Medical Assistant

Anoka Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Assistant program. This 60-credit program develops 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 32-41 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 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Assistant program 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. The program 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 student retention of 83.86%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, job placement average of 87.60%,employer satisfaction average of 100% and an exam pass average of 90.57% over the past five years (2011-2015).

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

 

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires any person with direct patient and resident contact at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to have a background study conducted by the state. An individual disqualified from direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student from the Medical Assistant program who is disqualified by the MDH. The student is then responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the qualification.

Full-Time Sequence

 First Semester
 Please see advisor for proper advisement.

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ENGL 1107
 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 1406
 General Psychology
4
 OR
 
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
4
TOTAL   6
 
 Fourth Semester
 Please see advisor for proper advisement.
 BIOL 1106
 Principles of Biology
4
 EMED 1076
 BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 MAST 1400  Pharmacology I
2
 MAST 2400
 Pharmacology II
2
 MAST 2600
 Laboratory II
4
 MAST 2700
 Clinical Procedures II
 3
TOTAL  
16
 
 Fifth Semester
 Please see advisor for proper advisement.

**MAST 2900  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 believe 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 practices 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, venipunctures, capillary punctures, hematology, urinalysis and kit testing.
  12. demonstrate 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 of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your program advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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  33763
727-210-2350

 

Certification

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs 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, 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/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

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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