Medical Assistant

Anoka Technical College offers a Medical Assistant program in Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Our program 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 and part-time 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 that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administrative of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

The medical assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a job placement rate average of 84% and an employer satisfaction rate average of 80% over the past five years (2011-2015).
 

Prerequisites

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

Score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer test taken within the past 2 years OR score of 22 or higher on the Mathematics subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 2 years OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past 2 years 

Score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test taken within the past 3 years OR score of 18 or higher on the English subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 3 years OR Anoka Technical College ENGL 0101 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 3 years

Score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the Accuplacer test taken within the past 3 years OR score of 21 or higher on the reading subject area of the ACT test taken within the past 3 years OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 3 years

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
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records
2
 EMED 1076  BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1300  Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1600  Laboratory I
4
 MAST 2600
 Laboratory II
4
 MAST 1700  Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 1400  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 1200  Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 2300
 Medical Administrative II
2
 MAST 1500
 EKG
1
 MAST 2700  Clinical Procedures II
3
 MAST 2400
 Pharmacology II
2
 MAST 2900  Externship
7
 MATH 1020*
 Math for Health Care
 2
 TOTAL    45
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.
Students are required to take:
BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
       4
Four (4) credits must be selected from the following:
ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing
       4
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

 First Semester - Please see advisor for proper advisement
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ENGL 1105
 Composition I
4
 OR
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing
4
 HLTH 1000
 Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 MATH 1020  Math for Health Care
2
 SPCH 1120
 Public Speaking
3
 OR  
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
 3
TOTAL  
17
 
 Second Semester- Please see advisor for proper advisement
 MAST 1200
 Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 1300
 Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1500
 EKG
1
 MAST 1600
 Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1700
 Clinical Procedures I
 3
 MAST 2300
 Medical Administrative II
2
TOTAL   14
 
 Third Semester - Please see advisor for proper advisement
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records
2
 PSYC 1505
 General Psychology
4
 OR
 
 PSYC 1405
 Lifespan Development
4
TOTAL  
13
 
 Fourth Semester- Please see advisor for proper advisement
 BIOL 1106
 Introduction to Biology
4
 EMED 1076
 BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 MAST 1400  Pharmacology I
3
 MAST 2400
 Pharmacology II
2
 MAST 2600
 Laboratory II
2
 MAST 2700
 Clinical Procedures II
 4
TOTAL  
16
 
 Fifth Semester- Please see advisor for proper advisement
 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.

**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. The student is placed in a medical clinic for uncompensated, practical on the job experience. The 320- hour externship is supervised by clinical staff.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Competently perform as entry level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (learning), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains
  • Continue to provide quality graduates to support the needs of our community and area employers
  • 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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
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 may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Awards

AAS Degree

Delivery

Days
Evenings

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Deb LeHew
763-576-4026

Lisa Sailor
763-576-4084

Stacey Wanovich
763-576-4132

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

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