Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
- Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
- Submit University of Alaska Anchorage application for admission and required transcripts.
- Take UAA-approved English and math placement tests. Call (907) 786-4500 for testing information.
- Call (907) 786-6933 to make an appointment with a medical assisting academic advisor prior to registering for classes.
Medical assisting courses are offered in fall and spring semesters. A six-week office practice (externship) begins in May. Some courses are offered only once per year. Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes in order to determine the best sequencing of courses for their program of study. Part-time students are welcome.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees (15 credits). (Completion of BIOL A100 and PSY A150 fulfill the requirement of 6 credits of mathematics, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.)
- Complete the major requirements listed below, including:
- Preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination requirements, and
- Additional major requirements.
Preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination
Demonstrate the following, or complete preparatory courses as recommended by the medical assisting academic advisor.
- Placement into MATH A055 or above, or completion of MATH A054 with a minimum grade of C.
- Placement into WRTG A111 or above, or completion, with a minimum grade of C, of PRPE A107 and WRTG A110.
- Recommended keyboarding skill of 45 wpm or completion of keyboarding course(s).
- Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
|BIOL A100||Human Biology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software|
|MA A101||Medical Terminology||3|
|MA A104||Essentials of Human Disease||3|
|MA A120||Medical Office Procedures||4|
|MA A220||Coding for the Medical Office||3|
|MA A235||Medical Insurance, Billing and Healthcare Documentation||3|
|MA A250||Clinical Procedures I||4|
|MA A255||Clinical Procedures II||4|
|MA A295||Medical Office Externship||5|
|PSY A150||Lifespan Development||3|
Successful completion of the above-listed 38 credits is required to be eligible to sit for the CMA Examination.
Additional Information Regarding MA A295
- A recent physical examination is required prior to the beginning of the externship. Each student must submit a physical examination that certifies the student is free from infectious diseases and physically able to participate in the externship portion of the program.
- Current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) certificate in CPR/AED for infants, children and adults, and first aid certification are required prior to the start of externship and must be kept current throughout the externship course.
- Current immunizations, proof of medical insurance and criminal background checks are required by some medical offices which serve as medical office externship sites. The cost to meet these requirements is the responsibility of the student. Students who are injured while completing externship assignments are responsible for all associated medical costs. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain personal medical insurance.
- Transportation to off-campus externship sites is the responsibility of the student.
Additional Major Requirements
|Select from the following:||8-9|
|Principles of Financial Accounting I|
or ACCT A120
|Bookkeeping for Business I|
|Elementary American Sign Language I|
|Principles of Nutrition|
or DN A203
|Nutrition for Health Sciences|
|Specimen Collection for Non-laboratory Personnel|
or MEDT A195A
|Emergency Trauma Technician|
or EMT A130
|Emergency Medical Technician I|
|Introduction to Health Occupations|
|Core Concepts in the Health Sciences|
|Medical Transcription II|
|Advanced Case Studies in Medical Coding|
|Introduction to Nursing|
|Introduction to Pharmacy|
|Fundamentals for Limited Radiography I|
A minimum of 60 credits is required for this degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students are able to demonstrate:
- Entry-level psychomotor, affective and cognitive curriculum content areas of medical assisting.
- Professional and ethical behavior in the healthcare setting.
- Commitment to the medical assisting profession by sitting for the CMA (AAMA) exam.