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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

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The Medical Assisting program provides training in both the administrative and the clinical procedures generally performed in the medical office. Job functions include patient intake and scheduling, bookkeeping and medical record management. Clinical duties involve performing specific diagnostic laboratory procedures, administering medications and assisting with minor surgical procedures under the direction of a physician/clinician.

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

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)

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 Medical Assisting. All your Medical Assisting certificate or degree credits may transfer 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 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 needfor more assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties.

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