Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting (MEDA) program is designed to prepare students to assist physicians and health care providers in medical offices and clinics with patient care as well as routine office laboratory and diagnostic tests. Students are also prepared to perform routine administrative medical office duties, business practices and procedures. Students will earn a Certificate of Achievement (CA) upon completion of the program.

Program Admission Requirements:

Students will be admitted as a cohort in the fall semester each year. All program prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or higher prior to entry. Students may submit applications during the application period only. Acceptance will be on a first applied, first qualified basis. Progression onto the spring semester will require a “C” or higher in all required MEDA program courses in the fall.

Graduation Requirements:

A grade of “C” or higher in all MEDA alpha courses and program prerequisite courses required for the Medical Assisting program is required for graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) approved 08/22/2022:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills with all members of the healthcare team (affective).
  2. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior to maintain patient safety and confidentiality (affective).
  3. Apply medical office business, financial and administrative concepts and practices (cognitive).
  4. Apply critical thinking skills and concepts of medical assisting to maintain quality patient care and efficient administrative procedures (cognitive).
  5. Perform clinical and administrative medical assisting skills appropriate for entry-level practice in a healthcare setting (psychomotor).

Federal Program Licensure Reporting Requirements:

The Kauai Community College MEDA program prepares students for national certification. It is common for employers and physicians to require medical assistants to possess specific education, training, and/or national certification. If you are not residing in the state of Hawaii and are taking a Kauai Community College online course or program leading to professional certification or licensure, Kauai Community College cannot confirm whether the course or program meets your state’s professional certification or licensure requirements. Please verify with the appropriate certification or licensing board in the state you intend to practice.

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