Great Bay Community College offers National Test Prep Course for Medical Assistants

09/17/2015 by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Starting in October, Great Bay Community College will be offering a National Test Preparation Course for Medical Assistant professionals.  The course will be held at their Portsmouth campus at the Pease Tradeport.  According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Guidelines for Meaningful Use, medical assistants will soon be required to be credentialed to enter orders into a patient’s medical record. To obtain necessary credentials, medical assistants commonly turn to nationally recognized certification organizations to take the required national exam.  Now, according to CMS, credentialing for a medical assistant must come from an organization other than the organization employing the medical assistant.

Great Bay Community College is responding to this need by providing a National Test Prep Course for medical assistants who have previously graduated from a medical assisting program and did not take their national exam OR whose credentials have expires.  In 20 hours of face-to-face class time, students receive instruction, a study guide and online practice exams – everything they need to sit for the National Health career Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam.  "Students find the study guide along with the interaction with the teacher and other students to be very helpful," said Kim Hashem-Dugal, developer of the Medical Assistant program at the college.  "The practice exams help them see where more work is needed" she added.

The course is appropriate for medical assistants who have work 12 consecutive months for a doctor or previously graduated from a medical assisting program and have not taken their national exam or for those whose credentials have expired.  Students can choose from two class options.  Classes run on Saturdays in October, starting October 10th from 8am-1:30pm.  They are also offered on Tuesday evenings in November from 5:30 – 9:30pm, Nov 3 – Dec 1.

In addition to complying with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use guidelines, this training helps mitigate risk and improve patient safety, increases workflow efficiencies and patient satisfaction, improves employee satisfaction and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence.

For more information contact Kim L. Hashem- Dugal, GBCC Business and Training Center. (603) 427-7647 or