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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science | MED.ASSIST.AAS | Career Program
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Program Description

The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment and career in health care industries, such as physician’s offices, outpatient clinics, in-patient administration, government, and health insurance industries. The curriculum is designed to provide didactic, laboratory, and externship learning experiences where students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform medical billing and coding, patient scheduling, data entry into the electronic medical record, electrocardiogram and cardiology diagnostic testing, phlebotomy procedures, basic laboratory tests, and maintain overall daily operations in a clinical setting.  Medical assistants are the only multi-skilled allied health professional that is professionally trained to work in ambulatory settings.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional and therapeutic communication skills
  • Utilize medical terminology as related to body functions
  • Perform administrative functions in an outpatient setting
  • Perform clinical functions/procedures in the outpatient setting
  • Describe the implications of health law in the clinical setting
  • Demonstrate the standards of care for the medical assisting profession

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not  include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

1st Semester

Total: 14 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

3rd Semester

Total: 17 Credits

4th Semester

Total: 14 Credits

Program Total: 60 Credits

1 Fulfills Computer Literacy requirement

2 Refer to Course Descriptions , for eligibility requirements for BIO-2050 .

Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.

Double asterisk (**) denotes a course that is an institutional requirement.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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