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Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Credential: 
Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 
A45400

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

The Associate Degree program in Medical Assisting is an accredited program by CAAHEP. Program criteria are governed by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). A student must be a graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting program to be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.  Graduates from the diploma program will be eligible to sit for the certification exam when the program receives certification through CAAHEP.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (CAAHEP),
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, www.caahep.org,
Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354 and
American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA),                            
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606, www.aama-ntl.org,
Phone: 312-899-1500, Fax: 312-899-1259.

Specific Requirements

1.  General college admission requirements.

a.  Complete college application for admission, and the Medical Assisting for the limited/capped program admission

b.  Complete College Placement Test.

2.  High school units:

a.  Algebra and Biology strongly recommended.

3.  Students applying to the Medical assisting program are encouraged to have successfully completed BIO 161.

4.  Acceptable reports of medical examinations by the first day of second semester.

5.  Satisfactory completion of required immunizations by the first day of second semester.

6.  Criminal background checks and drug screenings will be required prior to admissions to clinical sites that mandate the screenings.

7.  Current CPR certification for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider by the first day of fifth semester.

 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO, CIS, MED and OST

First Semester (Fall)

Second Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3
MED 131 Admin Office Procedures II 2
MED 140 Exam Room Procedures I 5
MED 274 Diet Therapy/Nutrition 3
MED 270 Symptomatology 3

Third Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement 3
COM 120 Interpersonal Communication 3

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I 5
MED 240 Exam Room Procedures II 5
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3
SPA 120 Spanish for the Workplace 3

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Semester Notes
  • ENG 110 may be substituted for ENG 111
  • COM 140 may be substituted for COM 120

Total Credit Hours Required

73

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