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Medical Assisting AAS Degree
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AAS: Medical Assisting
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Labs Simulate the Workplace: You’ll draw blood, perform basic lab tests on blood and urine, use microscopes to visualize cells and tissues, and perform standard lab procedures on each other. We teach you medication administration, vital signs and EKGs. Our curriculum includes the study of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, record keeping, accounting, insurance processing, office skills, lab techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, medical administration, first aid, ethics, and patient relations.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Medical Assisting provides a more liberalized education than the certificate program and many employers view the AAS degree as a sign of increased competency and readiness for career or salary advancement.

Externships at Leading Community Clinics: Supervised clinical experience is an integral part of your training. We have affiliation agreements with local leading clinics such as the University of Washington Medical Clinics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Harborview, Swedish Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Planned Parenthood, Swedish Physicians Network, the Poly Clinic, the Everett Clinic and at many smaller clinics. Externships often evolve into job opportunities for graduates.

In addition to the various fees charged by the college, students will have additional expenses, such as lab fees, scrubs and accessories, physical examination costs, program costs such as background checks, a $35.00 application fee and an immunization registry that is online.  

Learning Outcomes
  • • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • • 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
Prerequisites

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Course in this degree with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Medical Assisting AAS Degree Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and computer skills. See below.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement. See Program Director for more information.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Course Number

Prerequisite Courses

 

BCT 111 or BUS 169 or instructor permission

“Computer Skills”

 

5

AMA 117

Medical Terminology

5

Course Number

Certificate Requirements (credits)

 

CMA 101

Introduction to Medical Assisting

5

CMA 102

Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting

4

CMA 103

Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting

6

CMA 104

Billing and Coding Procedures

5

CMA 105

Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures

10

CMA 106

Administrative and Clinical Practice Review Lab

7

CMA 107

Medication Administration and Pharmacology

8

CMA 108

Medical Assisting Practicum (Externship)

12

                                                                                                                                  Certificate Total Credits:                57

                                                                                                               (excluding pre-requisites)

Course Number

General  Education/Related Instruction Requirements for AAS Degree (credits)

Credit Hours

Human Relations

Choose one of the following: BUS 236 preferred, HUM 105, ISP 101, ISP 105, ISP 110, POLS 112, SOC&101

5

US Cultures/ Global Studies Elective

Five credits selected from a list of approved US Cultures or Global Studies courses

5

QSR

Five credits selected from a list of approved Qualitative and Symbolic Reasoning courses. Math 107 recommended

5

Communication

Five credits selected from a list of approved Communications courses. English 101 OK

5

Living World

Five credits selected from a list of approved Living World courses. Nutrition or Chemistry recommended.

5

Electives

Any electives to total 90 needed credits for a degree.

 (prerequisites may count as electives)

8

Degree Total Credits: 90
(excluding pre-requisites)

 
Total Credits -- Minimum
90.00
Sequence

1st quarter:     CMA 101              Introduction to Medical Assisting                                         5

CMA 102              Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting             4

CMA 103              Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting                        6

2nd quarter:   CMA 104              Billing and Coding Procedures                                            5

CMA 105              Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures                           10

3rd quarter:    CMA 106              Procedure Review Lab (Dr. Mooney’s Clinic)                     7

CMA 107              Medication Administration and Pharmacology                   8

4th quarter:    CMA 108              Medical Assisting Practicum (Externship)                         12

5th and 6th quarters: all above General Education Requirements and electives if any. 

Elective Groups

General Electives

Any non-required college level (90 or higher) course may fulfill this requirement.

Communications

These 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.

Computation

These 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 Studies

These 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 Courses

These 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 World

Contact your advisor for current list of approved classes.

Natural World

These 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 Cultures

These 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.
Notes

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

Wages, employment trends and pathways:

Wages: Median annual wage in Washington State is $18.75 per hour and $39,000 per year. The national Median is $15.61 per hour and $32,480 annual (2017).  http://www.onetonline.org

Program Contact: Francie Mooney, Medical Assisting Program Director North Seattle College Francie.Mooney@seattlecolleges.edu

Advising Office: Tom Frankel, Advising North Seattle College Thomas.Frankel@seattlecolleges.edu                          

Program Website: northseattle.edu/programs/medical-assisting

Accreditation Information:

Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Employment trends: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 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

Degree Type
AAS