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Medical Assistant Certification

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Many of our course offerings in the Medical Assisting Program remain on an online format. The online courses will be conducted through a live, "real-time" online platform called Zoom. Courses will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the courses using any type of device that has internet access:  PC, Mac, tablet even a smartphone.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. Assistants work directly with patients, whether in small or large healthcare settings, to ensure that patients receive the care they need while providing health professionals with vital patient information. As an essential part of the healthcare team, a medical assistant is responsible for obtaining general health data and performing a variety of back and front office duties.

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.

Molloy's Medical Assisting Certification program provides you with the tools necessary to become a medical assistant. You will develop skills in the clinical and administrative aspects of the medical office. In our program, you can gain the entry-level skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce.

Graduates of Molloy's Medical Assisting Program are eligible to receive certification thru the National Healthcare Association (NHA).  National Healthcare Association, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), is a widely recognized accrediting body for national certifications and licensure examinations. The NCCA Standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. They highlight the essential elements of a high-quality program.

Requirements for Certification
Students who have successfully completed Molloy's Medical Assisting Program within the past 5 years will be eligible to sit for the following NHA certification exams:
Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) and
Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA).

Molloy University offers a Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Review course to help students prepare for these exams. For details on the course, please see below under, "Course Schedule and Descriptions”.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the certification exams they choose to take. The cost of the CCMA exam is $160 and the cost of the CMAA exam is $115.

See www.nhanow.com  under, "Get Certified" for details on registering and sitting for the exam.

Curriculum and Scheduling
Classes can be taken individually or in pursuit of a certificate. These courses are complete in themselves and require no prior knowledge in the specific area. However, it is suggested that, for those students taking courses towards the certificate, the course: "Medical Office Procedures & Assisting Skills", should be taken first. You may begin your studies at any time. "Medical Office Procedures & Assisting Skills" is offered numerous times a year.

Courses are typically offered throughout the year on day, evening and weekend schedules. Currently we offer the program "live" online through Zoom and with weekend skills workshops at the Rockville Centre Campus.  Click here for the upcoming schedule of classes.

Some courses can be taken at either our Rockville Centre campus or at our Suffolk Center in Amityville. Some course are only offered at our Rockville Centre campus. The location(s) offered will be indicated in the course descriptions below.

The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found her Click here. We also email monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you provide us with an email address.

Certificate Requirements
To earn the Medical Assistant Certificate, each student is required to successfully complete eight (8) required courses, as well as a Clinical Externship. Once all courses and the Clinical Externship are completed, the student must notify the Division of Continuing Education & Professional Studies at Molloy College to issue you your certificate. The certificate course requirements include:

Required Courses (all 8 required for Certificate)
Medical Office Procedures and Assisting Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Medical Terminology
• Training in Barrier Precaution and Infection Control Measures
• AHA Basic Life Support Certification Course
• Phlebotomy for the MA
• Administering Electrocardiogram
• Medical Assisting Certification exam Review

Students will be assigned a Clinical Externship once their course work has been completed and their physical forms have been submitted to the program director, Kathleen Lapkowski, at klapkowski@molloy.edu

Course Schedule and Descriptions

Required Courses:
Course Number: MA-1530  
Tuition: $450
A medical practice has many facets. Learn what makes a medical practice tick. Develop knowledge to launch you on a new career path. This course has no prerequisites. This course is designed to give you an overview of medical office operations. Learn to take medical histories, document in patient charts, file records, schedule patients, handle and call in prescriptions, and use proper phone etiquette. Learn basic procedures utilized in a physician's office such as opening sterile packets, universal precautions, Phlebotomy, Administering EKG‘s as well as taking vital signs.  The course is typically offered for 6 evenings and then either on Saturday or a Sunday for 1 additional skills workshop session at our Rockville Centre campus. The course is typically offered numerous times a year, usually in September, October, December, January, February, March, June and July.
Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Textbook required: Comprehensive Medical Assisting by Kronenberger and Ledbetter, 5th Edition, Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning   Amazon

