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, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, 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
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
HSCI 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HSCI 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 3
Total 12
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HSCI 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II
(prerequisite: HSCI 1123)
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
TMAT 1203 Technical Mathematics II (or higher math) 3
Total 12
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the MA courses below.
MA 2113 Basic Pharmacology with an Overview of Microbiology 3
MA 2123 Medical Office Computer Systems and Insurance 3
MA 2133 Medical Assistant Administrative Practice 3
MA 2143 Coding Practices for Medical Office 3
MA 2153 MA Role in Emergency Preparedness 3
Total 15
MA 2213 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation
(co-requisite: MA 2214)
MA 2214 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation LAB
(co-requisite: MA 2213)
MA 2222 Medical Assistant Practice Laboratory
(co-requisite: MA 2223)
MA 2223 Medical Assistant Practice
(co-requisite: MA 2222)
MA 2233 Legal and Ethical Practices for the Medical Office 3
  Total 15
Summer I
MA 2312 Medical Assistant Seminar
(co-requisite: MA 2314)
MA 2314 Medical Assistant Practicum
(co-requisite: MA 2312)
Total 6