Ozark Catalog
Technical Certificates
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of General Studies

Medical Assisting

Program Chair
Melinda Rhynes, BS, CMA (AAMA)
Morton Hall (Russellville)
(479) 880-4036

Medical assistants are valuable members of the health care team and are trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. 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 a period of practical experience in a medical facility working under the supervision of clinic personnel and the Medical Assistant Program Director. Basic medical assistant training and education consists of learning experiences in science, communication skills, insurance and general office practices, as well as medical laboratory and examination room procedures.

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 examination, CMA (AAMA).

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.

Medical Assisting

Curriculum in Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science Degree
(60 Semester Credit Hours)

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
BST 1303 Introduction to Computers 3
EMTP 1001 CPR and First Aid for Health Care Providers 3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 1
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 3
Total 13
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HIT 1213 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II
(prerequisite: HIT 1123)
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
TMAT 1203 Technical Mathematics II (or higher math) 3
Total 15
HIT 2243 Diagnostic (ICD-10) Coding
(prerequisite: HIT 1123 and HIT 1243)
MA 2113 Basic Pharmacology with an Overview of Microbiology 3
MA 2123 Medical Office Computer Systems and Insurance 3
MA 2124 Medical Assistant Administrative Practice 4
Total 13
HIT 2323 Procedural (CPT) Coding
(prerequisite: HIT 1123 and HIT 1243)
MA 2212 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation LAB
(co-requisite: MA 2213)
MA 2213 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation
(co-requisite: MA 2212)
MA 2222 Medical Assistant Practice Laboratory
(co-requisite: MA 2223)
MA 2223 Medical Assistant Practice
(co-requisite: MA 2222)
  Total 13
Summer I
INT 2904 Internship
(co-requisite: MA 2312)
MA 2312 Medical Assistant Seminar
(co-requisite: INT 2904)
Total 6