, the minimum expectation is to “prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”
- Psychomotor skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through instructor demonstration, open lab time, practice and “check-offs. Each psychomotor skill must be performed competently at entry level. Graduates must be able to perform all skills at entry level.
- Affective skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through presentations, written, verbal or non-verbal means at entry level. Graduates must demonstrate all affective skills at entry level.
- Cognitive knowledge is demonstrated and assessed by quizzes, assignments, projects, games, internet research, papers and written exams utilizing the grading scale established by the Medical Assisting program. Cognitive knowledge must be applied to practice and is assessed by written means within the program and by taking the CMA examination upon completion of the program.