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Medical Assisting Advanced AS

 

Medical Assisting Advanced Overview (2314)

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health/default.aspx

Program Description

Medical assistants are multiskilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings, performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being. It requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills, gained through both formal education and practical experience, that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

This Associate in Science degree prepares students for employment as vital members of a physician's health care team. This program is taught in a medical office-like setting, allowing students to learn the necessary skills to work in both the administrative and clinical areas of a physician's practice, as well as outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, medical and diagnostic laboratories, kidney dialysis centers and offices of other health care practitioners.

Coursework for the Medical Assisting Advanced A.S. degree program covers anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, basic accounting, insurance processing and electronic health records. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, medication administration and first aid. Coursework also includes practice with such skills as insurance coding and billing, posting charges, basic bookkeeping, front office reception, patient assessment, assisting with examinations, giving injections, phlebotomy, taking vital signs, doing electrocardiography and much more.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college/university transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.

Program Length

2 years

Location

The program is offered at Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Penny Knight, Program Director, mintsp@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3165

Cathy Lombard, Health Sciences Advisor, lombardc@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3949

Employment Opportunities

The Medical Assisting Advanced Associate in Science degree will provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform both administrative and clinical duties in ambulatory care settings. Students can work in physician practices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and more.

Career Path Notes

Upon program completion, students may take a national certification in medical assisting such as the Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA); the Registered Medical Assistant, RMA (AMT); or the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, CCMA (NHA). They can also take the certification exam for Phlebotomy Technician, CPT (NHA).

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/bachelors/

In addition, coursed from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

General Education (Credits: 26)

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

Required Courses (Credits: 39)

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

MEA1007Introduction to Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1021CDiseases, Disorders and Treatments 1 (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1250CDiseases, Disorders and Treatments 2 (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1304Introduction to Medical Office Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1355Physician Reimbursement and Revenue (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2090Leadership for the Medical Assistants (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2246CPharmacology for Medical Assistants (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2248CBasic Lab and Phlebotomy (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2252CDiagnostic Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2305Advanced Medical Office Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2803CExternship for Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2939Seminar in Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 65

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 16)

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

MEA1007Introduction to Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 16)

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

MEA1021CDiseases, Disorders and Treatments 1 (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1304Introduction to Medical Office Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2248CBasic Lab and Phlebotomy (AS)

3 Credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

Term Three - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 18)

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

MEA1250CDiseases, Disorders and Treatments 2 (AS)

3 Credits

MEA1355Physician Reimbursement and Revenue (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2246CPharmacology for Medical Assistants (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2252CDiagnostic Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2305Advanced Medical Office Procedures (AS)

3 Credits

Term Four - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 15)

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

MEA2803CExternship for Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2090Leadership for the Medical Assistants (AS)

3 Credits

MEA2939Seminar in Medical Assisting (AS)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 65