Medical Assistant, Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Medical Assistant prepares students in the first year of the curriculum to perform initial clerical and administrative duties in medical, clinical, hospitals, and other medical facilities. The student will be prepared to schedule and receive patients, obtain patient data, receive payment, maintain medical records, data processing, perform general office skills, operate office equipment, and assume medical office responsibilities.
The second year adds skills in pharmacology, phlebotomy, and clinical skills with emphasis on the role of the medical assistant as an integral member of the medical care delivery team. This includes performing patient intake, medication documentation, routine diagnostics and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, preparing and administering medications, and first aid. Students are instructed in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, patient psychology and communication, medical office procedures, clinical diagnostic examination, testing and treatment procedures.
Students are required to complete the College's placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the placement process.
Due to the nature of this curriculum and the access to drugs, all students will have to declare themselves “drug free” and be subject to a criminal background check. Any student who is unable, for any reason, to complete the practice parts of this curriculum will not be able to continue in the program. Drug testing will be done prior to clinical practice. Graduates may choose to take a national certification examination at the successful conclusion of the program.
For more information go to myLakerLink at https://mylakerlink.socc.edu/ICS/Admissions/Program_Specific_Forms.jnz.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Medical Assistant degree is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate general knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical law and ethics.
- Demonstrate proficiency in medical office administrative practices.
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of clinical practice.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|MTH20||Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)||4|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|AH100||Introduction to Health Care Careers||2|
|AH111||Medical Terminology I||3|
|AH121||Body Structures and Functions I 7||3|
|AH152||Medical Law and Ethics||2|
|WR115||Fundamentals of Report Writing 1||4|
|AH112||Medical Terminology II||3|
|AH122||Body Structures and Functions II 7||3|
|AH150||Medical Office Coding||3|
|Specific Elective 2||3|
|AH131||Clinical Procedures I||4|
|CLA100||Clinical Lab Asst Skills I||4|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations||3|
|MTH98||Math Literacy 3||4|
|AH280A||CWE: Allied Health Front Office 4||2|
|AH132||Clinical Procedures II||4|
|SP218||Interpersonal Communication 5||3|
|Specific Elective 2||6|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|AH280B||CWE: Allied Health Back Office 4||3|
|Specific Elective 2||6|
|HIM183||Health Information Systems||3|
|AH297||NHA Licensure Qualification||2|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 6||3|
|Specific Elective 2||4|
A higher writing may be substituted, excluding WR241.
Call 541-888-7405 to schedule with Internship Coordinator one month prior to term. All first year courses must be completed with a ‘C’ or higher before taking AH280A. All of the first and second year courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better before taking AH280B. These courses require an application to be submitted to document requirements such as immunizations, drug screen, current CPR card, and criminal background check. See Oregon Health Authority, Chapter 409, Division 30 for details.
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.