Medical Assisting

The UAA 40-credit CMA Exam Preparation course of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE): CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-553-9355. Students who complete the UAA AAS degree in Medical Assisting or the CMA Exam Preparation courses, as outlined below, are eligible to sit for the CMA examination. Please note: Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the CMA exam; however, a waiver may be granted by the American Association Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certifying Board in cases of mitigating circumstances.

The Medical Assisting department offers four career paths:

In order to perform medical assisting duties, a student should have good manual dexterity, visual ability to locate patient veins and interpret color changes, and good hearing acuity. Most medical assistants should be able to lift in order to assist patients, be able to bend, reach, and kneel; many medical assistants are required to stand for long periods of time. Please contact the Medical Assisting department for a list of medical assisting technical standards required for students to successfully complete the clinical portion of the medical assisting program.

Other employment opportunities for which the Medical Assisting program provides training include medical transcriptionist, medical receptionist, medical coder, and health insurance specialist. Medical terminology courses are valuable for all health science students and may be taken by anyone entering a health occupation. Formal admission to the Medical Assisting program is not required for all courses. 

Duties of a Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics, and group practices. They perform both administrative and clinical tasks to help keep busy medical practices running smoothly. Clinical duties include:

  • assisting with examinations,
  • recording vital signs,
  • preparing patients for various procedures,
  • sterilizing instruments,
  • maintaining examining rooms,
  • drawing blood,
  • recording electrocardiograms,
  • removing sutures and changing dressings.

Administrative responsibilities of the medical assistant include answering telephones and greeting patients, maintaining medical records, performing medical coding, completing health insurance forms, scheduling appointments, and preparing medical and financial reports.


ICD-10-CM Training for Coders and Medical Assistants Information

This two-day course provides comprehensive training and hands-on practice in guidelines and coding from all chapters of ICD-10-CM.  Please reference the documents provided for additional course information, course schedule, and UAA admissions and registration information.