Medical Assistant

Anoka Technical College offers two Medical Assistant programs, an associate in applied science (AAS) degree and a diploma. Our programs develop technical skills in all phases of medical assisting.

Medical assistant students study: 

Clinical Procedures: Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures: Administrative Procedures:
 Sterile technique  Rapid strep test Medical computer scheduling
 Suture removal  White blood counts Medical software
 Physician procedures  Cholesterol levels Insurance billing
    Diagnostic codes

The program concludes with a non-salaried, eight-week externship.  Students are placed in a clinic for practical on-the-job experience  supervised by instructors and clinical staff.

Full-time, part-time and weekends classes are available!

PDF Medical Assistant Handbook*

*Please DO NOT print handbook.  Print pages 36-45 for signature after reading handbook.  These pages must be handed in to the Medical Assistant Office prior to the first day of attending classes.

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant associate in applied science (AAS) is a 60-credit program.  The program prepares students to provide these medical office services under the supervision of a physician:

  • patient intake and care
  • routine diagnostic and recording procedures
  • pre-examination and examination assistance 
  • administration of medications and first aid

Students will study:

  • basic anatomy and physiology 
  • medical terminology 
  • medical law and ethics 
  • patient psychology and communications
  • medical office procedures 
  • clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

PDF  Program Guide

Prerequisites

Courses with the MAST prefix are restricted to students admitted to the Medical Assistant Program.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 EMED1075  First aid & CPR  1
 HLTH1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1007  Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1025  Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1035  Laboratory II
4
 MAST 1040  Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 1055  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 1150  Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 2007  Medical Administrative II
2
 MAST 2030  EKG
1
 MAST 2043  Clinical Procedures II
3
 MAST 2055  Pharmacology II
2
 MAST 2050  Externship
7
 TOTAL    45
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.
Students are required to take:
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records        2
 ENGL 105  Composition I
4
 *MATH 1020  Math for Health Care        2
 Four (4) credits must be selected from the following:
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Human Development        4
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology        4
     
Three (3) credits must be selected from the following:
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
3
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 TOTAL    15

* The pre-requisite for this course is a score of 81, higher on Accuplacer test or MATH 0801 “Basic Math” with a “B”, or better.

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
 First Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 *HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 *HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 *HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1150  Medical Assistant Seminar
2
*MATH 1020  Math for Health Care
2
 
TOTAL  
14
 
 Second Semester
 *BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 MAST 1007  Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1025  Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1040  Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 2007  Medical Administrative II
2
 
TOTAL  
15
 
 Third Semester
 EMED 1075  First Aid & CPR  1
 *ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 *PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development
4
 OR  
 *PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 *SPCH 1120  Public Speaking         3
 OR    
 *SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communication         3
 
TOTAL  
12
 
 Fourth Semester
 MAST 1035  Laboratory II
4
 MAST 1055  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 2030  EKG
1
 MAST 2043  Clinical Procedures II
3
 MAST 2055  Pharmacology II
2
 
TOTAL  
12
 
 Fifth Semester
 MAST 2050  Externship
7
 
TOTAL  
7

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

*May be completed ahead of required semester plan.
**All required course work must be successfully completed before participating in the externship.

Program Rationale

The Medical Assistant faculty believes that learning is a dynamic method facilitated by role modeling and surrounding students in a series of simulated classroom, clinical and laboratory settings.

The Medical Assistant program offers full and part-time classes. Prior to the externship, students successfully complete First Aid/CPR for Healthcare Workers. The student is placed in a medical clinic for uncompensated, practical on the job experience. The 320- hour externship is supervised by clinical staff. Many medical offices hire only certified medical assistants as they are well trained, credentialed and sufficiently competent to meet the medical doctor, physician assistant and/or registered nurses’ specific needs.

The medical assistant is qualified to work in clinics, urgent care clinics, blood collection centers, research facilities, and insurance companies. Medical assistants can tailor their hours to fit their family’s schedules.

