Medical Assisting

  • Medical Assisting

    Launch your career in a high-demand health care occupation. Medical assistants help health care providers deliver patient care by performing a variety of clinical and administrative procedures.

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The UAA Medical Assisting program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Assisting, as well as preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination, and an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding. Students will build the skills to become a versatile entry-level medical assistant. Students learn to perform clinical procedures such as drawing blood and removing sutures, as well as administrative tasks such as medical coding and preparing financial reports. They will also build communication skills for working with patients and health care providers.

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice, or small private office.

Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties to help the health care delivery setting run smoothly. They answer telephones, greet patients, fill out insurance forms, schedule appointments, prepare and maintain medical records, and manage practice finances. The clinical duties of a medical assistant may include taking patient histories and vital signs, preparing patients for procedures, collecting and processing specimens, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.

Applications to the program are open! Visit the Program Application Procedure webpage for more information.


Why choose Medical Assisting at UAA? 


Alumni and employer satisfaction rate of 100% according to the 2018 UAA Medical Assisting Annual Report.

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In-demand job field with high job placement rate and potential future occupational growth.

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Learn from experienced healthcare professionals, such as UAA alumni and other allied health professionals who support you in and out of the classroom. 


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: AAS in Medical Assisting


Catalog: OEC in Medical Office Coding


Lisa Nash

Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in UAA's Medical Assisting program. Our goal is to help you attain the skills and competencies needed to provide exceptional patient care. I am a graduate of this program and currently spend my summers working in a clinic in rural Alaska. UAA's Medical Assisting program provides a supervised hands-on experience allowing students to gain confidence and perfect their skills before heading out to practicum. Our program is a great choice for students looking to build a firm health career foundation, preparing for the Certified Medical Assisting exam (AAMA), or seeking to earn an Associate's Degree. Our school's mission is to educate and develop allied health professionals to serve all of Alaskans. We look forward to sharing a passion for patient care with you.


-Lisa Nash, M.Ed, CMA (AAMA)


Contact Us

(907) 786-4346

Physical Address
UAA School of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences Building
3500 Seawolf Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Medical Assisting
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508