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Program Information 

The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a diploma that develops technical skills in all phases of medical assisting. Full-time and part-time classes are available. 

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.

Medical Assistant Information Sessions 
Date
 Time  Room
 March 2   2:30 pm   Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/91500780007
 April 21   5 pm   Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94608797402
 May 6   5 pm   Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/3091858880

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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 87.17%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, job placement average of 80.99%,employer satisfaction average of 100% and an exam pass average of 91.30% over the past five years (2013-2017)

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

 

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

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.

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
17
 ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105
 Composition I/Business and Technical Writing
4
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 MATH 1010
 Dosage Calcuations
1
 MnTC General Education Elective
  4
 Second Semester
16
 MAST 1200
 Medical Assistant Seminar
2
 MAST 1300
 Medical Administrative I
2
 MAST 1401
 Introduction to Pharmacology
2
 MAST 2300
 Medical Administrative II 2
 MnTC General Education Elective   8
 Summer Semester
 7
 MnTC General Education Elective   7
 Third Semester
16
 MAST 1601
 Laboratory I
3
 MAST 1700
 Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 2601
 Laboratory II
3
 MAST 2701
 Clinical Procedures II
3
 MnTC General Education Elective
 
4
Fourth Semester
6
 MAST 2901
 Externship
6
 

All required course work must be successfully completed before participating in the externship.

 MnTC General Education & Elective Courses
Students can choose Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and/or elective courses to add up to 23 credits. MnTC credits must be from three different goal areas and can be completed separate from or together with the technical credit requirements. Note: MnTC or elective credits are not listed in your program sequence plan. Please see your faculty advisor or enrollment services for help in planning when to complete your MnTC credits.
 COMM 1055
 Strengths and Wellness
 3
 PSCY 1406
 General Psychology
 4
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development
 4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
 3
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communications
 3
 SOSC 1010
 Introduction to Sociology
 3
 SOSC 2000
 Sociology of Work
 4
 BIOL 1106
 Principles of Biology
 4
 BIOL 2100
 Anatomy & Physiology I
 4
 BIOL 2200
 Anatomy & Physiology II
 4
 Or Elective Course(s)
 EMED 1076
 BLS for Healthcare Providers
 1
 HLTH 1110
 ECG  1

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

PDFPart-time Options

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 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

 

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.

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

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 87.17%, graduate satisfaction of 100%, job placement average of 80.99%,employer satisfaction average of 100% and an exam pass average of 91.30% over the past five years (2013-2017)

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

 

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

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.

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.

Fall 2020 Sequence

 First Semester
 17
 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 2300
 Medical Administrative II 2
 MATH 1010
 Dosage Calculations
1
 Second Semester
 14
 MAST 1401
 Introduction to Pharmacology
2
 MAST 1601
 Laboratory I
3
 MAST 1700
 Clinical Procedures I
3
 MAST 2601
 Laboratory II
3
 MAST 2701
 Clinical Procedures II
3
Third Semester
6
 MAST 2901
 Externship
6
                                                                                                           

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

PDFPart-time Options

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 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

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.

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

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma

Delivery

Days
Evenings

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Lisa Sailor
LSailor@anokatech.edu

Deb LeHew
DLeHew@anokatech.edu

Stacey Wanovich
SWanovich@anokatech.edu

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