Medical Assistant

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Program Information 

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in a variety of healthcare settings performing clinical and administrative duties. The practice of medical assisting necessitates mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

Upon successful completion of the medical assistant courses, students will participate in a supervised 280-hour practicum in a healthcare setting, demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and behaviors of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) Core Curriculum in performing clinical and administrative duties, must be completed prior to graduation.

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The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant accredited diploma is a 37-credit program that prepares students to be a professional, multi-skilled medical assistant who is dedicated to assist in patient care management. Graduates are prepared to assist medical providers with examinations and treatments, conduct medical histories, perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing, sterilize instruments and supplies, assist with minor surgery, medical office administrative services and administer medications.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The Medical Assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a student retention of 90.00%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, and employer satisfaction average of 100% in the academic year of 2019.

Source: Medical Assisting Education Review Board's (MAERB) Annual Report Form (ARF)


 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical procedures, laboratory and medication administration in a medical practice utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Apply knowledge of medical laboratory techniques to accurately collect specimens, perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing, and report lab results appropriately.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups, and/or colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and information technologies within ambulatory care settings.
  • Identify, interpret, and apply ethical, legal and social issues associated within the field of a medical assistant scope of practice.
  • Employ a variety of administrative policies, procedures and techniques in a medical practice to deliver cost effective and quality healthcare.
  • Professionally demonstrate confidentiality, communicate effectively, collaborating within teams along with professionalism.
  • Use computer literacy skills and the ability to maintain electronic health records.
  • Illustrate a caring and empathic approach to all people and cultures when interacting with a diverse patient population in the healthcare field.
  • Reinforce healthy lifestyles through health promotion education of teaching individuals, families, and the community.

Career Opportunities

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, taking 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, communicate 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 information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant diploma 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 Programs (CAAHEP):
9355 135th St N, #7709
Seminole, FL  33775
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program Goals

  • To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession
  • 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

Medical Assistants 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

Certification

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

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.

Admissions Requirements

Successfully complete assessment requirement

  • Score of 275 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the NextGen Accuplacer or Anoka Tech Math 0801 with a grade of “B” or betteror equivalent test score taken within the past 2 years.
  • Score of 250 or higher on the Reading portion of the NextGen Accuplacer or ENGL 0102 or ENGL 0960 and READ 0900 or READ 0960 taken in the last three years or appropriate test score.
  • A minimum Computer Keyboarding assessment score of 25 wpm with a 93% accuracy rate or completion of a basic keyboarding course with a minimum “C” grade.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
 15
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1200
 Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 1301
 Medical Administrative for Medical Assistants
4
 MAST 1401
 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
 MATH 1401
 Dosage Calculations
1
 Spring Semester
 16
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 MAST 1602
 Introduction to Laboratory Skills
5
 MAST 1701
 Clinical Procedures I
4
 MAST 2701
 Clinical Procedures II
3
 Summer Semester
6
 MAST 2901
 Externship
6
                                                                                                           

Graduation Requirements

All course required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington require the completion of some sort of medical assisting education program. However, CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs meet the requirements of these six states. Therefore, our program meets the educational requirements of these states. All other 44 states do not require certification and because our program exceeds that requirement by leading to certification we have determined we meet the requirements to become a medical assistant in those 44 states. 

Faculty

Lisa Sailor
LSailor@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu

763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree includes the accredited 37-credit diploma. This program prepares students to be a professional, multi-skilled medical assistant who is dedicated to assist in patient care management. Graduates are prepared to assist medical providers with examinations and treatments, conduct medical histories, perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing, sterilize instruments and supplies, assist with minor surgery, medical office administrative services and administer medications. Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Upon graduation, students will earn both an accredited diploma and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The 27 credits of general education are Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses for students who wish to continue advanced healthcare education.

The Medical Assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a student retention of 90.00%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, and employer satisfaction average of 100% in the academic year of 2019.

Source: Medical Assisting Education Review Board's (MAERB) Annual Report Form (ARF)


 

Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant is to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical procedures, laboratory and medication administration in a medical practice utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Apply knowledge of medical laboratory techniques to accurately collect specimens, perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing, and report lab results appropriately.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups, and/or colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and information technologies within ambulatory care settings.
  • Identify, interpret, and apply ethical, legal and social issues associated within the field of a medical assistant scope of practice.
  • Employ a variety of administrative policies, procedures and techniques in a medical practice to deliver cost effective and quality healthcare.
  • Professionally demonstrate confidentiality, communicate effectively, collaborating within teams along with professionalism.
  • Use computer literacy skills and the ability to maintain electronic health records.
  • Illustrate a caring and empathic approach to all people and cultures when interacting with a diverse patient population in the healthcare field.
  • Reinforce healthy lifestyles through health promotion education of teaching individuals, families, and the community.
  • Successful completion of the AAS degree will provide transferable credits that allow students to continue their higher education.

Career Opportunities

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, taking 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, communicate 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 information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant diploma 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
9355 135th St N, #7709
Seminole, FL  33775
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

 

Program Goals

  • To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession
  • 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

Medical Assistants 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

Certification

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

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.

Admission Requirements

Successfully complete assessment requirement

  • Score of 275 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the NextGen Accuplacer or Anoka Tech Math 0801 with a grade of “B” or betteror equivalent test score taken within the past 2 years.
  • Score of 250 or higher on the Reading portion of the NextGen Accuplacer or ENGL 0102 or ENGL 0960 and READ 0900 or READ 0960 taken in the last three years or appropriate test score.
  • A minimum Computer Keyboarding assessment score of 25 wpm with a 93% accuracy rate or completion of a basic keyboarding course with a minimum “C” grade.

 

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 MnTC General Education & Elective Requirements
 This program requires completion of the following twenty-seven credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:
 COMM 1055
 Strengths and Wellness (Goal 1&2) 3
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology (Goal 5)  4
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development (Goal 5)  4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1&7)  3
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communications (Goal 1&7)  3
 SOSC 1010
 Introduction to Sociology (Goal 5&7)  3
 SOSC 2000
 Sociology of Work (Goal 5)  4
 BIOL 1106
 Principles of Biology (Goal 2&3)  4
 BIOL 2100
 Anatomy & Physiology I (Goal 2&3)  4
 BIOL 2200
 Anatomy & Physiology II (Goal 2&3)  4
 Or elective course(s):
   
 EMED 1076
 BLS for Healthcare Provider 1
 HLTH 1110
 ECG 1
 Fall Semester
15
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1200
 Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 1301
 Medical Administrative for Medical Assistants 4
 MAST 1401
 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
 MATH 1010
 Dosage Calculations
1
 Spring Semester
16
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I 4
 MAST 1602
 Introduction to Laboratory Skills
5
 MAST 1701
 Clinical Procedures I
4
 MAST 2701
 Clinical Procedures II
3
 Summer Semester
6
MAST 2901
 Externship 6
 Fall Semester
12
 MnTC Electives
 
12
Spring Semester
11
 MnTC Electives
 
11

Graduation Requirements

All courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington require the completion of some sort of medical assisting education program. However, CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs meet the requirements of these six states. Therefore, our program meets the educational requirements of these states. All other 44 states do not require certification and because our program exceeds that requirement by leading to certification we have determined we meet the requirements to become a medical assistant in those 44 states. 

Faculty

Lisa Sailor
LSailor@anokatech.edu

Deb LeHew
DLeHew@anokatech.edu

Stacey Wanovich
SWanovich@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710