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Associate in Science Degree Program

Medical Assisting

The career positions available in this fast-growing, in-demand field include physicians' offices, hospitals, hospice care, laboratories, ambulatory care centers, health insurance companies, etc. The Associate in Science Degree in Medical Assisting may be earned by successfully completing one of the two degree programs offered. Each program offers students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a fulfilling career in this field.

Course requirements for each program are sequenced to begin with essential skills before moving on to the complex skill mastery demanded of medical assistants found in the laboratory, clinical, and administrative areas. Upon successful completion of course study, the student completes the program through a hands-on experience in the medical field (externship). It should be noted that individuals currently employed by medical facilities may qualify to register for the more advanced course offerings.

Students pursuing an administrative career within the medical field may be interested in the Insurance Specialist Option Program. This program focuses in the areas of billing, insurance, financial medical computer software, and knowledge required of medical office management. Graduates of this program may sit for a National Certification Examination through the AMT organization. A CMAS (Certified Medical Administrative Specialist) credential will be awarded to successful exam candidates.

The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street. Clearwater, FL 33756 Telephone: (727) 210-2350 www.caahep.org.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for National Certification Examinations through AAMA and AMT organizations. Successful exam candidates will be awarded the CMA or RMA credentials.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Clear and effective communication skills
  2. Entry-level competency in the performance of administrative duties
  3. Entry-level competency in the performance of clinical duties
  4. Application of legal concepts to health care practice
  5. Provision of patient instruction
  6. Participation in operational functions
  7. Participation in a national certification examination and activities associated with active membership
Course of Study¹
First Semester
Human Biology
Medical Terminology
Introduction to Software Applications
Medical & Ethics
Second Semester
General Psychology I
Composition and Literature
Lab Principles for Medical Assisting
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Humanities Elective
(SPA* 101 Recommended)
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Arts Elective
Third Semester
Intermediate Algebra
Lab Principles II
Medical Insurance & Billing
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Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Fourth Semester
Administrative Medical Office Assisting
Principles of Pharmacology
Clinical Medical Assisting
Computerized Medical Practice Management
Upon Completion of the Above Courses
Medical Assisting Externship
Minimum Credits required for the Degree

¹ Click on the Course# for course description,
pre-requisites and additional information.

+These courses must be taken in the 1st semester of the degree program.
It should be noted that prerequisites may be waived for qualified candidates currently employed in a medical/administrative facility with the consent of the program coordinator.

** Prerequisites: American Red Cross Certification in CPR and First Aid, and a minimum grade of C in the following courses: MED*112, MED*114, MED*131, MED*141, MED *241, MED *250.

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