Medical Assistant (Diploma) - Memphis and Southaven

Diploma Program
Contact Hours:
720
Semester Credits:
29.33
Instructional Weeks – Full Time:
30
Average Time to Complete – Full Time:
8 Months

Program offered at: Memphis, Tennessee and Southaven, Mississippi

Medical Assistant (Diploma) Mission Statement

The mission is to provide a supportive learning environment in which the student acquires theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and professional attributes necessary to obtain entry-level positions in the field of Medical Assisting.

Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared with the knowledge and skills required in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, the body systems, medical terminology, medical front office procedures, venipuncture, laboratory diagnostic procedures, EKG, and administration of parenteral medications to function successfully in an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant in a clinic or physician’s office.

Career Overview

Whether in a physician’s office, a clinic, or hospital-owned physician network, the Medical Assistant performs many services on the physician’s behalf. These may include admissions work, preparing the patient for examination or treatment, operating diagnostic equipment, and performing diagnostic procedures. The Medical Assistant is also responsible for the patient’s medical records and insurance forms as well as for scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records for the physician.

In order to graduate from the Medical Assistant (Diploma) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

Course #
Course Title
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Theory Hours
(Ground/Online)
Lab Hours
(Ground/Online)
Externship Hours
(Ground/Online)
Semester Credit Hours
Total
240
240
240
29.33

This applies to Memphis students starting on or after March 22, 2021 and to Southaven students starting on or after June 14, 2021

800 Contact Hours

35.0 Semester Credits

32 Instructional Weeks – Full Time

Average Time to Complete – 8 Months

Program offered at: Memphis, Tennessee and Southaven, Mississippi

Course #
Course Title
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Theory Hours
(Ground/Online)
Lab Hours
(Ground/Online)
Externship Hours
(Ground/Online)
Semester Credit Hours
Total
330
240
230
35

* These courses are offered online.

**A portion of these courses are offered online.

For all students starting on or after July 11, 2022

Program Delivery

The Medical Assistant program is delivered in a blended format. Courses will be delivered entirely online, entirely on-ground or with an appropriate blend of both online and on-ground hours in the same course. Of the 800 program hours, a maximum of 400 course hours (50.0%) may be offered online.

Course #
Course Title
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Theory Hours
(Ground/Online)
Lab Hours
(Ground/Online)
Externship Hours
(Ground/Online)
Semester Credit Hours
Total
330
(60/270)
240
(180/60)
230
(160/70)
35