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Medical Assisting Program

AAS Medical Assisting

A Career that Will Never Flatline

Our Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares you for a rewarding career as a medical assistant in a private practice, hospital, clinic or government agency.  The goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative or clinical duties.  The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for the entry into the profession.  

Students in the program participate in classroom and laboratory activities that include typing/transcription, communications, taking vital signs, microscopy and vision testing. Upon graduation, students must be able to complete the necessary external performance objectives as set forth by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Note that prior to enrollment students must present proof of having completed CPR training from a recognized agency.  Internship sites or employers may require drug testing as a condition of employment. 

Skills You'll Learn
1 Calculate and administer medications as directed by a licensed physician.
2 Demonstrate and practice behavior consistent with the legal and ethical standards of the medical profession, including efficient performance of duties and teamwork.
3 Develop strong oral, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
4 Effective communication using knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
5 Employ information technology literacy skills required to perform medical assistant duties.
6 Perform administrative and clinical tasks to AAMA standards using recommended safety and risk-reduction precautions.
7 Pursue new learning opportunities within the community for personal and professional growth.
Medical Assisting Program
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Source: Bryant & Stratton College
2011-12 Placement Report
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