Program Outcomes

This program offers an educational program for students who wish to pursue a career in the medical assistant field. This profession is the only allied health specifically trained to work in ambulatory health settings. Medical assistants are multi-skilled employees, competent to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures within the supervising physician’s scope of practice consistent with medical assisting education, training and experience.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Perform scheduling of admission, appointments and tests.
  2. Organize medical records.
  3. Apply administrative policies and procedures effectively.
  4. Demonstrate competent written and medical terminology skills.
  5. Demonstrate handling and disposing of medical waste.
  6. Apply principles and safety for laboratory procedures.
  7. Demonstrate efficient interpersonal skills with patients, medical personal and co-workers.
  8. Adapt methods and techniques to individual needs/capabilities of patients.
  9. Demonstrate professionalism with the legal and ethical boundaries of the medical assisting profession.
  10.  Demonstrate safety and emergency practice in health care surroundings.
  11. Perform vital signs, exam room preparation, patient data collection, documentation, billing, medical transcription, medical and surgical asepsis, dressing changes, catheterization, injections, drug administration, nutrition, electrocardiograms, veinipunctures, capillary punctures, hematology, urinalysis and kit testing.
  12. Demonstrates responsibility within the “scope of practice” of a medical assistant.

Program Goals

  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in cognitive (knowledge) psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Become an employer of choice.
  • Help students and communities live and learn well.
  • Foster an environment of critical thinking, effective communication, personal responsibility and initiative.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
727-210-2350

 

Certification

Graduate can take the National Certification Examination to become certified with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

A medical assistant is eligible to work in clinics, urgent care/express care/ minute clinics, blood collection centers, research facilities and insurance companies.

Duties could include administering injections, and blood pressure readings, rooming patients, drawing blood, performing commonly ordered laboratory tests and electrocardiograms (EKG), insurance coding, medical records and scheduling patients for special procedures or other medical appointment.

Medical assistants have direct patient contact and work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. The ability to demonstrate professionalism, communicates effectively, multitask, and perform procedures quickly and accurately is essential for success.

Advancement typically requires more training and certification. Many medical assistants choose to become nurses or other health care workers through further study. Administrative positions provide another popular career path because an administrative medical assistant can rise to the position of office manager without additional education.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Faculty

 

Deb LeHew
763-576-4748

Lisa Sailor
763-576-4894

Stacey Wanovich
763-576-4843

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant diploma is a 56-credit program.  Graduates will be prepared to provide a variety of  medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties under the supervision of a physician in a professional setting. 

Students will study:

  • basic anatomy and physiology
  • medical terminology
  • medical law and ethics
  • patient psychology and communications
  • medical office procedures
  • clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

PDF  Program Guide

Prerequisites

Courses with the MAST prefix are restricted to students admitted to the Medical Assistant Program.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 56
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 EMED 1075  First aid & CPR         1
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1007  Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1025  Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1035  Laboratory II
4
 MAST 1040  Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 1055  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 1150  Medical Assisant Seminar
2
 MAST 2007  Medical Administrative II
2
 MAST 2030  EKG
1
 MAST 2043  Clinical Procedures II
3
 MAST 2055  Pharmacology II
2
 MAST 2050  Externship
7
 TOTAL    41
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student isrequired to take:
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records                                  
2
 *MATH 1020  Math for Health Care
2
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
 OR  
 SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
3
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Human Development
4
 OR  
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 TOTAL    15

* The pre-requisite for this course is a score of 81, higher on Accuplacer test or MATH 0801 “Basic Math” with a “B”, or better.

Any remaining credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). 

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
  FIRST YEAR
 First Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 *ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 *MATH 1020  Math for Health Care
2
 *PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development
4
 OR  
 *PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 *SPCH 1120  Public Speaking
3
 OR    
 *SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 
TOTAL  
13
 
 Second Semester
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1150  Medical Assisant Seminar
2
 
TOTAL  
12
 
 Third Semester
 EMED 1075  First Aid & CPR  1
 MAST 1007  Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1025  Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1040  Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 2007  Medical Administrative II
2
 
TOTAL  
11
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fourth Semester
 MAST 1035  Laboratory II
4
 MAST 1055  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 2030  EKG
1
 MAST 2043  Clinical Procedures II
3
 MAST 2055  Pharmacology II
2
 
TOTAL  
13
 
 Fifth Semester
 **MAST 2050  Externship
7
 
TOTAL  
7

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

*May be completed ahead of required semester plan.
**All required course work must be successfully completed before participating in the externship.

