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Medical Assisting

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 The Medical Assisting program provides training in both the administrative duties of the front office and the clinical procedures generally performed in the medical (back) office. 

Note: The application for the MA program is available under Downloads on this page. See the Application Process page for additional application details.

Under the supervision of a physician, Medical Assistant responsibilities may include:

  • Managing health records
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Taking vital signs and medical histories
  • Insurance billing and coding
  • Preparing and sterilizing instruments
  • Performing electrocardiograms (EKG's)
  • Administering medications
  • Assisting with minor surgical procedures under the direction of a physician

With training in medical assisting you will be prepared for employment in physician's offices, community health centers, urgent care centers, and select outpatient facilities. 

Program Degree and Certificate Options

In this program you can earn the following:

The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona. Some universities, such as Northern Arizona University (NAU), offer a bachelor degree in Health Professions, with your Medical Assisting certificate and degree credits transferable as a block.

Certification Process

Upon successful program completion, the student will be eligible to take the American Medical Technologists National Medical Assisting Exam for the RMA or Registered Medical Assistant credential.

Employment Outlook

The growth in opportunities for medical assistants is faster than the average occupation. Expansion of medical practices and demand for more preventive medical services will be driven by an aging baby-boom population and the need for more assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties.

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.

Enrollment for PC MA Program:

Year              #of students                 #of students graduated              Percentage of completers

2012                  27                                         21                                              78%

2013                  16                                         15                                              94%

2014                  20                                         18                                              90%

2015                  20                                         17                                              85%