Medical Assisting Program (361)
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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).

Course Requirements prior to applicaion

BIO 264 qand BIO 264L Anatomy & Physiology with a C or higher  

HS 280 Medical Terminology with a B- or higher


1. The student should apply to the program by first attending an orientation meeting.  Orientation meetings 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).

2. After attending an Orienation, please apply to the Medical Assisting Program by submitting an application found HERE to or dropping the application off at 251 HRT.

Once Admitted to the MA Program, the following are required:

Immunizations and documentation:

The following immunizations are required after the point of your acceptance and they will need to be maintained, throughout the course of the program, using the Immunization Tracker approved by the MA Program.  Students will receive an email regarding the Tracker via their BYU-Idaho email after acceptance.


Annual flu vaccine: Fall- Oct 15th deadline; Winter- Jan 15th deadline (only 1 is required per year and is dependent on the semester you are attending)

Annual verification of a negative TB/PPD skin test report (a positive result requires a clear chest x-ray report) *Do this within 1 year of your externship!!

Upon Expiration:

Current copy of your American Heart Association CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers card (no exceptions; click here for a CPR resource)

Tdap (within the last 10 years)

The following are submitted at the time of acceptance only:

MMR (vaccination dates (2) or positive titers)

Hepatitis B (vaccination dates (3) or positive titer)

Varicella/Chicken pox (vaccination dates (2) or positive titer)

MA Medical Exam Form

A 10-Panel Drug Test (accepted students will recive further information on how to obtain the drug screen)

Required Courses and Externship Information:

The entry courses are offered during all three semesters so students on every track can apply.

      • Required Courses
      • For MA 105L you will need to wear scrubs (available at the Bookstore), closed-toe shoes, and have a watch with a second hand

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.

For more information, please email  the Medical Assiting Program at