The Certificate of Completion Medical Clerical prepares students to perform initial clerical and administrative duties in medical, clinical, hospitals, or health care facilities. The graduate will be prepared to schedule and receive patients, obtain patient data, receive payment, maintain medical records, data processing, perform general office skills, office equipment operation, and assume general medical office responsibilities. The student will demonstrate effective communication skills in dealing with patients, medical personnel and peers.

This Certificate of Completion leads to an AAS Medical Assistant. To see how this program links to others in the Pathway click here. 

Entry Requirements

This is a restricted-entry program and students must submit a separate application along with their college admission application. For more information contact the administrative assistant, Sumner Hall, Rm 4 541-888-7443 or the director at 541-888-7298. Click here to view more information about the Nursing & Allied Health program.

Students are required to complete the College's placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the placement process.

Due to the nature of this curriculum and the access to drugs, all students will have to declare themselves “drug free” and be subject to a criminal background check. Any student who is unable, for any reason, to complete the practice parts of this curriculum will not be able to continue in the program. Drug testing will be done prior to clinical practice.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Medical Clerical can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 49 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Medical Clerical is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH20Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)4
OA121Beginning Keyboarding3
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
 Credits3
Fall
AH100 Introduction to Health Care Careers 2
AH111 Medical Terminology I 3
AH121 Body Structures and Functions I 1 3
MTH60 Algebra I 2 4
OA124 Keyboard Skill Building 3
 Credits15
Winter
AH112 Medical Terminology II 3
AH122 Body Structures and Functions II 1 3
AH150 Medical Office Coding 3
HIM110 Health Information Technology 5
 Credits14
Spring
AH151 Reimbursement Management 3
AH152 Medical Law and Ethics 2
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
OA116 Office Procedures 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Summer
AH280A CWE: Allied Health Front Office 4 2
 Credits2
 Total Credits49

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical law and ethics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in medical office administrative practices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in word processing.