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.
34 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits MED104 Medical Terminology 3 MED112 Medical Coding & Billing I 2 MED143 Principles of Pharmacology 3 MED149 Medical Ethics 3 MED158 Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures 2 MED159 Patient Intake & Infection Control 2 MED160 Medical Office Procedures I 2 MED203 Pathophysiology 3 MED229 Advanced Procedures, Life Support & Specialties 2 MED232 Advanced Diagnostics & Testing 2 MED239 EKG Technician and Cardiology 2 MED254 Medical Office Procedures II 3 MED286 National Certification Exam Prep 1 MED295 Medical Assisting Externship 4
Arts and Sciences
21 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits 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: Exploring the Humanities 3 MTH120 College Mathematics 3 PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.
6 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits COR191 Career Orientation 1 CIS108 Office Applications 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: 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
- EKG technicians
- Physician offices
- 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 Guide
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