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Medical Assisting

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting is designed to provide education and training for employment as Medical Assistants along with a transfer pathway to a baccalaureate degree. Medical assistants are integral members of the administrative and clinical healthcare team in various healthcare settings. Medical assistants act as liaisons between the healthcare providers and patients, and are of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam. In addition, obtaining the associate degree is designed to provide an opportunity for advancement in the healthcare field. Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in Medical Assisting and Medical Administrative Assisting are also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Medical Assisting (DEG)
Total Credits Required
64-74
Notes

Successful completion of MAS101 is required for progressing in the Medical Assisting program.

Per programmatic accreditation requirements, students must pass all the psychomotor and affective skills contained within each course in order to successfully complete the course.

Students cannot repeat a course more than once.

This program is delivered in a fast-track format.

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Students interested in transferring to the NAU BS in Health Science-Medical Assisting can satisfy the relevant Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and transfer requirements by completing the following courses:

An additional course with the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general studies designation 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
An additional course with the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications general studies designation. 3
Recommend MAT206 Elements of Statistics 3 OR PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3

What You'll Learn
  • Value empathy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity in the healthcare setting. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (COM), [SB], [SG])
  • Apply ethical and legal guidelines and scope of practice to administrative and clinical settings, including use of technology and management of medical documents. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (CRE), [HU], [SB], [SG])
  • Perform administrative skills and procedures in an ambulatory healthcare environment. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Apply knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology as a healthcare professional. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (CRE), [FYC], [SG])
  • Use critical thinking to follow current best practices in healthcare. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA], [SB])
  • Communicate effectively in a culturally responsive manner with patients and the healthcare team. (MAS101, MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Utilize numerical concepts and data relevant to the healthcare field. (MAS102, MAS103, MAS104, MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, [MA], [SG])
  • Perform various clinical and laboratory procedures using safety protocols under supervision of the healthcare provider. (MAS201, MAS202, MAS203, MAS204, MAS205, (CRE), (COM), [FYC], [MA], [SG])
  • Evaluate appropriate types of information relevant to the healthcare field. ((CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:42
MAS101Introduction to Medical Assisting2
MAS102Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting6
MAS103Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology6
MAS104Medical Administrative Assisting Practicum4
MAS201Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting6
MAS202Laboratory Testing in Ambulatory Healthcare Settings6
MAS203Medical Assisting Pharmacology6
MAS204Clinical Medical Assisting Practicum4
MAS205Medical Assisting Program Review2
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
None
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0
None.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-32
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Recommended: COM100 or COM110. COM225 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to NAU BS in Health Sciences - Medical Assisting.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area3-6
 
Recommend the following courses for students who are interested in transferring to university:
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6)3-6
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10-14
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
 
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) is recommended for students interested in transferring to the NAU BS in Health Sciences - Medical Assisting.
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4-8
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)4-8

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