This CAAHEP approved certificate program provides training for students seeking to assist in patient-care management including both administrative and clinical duties. Medical Assistants can be employed in physician offices, clinics, dental offices, foundations, research institutes, prisons, the armed services, public health departments, and HMOs. This is a full time day or evening program and is offered on the main campus of South Suburban College in South Holland. Effective with the Fall 2010 incoming MAS class, the department will begin offering dual admissions; students will be admitted to the Medical Assistant (MAS) Program during fall and spring semesters.
The Medical Assistant Program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, Illinois 60606, telephone (312) 899-1500, website: www. caahep.org. Upon successful completion of the MAS courses, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.
This program has specific admission requirements. Residents of South Suburban College’s District will be given first priority for admission into the program. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. Before receiving an application to the Medical Assistant Program the student must:
1. Submit an application for credit courses to South Suburban College.
2. Forward high school/GED transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records.
3. Take the SSC College Placement test and complete any required college preparatory class in Math, English or Reading with a grade of “C” or better.
- Math must be completed through MTH 091-General Mathematics
- ENG 098-Writer's Workshop I
- RDG 082-Reading & Learning Skills III.
4. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
- MAS 104-Medical Office Foundations
- MDR 103-Medical Terminology
- BIO 115-Human Body Structure
- MIS 101-Computer Literacy and Applications
5. Submit an application to Room 4453 by June 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring.
Students are admitted to the program twice a year. Once accepted to the program, the student completes the following courses in the order listed on the Certificate.
Kinasha Brown, Program Coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2421
The SSC Medical Assisting Certificate Program recently received notice from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) that it has been placed on probation effective July 19, 2012, citing just one of the eleven standards. SSC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. The CAAHEP probationary status does not alter our full accreditation with the HLC.
Additionally, the CAAHEP Board of Directors will review the program’s probation status at its November 2012 meeting. Over the next several months, we will be working hard to satisfy the accrediting agency’s standards so that the program may be restored to its full accreditation status after CAAHEP’s November meeting. We anticipate receiving notification by the end of fall 2012 as to our program accreditation status.
Kinasha Brown, Program Coordinator, and Jeff Waddy, Dean of Health Professions, English & Humanities, are working hard to ensure the program meets the accrediting agency’s standards. During this time, our classes and program will continue with their normal day-to-day operations and clinical affiliations.
We appreciate your patience as we rectify this situation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our probationary status, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Coordinator over this area, Kinasha Brown, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2421.