Medical Assistant AAS

Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) who have achieved certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) are multi-skilled Allied Health Professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The demand for CMAs (AAMA) is evidenced by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projection that medical assisting is one of the fasted growing professions, increasing by more than 30% through the year 2020.

The practice of Medical Assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. Duties of a medical assistant can include obtaining referral and surgery pre-authorizations, transcribing patient encounters, measuring vital signs, performing routine lab tests, operating X-ray and electrocardiograph equipment, assisting the doctor during exams, scheduling appointments and surgeries, preparing and maintaining medical records, and ordering supplies.

Medical Assistant courses require that students work with patients; therefore, enrollment requires students to complete the Hepatitis B vaccinations series and to have a current (within one year) TB test. Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary health exams, immunizations, evidence of a TB test, titers, etc., which may be necessary to meet requirements by the College and affiliating clinical agencies.

Practical experience is a vital aspect of the Certified Medical Assistant program and is attained through a 4 credit, 180 hour, Clinical Experience course. Students may be required to undergo a criminal background check before beginning their Clinical Experience as determined by affiliated clinical sites. It is a policy that the Clinical Experience hours required for the Medical Assistant AAS degree are non-paid.

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant AAS degree, students will:

  • Be prepared as competent entry-level Certified Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Be prepared to successfully complete the Certified Medical Assistant Exam.
  • Be provided the opportunity to meet education and career goals through quality education.
  • Be prepared as capable entry-level Certified Medical Assistants to meet the needs of the regional health care industry.
  • Be committed to lifelong learning and to providing quality healthcare.

Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment, Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Exam, is required.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of:

Medical Assisting Education Review Board, MAERB
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
COLLEGE WRITING
RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
Scientific Ways of Knowing
BIOL-175HUMAN BIOLOGY4.00
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
HRPT-185HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
or PSYC-101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Total Credits16.00

Program Requirements

ACCPT-101BASIC ACCOUNTING I3.00
AHLTH-130INTRODUCTION TO ALLIED HEALTH2.00
CITPT-110BUSINESS COMPUTER SKILLS3.00
GNBPT-122BUSINESS ENGLISH3.00
GNBPT-202FINANCIAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS3.00
GNBPT-222PROOFREADING3.00
GNBPT-245BUSINESS WRITING3.00
HLTH-288BASIC FIRST AID/CPR/AED1.00
MEDPT-173MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY3.00
MEDPT-175ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTING I3.00
MEDPT-240PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT3.00
MEDPT-250CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING I3.00
MEDPT-251MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION I3.00
MEDPT-252CLINICAL EXPERIENCE4.00
MEDPT-259PATIENT RECORD SYSTEMS3.00
MEDPT-260CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING II4.00
MEDPT-275MEDICAL CODING3.00
WRPPT-200WORD PROCESSING3.00
Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required
Total Credits53.00

Summary

General Education16
Program Requirements53
Total69