Program Rationale

The Medical Assistant faculty believes that learning is a dynamic method facilitated by role modeling and surrounding students in a series of simulated classroom, clinical and laboratory settings.

The Medical Assistant program offers full and part-time classes. Prior to the externship, students successfully complete First Aid/CPR for Healthcare Workers. The student is placed in a medical clinic for uncompensated, practical on the job experience. The 320- hour externship is supervised by clinical staff. Many medical offices hire only certified medical assistants as they are well trained, credentialed and sufficiently competent to meet the medical doctor, physician assistant and/or registered nurses’ specific needs.

The medical assistant is qualified to work in clinics, urgent care clinics, blood collection centers, research facilities, and insurance companies. Medical assistants can tailor their hours to fit their family’s schedules.

Program Outcomes

This program offers an educational program for students who wish to pursue a career in the medical assistant field. This profession is the only allied health specifically trained to work in ambulatory health settings. Medical assistants are multi-skilled employees, competent to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures within the supervising physician’s scope of practice consistent with medical assisting education, training and experience.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Perform scheduling of admission, appointments and tests.
  2. Organize medical records.
  3. Apply administrative policies and procedures effectively.
  4. Demonstrate competent written and medical terminology skills.
  5. Demonstrate handling and disposing of medical waste.
  6. Apply principles and safety for laboratory procedures.
  7. Demonstrate efficient interpersonal skills with patients, medical personal and co-workers.
  8. Adapt methods and techniques to individual needs/capabilities of patients.
  9. Demonstrate professionalism with the legal and ethical boundaries of the medical assisting profession.
  10.  Demonstrate safety and emergency practice in health care surroundings.
  11. Perform vital signs, exam room preparation, patient data collection, documentation, billing, medical transcription, medical and surgical asepsis, dressing changes, catheterization, injections, drug administration, nutrition, electrocardiograms, veinipunctures, capillary punctures, hematology, urinalysis and kit testing.
  12. Demonstrates responsibility within the “scope of practice” of a medical assistant.

Program Goals

  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in cognitive (knowledge) psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Become an employer of choice.
  • Help students and communities live and learn well.
  • Foster an environment of critical thinking, effective communication, personal responsibility and initiative.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

Certification

Graduate can take the National Certification Examination to become certified with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant diploma program has credit tranferrability to the Medical Assistant associate in applied science (AAS) degree program.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

A medical assistant is eligible to work in clinics, urgent care/express care/ minute clinics, blood collection centers, research facilities and insurance companies.

Duties could include administering injections, and blood pressure readings, rooming patients, drawing blood, performing commonly ordered laboratory tests and electrocardiograms (EKG), insurance coding, medical records and scheduling patients for special procedures or other medical appointment.

Medical assistants have direct patient contact and work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. The ability to demonstrate professionalism, communicates effectively, multitask, and perform procedures quickly and accurately is essential for success.

Advancement typically requires more training and certification. Many medical assistants choose to become nurses or other health care workers through further study. Administrative positions provide another popular career path because an administrative medical assistant can rise to the position of office manager without additional education.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

 

Deb LeHew
763-576-4748

Lisa Sailor
763-576-4894

Stacey Wanovich
763-576-4843

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma

Delivery

Days
Evenings
Weekends

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Deb LeHew
763-576-4026

Lisa Sailor
763-576-4084

Stacey Wanovich
763-576-4132

“I came back to college when I was 50 years old. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it. But I did. Anoka Tech is aware of the challenges in the world of work and working adults and they are dedicated to the success of each returning adult.”