Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
  2. Submit University of Alaska Anchorage application for admission and required transcripts.
  3. Take UAA-approved English and math placement tests. Call (907) 786-4500 for testing information.
  4. 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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
  2. 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.)
  3. Complete the major requirements listed below, including:
    1. Preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination requirements, and
    2. Additional major requirements.

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 A100Human Biology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software
CIOS A130A, CIOS A135A and 1 additional credit of CIOS coursework
MA A101Medical Terminology3
MA A104Essentials of Human Disease3
MA A120Medical Office Procedures4
MA A220Coding for the Medical Office3
MA A235Medical Insurance, Billing and Healthcare Documentation3
MA A250Clinical Procedures I4
MA A255Clinical Procedures II4
MA A295Medical Office Externship5
PSY A150Lifespan Development3
Total Credits38

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
Bookkeeping for Business I
Elementary American Sign Language I
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition for Health Sciences
Specimen Collection for Non-laboratory Personnel
Phlebotomy Practicum
Emergency Trauma Technician
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
Total Credits8-12

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:

  1. Entry-level psychomotor, affective and cognitive curriculum content areas of medical assisting.
  2. Professional and ethical behavior in the healthcare setting.
  3. Commitment to the medical assisting profession by sitting for the CMA (AAMA) exam.