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    Terra State Community College
  Nov 22, 2017
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook

Medical Assisting, AAS

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Program of Study

The Medical Assistant works in a variety of health care settings: medical offices, clinics, and ambulatory care facilities. Medical Assisting duties vary between administrative and clinical skills. Medical Assistants help to ensure a smooth and functional health care setting and to provide a patient centered approach to quality health care. The program provides individuals with hands-on clinical skills, knowledge, and an understanding of the profession of Medical Assisting through classroom instruction, clinical skills, and externship.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT).

The faculty have identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Display professionalism and ethical responsibility in performing as a medical assistant.
  • Apply HIPAA regulations in regards to the privacy of patient’s medical information.
  • Use effective communication skills with patients, physicians, and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. Use medical terminology correctly when communicating with other healthcare professionals.
  • Perform administrative duties such as maintaining patient’s medical records, scheduling appointments, opening and closing the medical office, answering the phone, and using computerized practice management software.
  • Perform clinical duties such as assisting the physician with procedures and exams, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, patient screening, documentation, collecting and processing specimens, performing phlebotomy, performing CLIA waived testing, administering medications, performing ECGs and spirometry.
  • Apply knowledge in the principles of infection control, aseptic techniques, and OSHA standards that apply to the medical office.
  • Apply knowledge in local, federal and state legislation as it applies to patient care, performing within the scope of practice, and safety to patients.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge in bookkeeping including accounts payable and accounts receivable, medical coding, and third party guidelines.
  • Perform dosage and mathematical calculations of medications and administer medications per physicians order. 
  • Serve as an advocate for patients when dealing with the physician and third parties.


Medical Assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, optometry offices, and dental offices.

Total Technical Credit Hours: 31

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 29

Total Credit Hours: 60

Entry Level Requirements for the MA Degree:

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

Recommended Course Sequence - 2 year
Recommended Course Sequence - 3 year
Recommended Course Sequence - 4 year

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