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Medical Assisting A.A.S.

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    Medical Assisting A.A.S.

    Prepare for a career in healthcare as a medical assistant, one of the fastest-growing occupations in Alaska and the U.S. As a vital member of a healthcare team, medical assistants help physicians deliver patient care by performing a variety of clinical and administrative procedures.

Explore the medical assisting associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The only CAAHEP-accredited medical assistant program in Alaska, UAA’s Associate of Applied Science in medical assisting is also one of only a few programs in the state that qualifies you to sit for the AAMA Certified Medical Assistant exam.

Scholarships and financial aid

UAA offers numerous scholarships and awards that help students pay for college. In particular, you may qualify to apply for the UAA Administrative Scholarship and Second Chance Scholarship.

Flexible program options

Enroll in the accredited medical assisting associate program full time or part time. You can also take some classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau to help you earn your degree from UAA while studying closer to home.

Student advising and support

With expertise in course prerequisites, sequencing and registration, academic advisors in the College of Health can help you develop a program of study to successfully earn your associate degree in a timely manner.

Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Other program options: Occupational endorsement certificate in medical office coding

Did you know..

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s medical assisting program was recently ranked #7 by, placing it among the top 10 medical assistant schools in the country, ahead of American National University and Kaplan University.

What can you do with a medical assisting degree from UAA?

Many UAA medical assisting alumni are currently employed throughout Alaska in ambulatory settings such as clinics, physician’s offices and outpatient care centers.

Medical assisting careers

  • Clinical medical assistant
  • Administrative medical assistant
  • Clinic manager
  • Medical records manager
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Medical receptionist
  • Medical coder
  • Health insurance specialist

By the numbers..

5-year pass rate on the Certified Medical Assistant exam.
2016 UAA Medical Assisting Annual Report
Employer and alumni satisfaction rate.
2016 UAA Medical Assisting Annual Report

Medical assisting associate degree program highlights

From faculty and alumni support to clinical placements and facilities, the University of Alaska Anchorage offers numerous resources that help prepare you for a career in medical assisting.

  • Gain on-the-job training with a summer externship. Students in UAA’s medical assisting program complete 223 hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting such as a medical clinic to experience patient care first hand.
  • Learn from experienced healthcare professionals. Program faculty include UAA alumni and other Allied Health professionals who support you in and out of the classroom. They also oversee summer externships and guide you in career preparation.
  • Practice working with equipment and tools you’ll use as a medical assistant. The medical assisting program at UAA has four simulation examination rooms equipped with medical office supplies and SimChart, a simulation electronic medical records software.
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Participate in diverse groups and activities for healthcare professionals, including ongoing UAA workshops, seminars and events.

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Many students who earned their associate degree in medical assisting from the University of Alaska Anchorage work in the area and stay involved with the undergraduate program. They provide classroom instruction, externship placements and networking opportunities to current medical assisting majors.

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Celebrated every year during the third full week in October, this nationally recognized event shows appreciation for medical assistants and their work.

Medical assisting associate degree program curriculum

To prepare versatile, entry-level medical assistants for impactful work in the healthcare field, UAA’s medical assistant program offers a variety of coursework in administrative, clinical and general content areas.

Prepare for the certification exam and work toward your associate degree by developing technical skills in computer software and clinical procedures, as well as communication skills for working with patients and physicians. Learn how to record vital signs, draw blood, sterilize equipment, remove sutures, perform medical coding, prepare financial reports, comply with government and industry regulations and more.

Top classes for medical assisting majors

  • Gain an introduction to hands-on, skills-based clinical tasks performed by medical assistants in Clinical Procedures I.
  • Further develop skills in clinical tasks performed by medical assistants with hands-on learning in Clinical Procedures II.