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Minimum credits Required: 66

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Arizona Programs of Study AZ Programs of study

Description

The Medical Assistant degree program prepares students for the varied and expanded responsibilities involved in working within medical offices today.  Students will receive training in numerous areas, which will give them an understanding of the intricate workings within today’s medical businesses.  Graduates will have the skills necessary to obtain a position as a medical assistant. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification exam to become Registered Medical Assistants RMA).

 

General Education Requirements (19 credits)

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 5
Arts/Humanities (3 credits)    
One course.  Any course may be seleted from Arts/Humanities or Options. 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)    
One course.   3
Physical/Biological Sciences (4 credits)    
BIO 160 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4

Degree Core Requirements (47 credits)

Course Course Title Hours
AHS 100 Intro to U.S. Health Care Systems 3
AHS 102 Administrative Medical Front Office 4
AHS 105 Professionalism in Health Care Settings 3
AHS 110 Health Care Ethics and Law 3
AHS 131 Medical Terminology 3
AHS 141 Medical Assistant I 8
AHS 142 Medical Assistant II 10
AHS 143 Medical Assistant I Skills 2
AHS 144 Medical Assistant II Skills 4
AHS 289 Externship Medical Assistant 4
CIS 120 Intro to Computer Information Systems 3

 

Outcomes

The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of these programs of study.

 

Administrative:

  • schedule, coordinate and monitor appointments
  • schedule inpatient/outpatient admissions and procedure
  • Understand and apply third-party guidance
  • obtain reimbursement through accurate claims submission
  • understand and adhere to managed care policies and procedures
  • perform procedural and diagnostic coding
  • apply bookkeeping principles
  • manage accounts receivable.

Clinical: 

  • Apply principles of aseptic technique and infection control
  • comply with quality assurance practices
  • screen and follow up patient test results
  • collect and process specimens
  • perform diagnostic tests
  • adhere to established patient screening procedures
  • obtain patient history and vital signs
  • prepare and maintain examination and treatment areas
  • prepare patient for examinations
  • coordinate patient care information with other health care providers
  • assist with examinations, procedures and treatments
  • prepare and administer medications and immunization with guidance from physician
  • maintain medication and immunization records
  • recognize and respond to emergencies

General: 

  • display a professional manner and image
  • have good communication skills
  • recognize and respect cultural diversity
  • use medical terminology appropriately
  • serve as a liaison
  • perform within legal and ethical boundaries
  • implement and maintain federal and state health care regulations
  • recognize professional credentialing criteria

 

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