Medical Assistant Associate Degree

Medical Assistant

medical assistant
Medical Assistant
A.A.S. in Health Science

Medical Assistants are an important part of many doctors’ offices. They take vital signs, perform laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures, administer medications and assist with patient exams. Moreover, they are in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of Medical Assistants is expected rise 31% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

As baby-boomers age and the number of seniors multiply, demand for preventative medical services is likely to increase. With an expanded patient load, physicians may hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing them to see more patients.

ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), can prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and computer proficiency required for employment in various healthcare positions. What’s more, you can earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting in just 15 months through MCI’s year-round program.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s “hands-on” learning environment allows students to gain “real world” experience in the classroom, and then apply it through externship experiences in a variety of settings. Through this program, you can learn how to:

  • Conduct patient interviews and take medical histories
  • Check vital signs
  • Prepare patients for examination
  • Assist with surgical procedures
  • Collect specimens
  • Perform various laboratory tests and EKGs
  • Review and process payments
  • Prepare billing statements
  • Schedule appointments

Coursework includes:

  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Computer Applications

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with an Associate of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Medical Assisting could possibly pursue entry-level career opportunities such as the following:

  • Medical Assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • EKG technicians
  • Physician offices
  • Clinics
  • Related healthcare settings

Experienced Medical Assistants may function in supervisory or managerial capacities including personnel selection, hiring, and evaluation. Following graduation, you are qualified to take professional certification exams.

The following are the employment rates as reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for the 2009-2010 period:

  • Northern Virginia, VA - 69%
  • Richmond, VA Moorefield - 72% 
  • Richmond, VA Emerywood - 83% 
  • Virginia Beach, VA - 73% 
  • Newport News, VA - 63% 
  • Charlotte, NC - 87% diploma 
  • Charlotte, NC Concord - 74% diploma 
  • Greensboro, NC - 70% 
  • Charleston, SC - 73% 
  • Raleigh, NC - 70% 
  • Greenville, SC - 76%


Program Requirements - Virginia

Core Curriculum
34 semester credit hours