As a Medical Assistant, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives each day. Medical Assistants play an essential role on a health care team by assisting physicians with clinical, laboratory and administrative duties.

From 2020-2030, the demand for Medical Assistants is expected to grow by more than 16% in Minnesota, making it one of the fastest-growing health care careers. After completing the Medical Assistant program at Anoka Tech, graduates are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants and immediately join an in-demand career.

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Nationally Accredited by CAAHEP

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100% graduate & employer satisfaction 

Advancement Blk

High growth compared to other careers in Minnesota

Potential Jobs:

  • Medical Assistant

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $24.92 per hour
Top Earners: $25.76 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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Amy Becker
Medical Assistant

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

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 Medial Assistant Program at Anoka Technical College has a five-year average of 100% for employer satisfaction in the academic years of 2019-2023.

YEAR

EXAM PASSAGE

EMPLOYER SATISFACTION

GRADUATE SATISIFCATION

2023

93.75%

100.00%

100.00%

2022

90.91%

100.00%

100.00%

2021

83.33%

100.00%

100.00%

2020

81.25%

100.00%

100.00%

2019

96.43%

100.00%

94.12%

Five-Year Average

89.89%

100.00%

98.04%

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

  • 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.

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.

Anoka Technical College's Medical Assitant program provides a hands-on education taught by industry experts. After successful completion of all first and second semester courses, students also complete a 280-hour externship, a supervised practicum in a health care setting.

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

What Students Learn

  • Clinical Procedures: sterile technique, suture removal, physician procedures
  • Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures: rapid strep test, white blood counts, cholesterol levels
  • Administrative Procedures: medical computer scheduling, medical software, insurance billing, diagnostic codes

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour and review the list below to get an idea of what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech.

Virtual Tour

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

 

  • 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.

 

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.

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

Program Sequence

MnTC General Education 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:

Course Number Course Title Credits
 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

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 1010  Dosage Calculations 1
Spring Semester 16
 ENGL 1107  Composition I (Goal 1&2) 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

Students can choose to start the Medical Assistant programs part-time. Students who start part-time will take longer to complete the program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Note: It is not possible to complete the full Medical Assistant program at a part-time rate. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term course sequence.

First Semester Part-Time Course Options *

    • 4 credits: Anatomy & Physiology - HLTH 1005
    • 2 credits: Medical Terminology - HLTH 1040
    • 1 credit: Dosage Calculations - HLTH 1010

View Course Schedule 

*AAS degree students can also take additional MnTC general education credits

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

Faculty

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Lisa Sailor
LSailor@anokatech.edu

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

Current Students

register for classes

A complete immunization record or immunity that is set in place by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider card. Documentation of negative QuantiFERON-TB Gold test (QFT-G), QuantiFERON -TB In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or T-SPOT. See Medical Assistant Handbook for information.

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

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. 

As a Medical Assistant, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives each day. Medical Assistants play an essential role on a health care team by assisting physicians with clinical, laboratory and administrative duties.

From 2020-2030, the demand for Medical Assistants is expected to grow by more than 16% in Minnesota, making it one of the fastest-growing health care careers.

After completing the Medical Assistant program at Anoka Tech, graduates are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants and immediately join an in-demand career.

Nationallyaccredited Blk

Nationally Accredited by CAAHEP

Satisfaction Blk

100% graduate & employer satisfaction 

Advancement Blk

High growth compared to other careers in Minnesota

Potential Jobs:

  • Medical Assistant

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $24.92 per hour
Top Earners: $25.76 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Hear from our Students

Profile 20C04AT 192X192

"Medical Assistants are always in demand. I want to work in the health care field and be able to interact with someone on a personal level, I wanted to be hands-on."

Amy Becker
Medical Assistant

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

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 Medial Assistant Program at Anoka Technical College has a five-year average of 100% for employer satisfaction in the academic years of 2019-2023.

YEAR

EXAM PASSAGE

EMPLOYER SATISFACTION

GRADUATE SATISIFCATION

2023

93.75%

100.00%

100.00%

2022

90.91%

100.00%

100.00%

2021

83.33%

100.00%

100.00%

2020

81.25%

100.00%

100.00%

2019

96.43%

100.00%

94.12%

Five-Year Average

89.89%

100.00%

98.04%

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

  • 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.

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.

Anoka Technical College's Medical Assitant program provides a hands-on education taught by industry experts. After successful completion of all first and second semester courses, students also complete a 280-hour externship, a supervised practicum in a health care setting.

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

What Students Learn

  • Clinical Procedures: sterile technique, suture removal, physician procedures
  • Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures: rapid strep test, white blood counts, cholesterol levels
  • Administrative Procedures: medical computer scheduling, medical software, insurance billing, diagnostic codes

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour and review the list below to get an idea of what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech.

Virtual Tour

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

 

  • 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.

 

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.

Program Sequence

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 1010  Dosage Calculations 1
Spring Semester 16
ENGL 1107  Composition I (Goal 1&2) 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

Students can choose to start the Medical Assistant programs part-time. Students who start part-time will take longer to complete the program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Note: It is not possible to complete the full MA program at a part-time rate. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term course sequence.

First Semester Part-Time Course Options *

    • 4 credits: Anatomy & Physiology - HLTH 1005
    • 2 credits: Medical Terminology - HLTH 1040
    • 1 credit: Dosage Calculations - HLTH 1010

View Course Schedule 

*AAS degree students can also take additional MnTC general education credits

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

Faculty

photo placeholder
Lisa Sailor
LSailor@anokatech.edu

Current Students

register for classes

A complete immunization record or immunity that is set in place by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider card. Documentation of negative QuantiFERON-TB Gold test (QFT-G), QuantiFERON -TB In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or T-SPOT. See Medical Assistant Handbook for information

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

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. 

Start Dates:

Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January**
Summer semester: May/June**

**Students who start in the spring will need longer to complete due to course prerequisites.

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