Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting
Associate of Applied Science in Health Science
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Medical Assisting Overview

This program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Science-Medical Assisting. It prepares the student to perform clinical and administrative functions in a physician‘s office or other medical setting. The Program includes didactic classroom instruction, extensive hands-on laboratory experience, and externship in a local area medical facility. Medical Assisting graduates are CPR certified.

Students graduating from this program may be eligible to become Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, Certified Phlebotomy Technicians, and EKG Technicians.

Learn more about our Medical Assisting Program at our San Antonio, TX campus.


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

34 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
MED104Medical Terminology 3
MED112Medical Coding & Billing I 2
MED143Principles of Pharmacology 3
MED149Medical Ethics 3
MED158Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures 2
MED159Patient Intake & Infection Control 2
MED160Medical Office Procedures I 2
MED203Pathophysiology 3
MED229Advanced Procedures, Life Support & Specialties 2
MED232Advanced Diagnostics & Testing 2
MED239EKG Technician and Cardiology 2
MED254Medical Office Procedures II 3
MED286National Certification Exam Prep 1
MED295Medical Assisting Externship 4

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO101Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO104Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH120College Mathematics 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.


6 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR191Career Orientation 1
CIS108Office Applications 2
FOR110Essentials for Success 3

Program includes a total of 1,170 contact hours.

*The following courses are available online for Medical Assisting students: CIS108, COM115, COR191, ENG110, FOR110, HUM205, and PSY105. MED courses may be offered via Remote Synchronous Delivery (see Remote Synchronous and Hybrid Delivery of Courses/Programs).

Program Description

Medical Assistants perform a combination of clinical and administrative duties. Clinical duties might include preparing the patient for a physician’s examination, collecting and preparing specimens, performing basic laboratory tests and EKGs, removing sutures after surgery, changing dressings, sterilizing medical instruments, and administering injections. They also communicate extensively with patients and other healthcare providers. The administrative duties include scheduling appointments, recording information in electronics medical records, completing insurance forms, arranging for referrals to other healthcare institutions, performing billing functions, and purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment. These duties occur in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, urgent care, and other healthcare facilities.

For employment, students will generally need to pass a routine physical examination, background check, credit check, drug screening, and Mantoux test for tuberculosis and have current vaccinations, including Hepatitis B. Students must be able to comply with all federal regulations regarding HIPAA and OSHA.

Graduates could obtain employment as Medical Assistants, Phlebotomists, or EKG technicians, and they could be expected to work in any healthcare environment.

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.

  • 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.

Program Outcomes

The following are the employment rates as reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for the July 1, 2020 period June 30, 2021.

CampusOutcome %
Virginia Beach78%
Newport News71%
San Antonio83%
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