Medical Assisting

Program Overview

The UAA Medical Assisting program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting, as well as preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination and an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding.

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What is a medical assistant?

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics, and outpatient care centers. These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. 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.

Is medical assisting right for you?

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, and be able to bend, reach, and kneel; many medical assistants are required to stand for long periods of time. Other employment opportunities for which the Medical Assisting program provides training include medical transcriptionist, medical receptionist, medical coder, and health insurance specialist.