Medical Assistant

Mission Statement

The ECC MDA program empowers graduates to pass the CMA exam. The graduates of the MDA program enrich our communities by contributing to the service work force, providing competent collaborative care in a diverse and ever-expanding allied health field.

The Medical Assistant Program is designed to train competent professionals to meet the needs of an ever-expanding allied health field. The main campus in Union, as well as the Rolla site, offers a complete associate degree and a certificate option. The main campus offers a traditional day program and the Rolla site offers an evening option to meet the needs of all students. The program combines both formal education and practical experience to help participants master the complex body of knowledge and specialized skills necessary for a successful career. The program prepares competent, entry-level medical assistants in knowledge, skills and behavior learning domains. Program options and courses are located under the degree/certificate tab. Please note that coursework denoted in red are required for the Certificate in Medical Assistant and the additional courses denoted in black are required to complete the Associate Degree.

Medical Assistants directly influence public health and well-being. Specific job tasks include bookkeeping, coordinating appointments, patient interaction, coding papers, and electronic health files. Medical Assistants may also take patient vital signs and help with injections, examinations, and lab test preparations under a doctor’s supervision.

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to demonstrate successful entry-level competence in the domains and subdomains established by CAAHEP- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and MAERB- Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) is recognized nationally but is not required for employment in Missouri.

Additional Information:

The East Central College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street North # 7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Medical Assisting Student Program Curriculum Outcome Goals

  1. To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  2. To prepare students for an entry-level position as a medical assistant, while demonstrating and maintaining professional, ethical, and legal boundaries within their scope of practice.
  3. To prepare entry-level medical assistants to care for patients, analyze, and implement a variety of treatment plans based on specific patient needs.
  4. To prepare the students to apply critical thinking strategies in highly complex procedures in order to provide proper patient care and assist the provider.
  5. To prepare the students to display and maintain professionalism, respectful communication and relationship with patients, their families and healthcare team.
  6. To prepare the students to apply the concepts of interpersonal therapeutic communication in a variety of settings within diverse populations.
  7. To prepare students to become multi-skilled entry-level medical assistants, qualified to perform all administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures within the medical assistant’s scope of practice.
  8. To prepare students to provide proper patient care, while performing within the ethical and legal boundaries of the Medical Assistant’s scope of practice.
  9. To prepare the students to exchange knowledge effectively and participate as team players within the various departments in the healthcare field.
  10. To prepare students to obtain and maintain the Medical Assistant certification through AAMA.

MDA Student Program Curriculum Outcome Goals (PDF)

Adisa Velic, CCMA
Program Director/Externship Coordinator
Health Science Building – Office 117
Union, MO 63084

Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
Health Science Building – Suite 105
Union, MO 63084

Julie Beck
Program Assistant
Health Science Building – Suite 105
Union, MO 63084