Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. The medical assistant curriculum is a two-year associate of applied science degree program. This program offers the student a broad foundation in basic medical assisting skills including an externship (practicum) in a medical facility under the supervision of clinic personnel and the Medical Assistant Program Director. Basic medical assistant training and education consist of learning experiences in communication skills, examination room procedures, clinical laboratory skills, and general office practices.
Admission to the second year of the program is on a competitive basis.
The Arkansas Tech University Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Students who successfully complete the associate degree program for medical assistants will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.
Curriculum in Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree
|Course #||Course Name||Semester Hours|
|BST 1303||Introduction to Computers||3|
|EMTP 1001||CPR and First Aid for Health Care Providers||1|
|ENGL 1013||Composition I||3|
|HIT 1103||Health Data Content and Structure||3|
|HIT 1113||Medical Terminology||3|
|HIT 1123||Human Anatomical Structure||3|
|ENGL 1023||Composition II||3|
|HIT 1213||Legal Aspects of Health Information
(prerequisite: HIT 1103)
|HIT 1243||Human Anatomy and Physiology
(prerequisite: HIT 1113)
|MA 1023||Basic Pharmacology with an Overview of Microbiology||3|
|TMAT 1203||Technical Mathematics II (or higher math)||3|
|BST 1043||Professional Communication||3|
|HIT 2223||Diagnostic (ICD-10) Coding||3|
|MA 2022||Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation LAB||2|
|MA 2023||Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation||3||PSY 2003||General Psychology||3|
|HIT 1203||Computers in Healthcare
(prerequisite: HIT 1103)
|HIT 2323||Procedural (CPT) Coding||3|
|MA 2032||Medical Assistant Clinical Practice Laboratory||2|
|MA 2034||Medical Assistant Clinical Practice||4|