Medical Assistant

College Medical Assistant program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and diploma that develops technical skills in all phases of medical assisting.

Medical Assistant Information Sessions
 Date
 Time  Room
 Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019
 5 pm  151
                                                                                                                                                           

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.


Friday, June 22 10am Rm 154
Friday, July 27
 10am Rm 154

Friday, June 22 10am Rm 154
Friday, July 27
 10am Rm 154

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree includes the accredited 49-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 15 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 91.67%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, employer satisfaction of 100% and a national certification exam pass rate of 100% from the 2016 cohort.

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

 

Course Prerequisites

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

  • MAST 1300: Basic Computer Keyboarding or 25 wpm keyboarding ability or equivalent
  • MAST 1600 and 1700:Documentation of Hepatitis B immunity or documentation of two Hepatitis B immunizations prior to starting these courses.
  • MAST 2600 and 2700: A complete immunization record that is set in place by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See Medical Assistant student handbook at: https://www.anokatech.edu/-/media/Files/New-Web-Site-Files/Programs-and-Courses/Health/Medical-Assistant-Program-Handbook.ashx?la=en&hash=92138AA8B1472DEFD7193CEA08CCF8483E038164
  • MAST 2900: Copy of current American Heart Association BLS Provider (must be current throughout the externship).
  • TB blood tests
  • Documentation of negative QuantiFERON®-TB Gold test (QFT-G), QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or T-SPOT®.

Documentation Requirements, if the test is positive, the individual must have the following:

  • A negative chest x-ray within six months prior to beginning of the clinical experience. This test may be required more frequently by clinical site requirements.
  • Documentation from a medical provider will be required to work with patients

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 OR ENGL 2105
 Composition I/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 OR SPCH 1200
 Public Speaking/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 OR PSYC 1506
 General Psychology/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 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.

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

Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or diploma in Medical Assistant must complete all of the required course outlined on the program plan with a C or better grade in each course.

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

Title for Placeholder Bar

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant accredited diploma is a 49-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 91.67%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, employer satisfaction of 100% and a national certification exam pass rate of 100% from the 2016 cohort.

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

 

Course Prerequisites

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

  • MAST 1300: Basic Computer Keyboarding or 25 wpm keyboarding ability or equivalent
  • MAST 1600 and 1700:Documentation of Hepatitis B immunity or documentation of two Hepatitis B immunizations prior to starting these courses.
  • MAST 2600 and 2700: A complete immunization record that is set in place by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See Medical Assistant student handbook at: https://www.anokatech.edu/-/media/Files/New-Web-Site-Files/Programs-and-Courses/Health/Medical-Assistant-Program-Handbook.ashx?la=en&hash=92138AA8B1472DEFD7193CEA08CCF8483E038164
  • MAST 2900: Copy of current American Heart Association BLS Provider (must be current throughout the externship).
  • TB blood tests
  • Documentation of negative QuantiFERON®-TB Gold test (QFT-G), QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or T-SPOT®.

Documentation Requirements, if the test is positive, the individual must have the following:

  • A negative chest x-ray within six months prior to beginning of the clinical experience. This test may be required more frequently by clinical site requirements.
  • Documentation from a medical provider will be required to work with patients.

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 OR ENGL 2105
 Composition I/Business and Technical Writing
4
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 MAST 1200
 Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 1300
 Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1400
 Pharmacology I 1
 MAST 1500
 EKG 1
 MAST 2300
 Medical Administrative II 2
 MAST 2400
 Pharmacology II 2
TOTAL  
21
 
 Second Semester
 Please see advisor for proper advisement.

 MAST 1600
 Laboratory I
4
 MAST 1700
 Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 2600
 Laboratory II
4
 MAST 2700
 Clinical Procedures II
3
 EMED 1076
 BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
TOTAL   15
 
 Summer
 Please see advisor for proper advisement.
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records
2
 HLTH 1000
 Disease Conditions
2
 MATH 1020
 Math for HealthCare
2
TOTAL   6
 
Third 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 Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.

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

Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or diploma in Medical Assistant must complete all of the required course outlined on the program plan with a C or better grade in each course.

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.

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Deb LeHew
763-576-4748

Lisa Sailor
763-576-4894

Stacey Wanovich
763-576-4843

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

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Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma

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

“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.”