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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) in Medical Assistant

Advance Your Career as a Medical Assistant with an Associate Degree

If you want to take the next step in your career as a Medical Assistant, continue your education with an associate degree in the field. This program is designed for graduates of the Charter College Certificate in Medical Assistant program who are medical assisting professionals and who hold a current national certification as a Medical Assistant. With an associate degree, you can seek employment in an allied health profession or as a Medical Assistant at a physician office, medical clinic, or hospital. Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade, and California employs more Medical Assistants than any other state. Washington is also among the top paying states for Medical Assistants. If you’re ready to further your education and your career, contact Charter College today.

AAS Medical Assistant Classes and Curriculum

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant program provides you with the knowledge and technical skills you need to find an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant. In classrooms and labs, you will learn how to prepare diagnostic tests, draw blood, maintain electronic health records, and use computer technology to enhance your potential for employment. In addition, you will complete assignments such as reading, exercises, problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations.

Medical Assistant topics that you will cover include:

  • Health Care Delivery System
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Phlebotomy
  • Electrocardiography
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

View the complete list of Medical Assistant courses in the Charter College Handbook.

AAS Medical Assistant Admissions

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant is designed for graduates of the Charter College Certificate in Medical Assistant program. Applicants to this program must have graduated with at least a 2.0 GPA and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED. Students must also have a current national medical assistant certification or have passed a national medical assistant certification exam within the past 90 days. Outside applicants should apply to the Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health program.

AAS Medical Assistant Program Length

30 weeks or 8 months

In as little as 8 months, you can get started on the path to a rewarding career as a Medical Assistant. Charter College starts classes every five weeks providing unparalleled flexibility and our unique learning approach helps you to graduate on time.

AAS Medical Assistant Blended Learning Delivery Method

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant program is available in a blended learning format. The combination of classroom and online learning gives you the flexibility to balance your classwork with family, work, and other commitments.

AAS Medical Assistant Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Medical Assistant program, you will be able to:

  • Perform accurate ECG diagnostic testing consistently
  • Perform successful blood specimen collections using appropriate technique
  • Perform Point of Care testing (urinalysis, glucose, occult blood, pregnancy testing)
  • Assign appropriate codes of diagnoses and procedures
  • Create accurate claim submission for reimbursement
  • Audit patient records to ensure completion and accuracy
  • Demonstrate effective supervisory and management skills
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to explore solutions for specific workplace concerns and contemporary issues
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in maintaining interpersonal relationships and communicating effectively in a professional environment
  • Understand key federal, state, and local health care policies

Prepare for Entry-Level Medical Assistant Careers

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant program prepares you to handle the duties and requirements of entry-level medical assistant or allied health positions. You can seek employment in hospitals, surgical centers, assisted living facilities, or physician offices.

Charter College Campuses that Offer Medical Assistant Training

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant program is available at Charter College in Oxnard, CA, Anchorage, AK, and Vancouver, WA.