AAS in Medical Assisting
Medical Assisting Program (361)
The Associate Degree of Applied Science in Medical Assisting prepares students to be employed in an ambulatory medical facility, i.e. a doctor's ofﬁce, outpatient clinic, or same-day surgical center. A Medical Assistant is cross-trained and multi-skilled to perform both administrative (front ofﬁce) and clinical (back ofﬁce and lab) procedures to support the physician/employer in providing excellent patient care. This program prepares students to take the National Certiﬁed Medical Assistant exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
To enter the program the student should ﬁrst complete BIO 264 with a C or higher and HS 280 with a B- or higher. The student should apply to the program by attending an orientation meeting, which are held the first Monday of every month during the regular school year at 5:30 p.m. in Clarke 143 (Note: Orientations are not held during August or September). The entry courses are offered during all three semesters so students on every track can apply. At the end of the program (with all MA courses completed) the student will complete a 200 hour, unpaid externship at an ambulatory medical facility. The purpose is to practice and perfect the skills learned in class. The externship may be done off track and out-of-state upon approval of the school's Internship Ofﬁce and the Program Director, Aimee Johnson.