- Communicate effectively in a medical office setting
- Identify and maintain legal standards appropriate for the field
- Function as a health care advocate and patient educator as appropriate
- Perform appropriate operational functions of medical assisting
- Perform clinical skills and follow diagnostic procedures effectively
- Perform appropriate administrative and finance tasks effectively
- AHE103 Math for Health Careers (3 credits)
- BUS169 Using Computers in Business or equivalent (5 credits)
- ENGL&101 English Composition or equivalent (5 credits)
- Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider and First Aid (American Heart Association or Red Cross) are required prior to enrolling in AMA 290 Externship.
|Course Number||General Education Requirements (20 credits)||Credit hours|
|Course(ENGL&101)||English Composition I||5|
|Varies||Quantitative Skills Requirement: College Level Math||5|
|Varies||Approved Human Relations Course||5|
|Varies||Five credits must be selected from an approved list of US Culture or Global Studies Courses||5|
|Course Number||Certificate Requirements (86 credits)||Credit hours|
|AMA100||Introduction to Healthcare and Critical Thinking||5|
|AMA101||Intercultural Communications in Healthcare||3|
|AMA102||Medical Law and Ethics||2|
|AMA118||Disease and Pathology for Medical Assistants||5|
|AMA119||Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants||5|
|AMA120||Front Office Basics||4|
|AMA125||Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding||5|
|AMA230||Medical Office Management||3|
|AMA234||Phlebotomy for the Medical Assistant||3|
|AMA235||Urinalysis, Microbiology and Chemistry||4|
|AMA236||Credentials and Employment||2|
|AMA290||Externship and CMA Review||9|
General ElectivesAny non-required college level (100 or higher) course may fulfill this requirement.
CommunicationsThese courses are currently approved to fulfill the Communications requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
ComputationThese courses are currently approved to fulfill the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
Global StudiesThese courses are currently approved to fulfill the Global Studies requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
Human Relations CoursesThese courses are currently approved to fulfill the Human Relations requirement for this specific degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
Living WorldContact your advisor for current list of approved classes.
Natural WorldThese courses are currently approved to fulfill the Natural World requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
US CulturesThese courses are currently approved to fulfill US Cultures requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.
What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?
- Greet and login in patients arriving at office/clinic
- Interview and record patients’ medical history, vital signs, weight, height and other health information in medical records, i.e. written or electronic forms
- Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean
- Prepare and administer medications as directed by physician
- Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens and prepare them for testing
- Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to the pharmacy
- Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets or physicians’ instructions to patients
- Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies in accordance with standards
- Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
- Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures
- Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission
- Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment
- Operate X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG) or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests
- Change dressings on wounds
- Set up medical laboratory equipment
- Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients
- Schedule appointments for patients
- Perform general office duties such as answering telephones, completing insurance forms
What are some potential job titles?
- Medical Assistant-Certified
- Medical Assistant-Registered
- Medical Assistant-Phlebotomist
Wages, employment trends and pathways
- Wages: Median annual wage was $29,960 per year, $14.41per hour in 2014. http://www.onetonline.org
- Employment trends: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm
- Pathways: RN, Physician Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Francie Mooney, Program Coordinator
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed these program, and other important information, please visit our website at https://northseattle.edu/about-north/gainful-employment-information.
Effective beginning: Spring 2016
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
381C / 51.0801