Course Number: MR-1510  
Tuition: $350
Learn the physiological and anatomical features of several of the body's major systems, including neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and digestive. Etiology (causes), signs, symptoms, pathology, clinical progression, and treatment of major diseases of each system will be presented. No prerequisite. May be taken concurrently with Medical Terminology (MR1500). The course is typically offered throughout the year in the evenings and on Saturdays. Currently online via ZOOM.  The ZOOM link will be sent to you prior to the start date.                    
Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Textbook Required (Same book to be used for Medical Terminology): Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals, Jane Rice. Prentice Hall, Latest Edition (9th)  Amazon 

Course Number: MR-1500   
Tuition: $350
Learn suffixes, prefixes and basic word structure, diagnostic terminology, as it relates to medical treatment, patient care, disease, emergency, pharmacology, laboratory tests and body systems. No prerequisite. May be taken concurrently with Anatomy & Physiology (MR-1510).  This course will be offered online in real time using Zoom on the same days and times listed in the schedule of classes.  Instructions for taking the course online will be sent to you before the course begins.  

Textbook Required: Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals, Jane Rice. Prentice Hall, Latest Edition (9th)  Amazon                    
Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Course Number:  HE-5000 
Tuition: $55
This is the NY State approved course regarding infection control and barrier precautions, including engineering and work practice controls, to prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice. This course will be offered online in real time using Zoom on the same days and times listed in the schedule of classes.  Instructions for taking the course online will be sent to you before the course begins. This 3-hour course is offered in the evening usually Thursday’s (6:30-9:30 p.m.) or on Saturday (usually 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Course Number: NUB0092 
Tuition: $95
This 5 hr. course is designed for health care providers. Course is composed of instruction in Basic Life Support as well as technical aspects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The course is typically offered throughout the year in the evening and on Saturdays at both our Rockville Centre and Suffolk Center locations. This course can be waived if you have unexpired proof of AHA BLS certification.   
Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Phlebotomy for the Medical Assistant
Course Number: MA0005    
Tuition: $225
This introductory course will provide practical information and instruction in phlebotomy procedures. A comprehensive background in theory and principles will also be reviewed. You will learn basic anatomy and physiology, legal aspects, OSHA guidelines, blood composition, standard precautions, specimen labeling, obtaining a blood sample, venipuncture sites and venipuncture equipment. Manikins will be used for practice sessions. The program of instruction is designed for students with no prior experience in the subject including the healthcare worker that needs cross training in phlebotomy. The program does not provide certification. We will award a Molloy certificate for successfully completing this class. This course will be offered online in real time using Zoom on the same days and times listed in the schedule of classes.  Instructions for taking the course online will be sent to you before the course begins.  Skills workshops are scheduled on site at the Rockville Centre Campus on a Saturday or Sunday.
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 
Click here for the current  schedule of classes.

Administering Electrocardiograms
Course Number: MA007
Tuition: $195
In this course you will learn the proper procedure in obtaining a resting EKG. Topics covered will include: basic anatomy and physiology, basic interpretation of an EKG, proper labeling and maintaining of EKG strips. Supervised, hands-on practice. Students will need to successfully demonstrate obtaining an EKG to complete this course. This course will be offered online in real time using Zoom on the same days and times listed in the schedule of classes.  Instructions for taking the course online will be sent to you before the course begins.  On site skills workshops will be offered on Saturday or Sunday at the Rockville Centre campus.
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 
Click her for the current schedule of classes

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Review Course
Course Number: MA1500
Tuition: $100
This course is designed to review the learning objectives and skills necessary to prepare an individual for the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exams offered by the National Healthcare Association.
Pre-requisites for Molloy students: Successful completion of the entire program 
Click her for the schedule of classes

For more particulars about the exams and the application process, visit the NHA website at www.nhanow.com. 

For additional information please contact the program director; Kathleen Lapkowski @ klapkowski@molloy.edu. 

