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Program Information

NEW! Diploma program

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

Medical Assistant Information Sessions 
Date
 Time  Room
Tuesday, Dec. 1   4 pm   Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/3091858880

 

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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 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.

In 2017, the medical assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a student admission retention of 95.8%.

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
15
 ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105
 Composition I/Business and Technical Writing
4
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy and Physiology
4
 MATH 1010
 Dosage Calculations
1
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 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
 Third Semester
 7
 MnTC General Education Elective
7
 Fourth 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
 Fifth Semester
6
**MAST 2901  Externship
6
  MnTC General Education Elective Or Elective Courses 23
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
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology 4
 PSYC 1506
 Lifespan Development 4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communication 3
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communication 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 Credits
 
 EMED 1076
 BLS for the Healthcare Provider
1
 HLTH 1110
 ECG 1

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 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).

In 2017, the medical assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a student admission retention of 95.8%.

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.

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
                                                                                                           

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.

Part-Time Options

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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