Medical Assistant Associate Degree

Medical Assistant

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

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%

Curriculum

Program Requirements - Virginia


Core Curriculum
34 semester credit hours

MED104

Medical Terminology

3

MED112

Medical Coding & Billing I

2

MED133

Patient Intake & Infection Control

2

MED143

Principles of Pharmacology

3

MED147

Medical Office Procedures I

2

MED149

Medical Ethics

3

MED158

Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures

2

MED203

Pathophysiology

3

MED235

Advanced Procedures, Life Support & Specialties

2

MED238

Advanced Diagnostics & Testing

2

MED239

EKG Technician and Cardiology

2

MED256

Medical Office Procedures II

3

MED286

National Certification Exam Prep

1

MED295

Medical Assisting Externship

4

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

BIO101

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIO104

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120

College Mathematics

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

COR191

Career Orientation

1

CSA128

Computer Applications I

2

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

Program includes a total of 1,170 contact hours.

*The following courses are available online for Medical Assisting students: COM 115, ENG 110, HUM 205, PSY 105, FOR 110

 

Program Requirements- North Carolina

Core Curriculum

34 semester credit hours

MED104

Medical Terminology

3

MED112

Medical Coding & Billing I

2

MED133

Patient Intake & Infection Control

2

MED143

Principles of Pharmacology

3

MED147

Medical Office Procedures I

2

MED149

Medical Ethics

3

MED158

Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures

2

MED203

Pathophysiology

3

MED235

Advanced Procedures, Life Support & Specialties

2

MED238

Advanced Diagnostics & Testing

2

MED239

EKG Technician and Cardiology

2

MED256

Medical Office Procedures II

3

MED286

National Certification Exam Prep

1

MED295

Medical Assisting Externship

4

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

BIO101

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIO104

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120

College Mathematics

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration & Computer Literacy

5 semester credit hours

COR095

Career Orientation

0

CSA128

Computer Applications I

2

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

Program includes a total of 1,170 contact hours.

*The following courses are available online for Medical Assisting students: COM 115, ENG 110, HUM 205, PSY 105, FOR 110

 

Program Requirements- South Carolina

Core Curriculum

40 semester credit hours

MED104

Medical Terminology

3

MED112

Medical Coding & Billing I

2

MED133

Patient Intake & Infection Control

2

MED143

Principles of Pharmacology

3

MED147

Medical Office Procedures I

2

MED149

Medical Ethics

3

MED152

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

MED158

Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures

2

MED202

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

MED203

Pathophysiology

3

MED235

Advanced Procedures, Life Support & Specialties

2

MED238

Advanced Diagnostics & Testing

2

MED239

EKG Technician and Cardiology

2

MED256

Medical Office Procedures II

3

MED286

National Certification Exam Prep

1

MED295

Medical Assisting Externship

4

Arts and Sciences

15 semester credit hours

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120

College Mathematics

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration Self Integration & Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

COR095

Career Orientation

0

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

Program includes a total of 1,170 contact hours.

*The following courses are available online for Medical Assisting students: COM 115, ENG 110, HUM 205, PSY 105, FOR 110

 

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate characteristics of self direction and accountability with strong educational foundations for lifelong personal and professional growth.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to effectively address patient care and to adapt to the rapidly changing challenges in healthcare and medical assisting.
  • Provide clinically competent, contemporary care that recognizes individual differences and promotes caring behavior in the health care community.
  • Function as competent, beginning practitioner in both clinical and administrative procedures for the medical office.
  • Be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam offered through AAMA and/or the RMA exam by AMT.
  • Program provides comprehensive preparation of graduates for work in the career field.

The following are the employment rates as reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for the July 31, 2012 - June 30, 2013 period.

  • Northern Virginia, VA - 76%
  • Richmond, VA Moorefield - 70%
  • Richmond, VA Emerywood - 71%
  • Virginia Beach, VA - 74%
  • Newport News, VA - 85%
  • Charlotte, NC - 72%
  • Charlotte, NC Concord - 72%
  • Greensboro, NC - 79%
  • Charleston, SC - 70%
  • Raleigh, NC - 80%
  • Greenville, SC - 93%
  • Columbia, SC - 77%

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