Medical Assistant Externship
Upon completion of the required academic courses, students are required to complete a 160 hour clinical externship.  There is no tuition for the externship.
A medical assistant externship is an effective way of providing learning opportunities to students. The students work closely with an experienced staff working in the medical assisting field.  It will provide the student with opportunities to work directly with patients, doctors and other health care providers.
Students will be placed in one of a variety of health care settings, including outpatient centers and physician practices to provide the most current experiences for our students.  In order to participate in the externship experience, students are required to submit the following documents prior to the completion of their last course
  • A recent physical examination with titers for , MMR, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Chickenpox,
  • Updated immunizations
  • TB or Quantiferon Gold lab test
  • Seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • COVID vaccine and booster if eligible 

For additional information please contact the program director; Kathleen Lapkowski @ klapkowski@molloy.edu. 

Registration and Tuition
You can register for courses on a course by course basis. You do not need to register, and pay, for the entire program upfront. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is required at the time of registration, unless alternate arrangements have been made with our office for company billing and/or payment through a third-party. Tuition varies from course to course, but the total tuition and fees for all eight(8) courses and the Clinical Externship is: approximately $2180.

Students should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and any required textbooks. However, you can register up until the day of class. Please note that some of our classes do close out and some of our classes do cancel.

Online registration is available by clicking here.  You will be able to pay for your classes online by ACH check or by MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card. If you pay by credit card there will be a fee of 2.75% for domestic cards and 4.25% for international cards added to the tuition. You can avoid the credit card fee by paying with a check online.

Phone in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card. The above fees will apply.

To register in person, by fax or mail, please follow the directions on our web page: Directions

Confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration. Your Zoom link or classroom assignment will be emailed to you shortly before the start date of you class if it was not included in your confirmation.

Please note that during July and August the Continuing Education office is closed on Fridays.

Financial Assistance
When planning to attend a continuing education course or program, an important consideration is the cost, which may include tuition, books and travel. With Molloy University Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, various financial assistance options are available to help students afford tuition. Since most Continuing Education courses do not lead to a college degree, they are not eligible for the traditional forms of financial aid, such as TAP and Pell. Below are links that may offer financial assistance:
Hempstead Works: Click here
Department of Occupational Resources: Click here
Disability Services: Click here
Veteran Benefits: Contact US Department of Veteran Affairs

If you take a course, have attended each class, and still do not master the course work, we invite you to re-register for the same course, same level, free of charge. Your registration will be accepted on a space available basis within one year of the course end date. Re-registration in the course is required.

In addition, during the first hour of class the instructor will present an outline of the course, along with the course goals and objectives. If the student does not feel that this course will meet their expectations, then a full refund will be granted if the student presents their refund request on the first business day after the class has met. 

If you have any questions, please call our office at 516-323-3550 for clarification.

Career Seminar
Course number: MA9999
Tuition: Free of Charge
Not sure if this program is right for you? Unsure that this is even the right career for you? If so, then you should attend our free seminar, "Your Career as a Medical Assistant". The seminar is usually offered three times a year in the evening, in September, May and in January. Though this seminar is free of charge, it is necessary for you to register. Click here to register for the free career seminar. Conducted online! Details for joining the session online will be emailed to you prior to the session after you register.

Email List
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We also email monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you provide us with an email address. Click here to be added to our email list.

Should you have any questions, please call 516.323.3550 or email: klapkowski@molloy.edu.
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*The following Course is not a requirement of the Certificate Program but is offered to enhance your education*

Spanish for the Healthcare Provider  
Course Number: LA0505
Tuition: $250.00
Instructor: TBA
This introductory course is intended to provide healthcare professionals with the ability to understand and communicate in Spanish. Communication in 'real' situations, basic vocabulary related to healthcare and grammar structure will be reviewed. Content will cover the following:
- Greeting the patient
- Obtaining background information
- Basic medical vocabulary including parts of the body, interviewing skills and vital signs.
The course is currently offered online via ZOOM, If you would like to offer an onsite training for your team, contact Kathleen Lapkowski at klapkowski@molloy.edu
Click here for the schedule of classes and to register. (Please note: only the upcoming schedule of course will be posted.)