Medical Assisting A.A.S.

  • A student takes a patient's blood pressure

    Medical Assisting A.A.S.

    Prepare for a career in healthcare as a medical assistant, a consistently high-demand occupation in Alaska and the U.S. As a vital member of a healthcare team, medical assistants help health care providers 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

UAA’s Associate of Applied Science in medical assisting is one of only a few programs in the state that qualifies you to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certified Medical Assistant exam. As an associate’s program, it also provides essential education in writing, interpersonal communication and critical thinking — skills which are highly valued among employers.

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 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. Pre-majors must apply for admission to the full major.

Availability:Anchorage campus

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

Other program options: Occupational endorsement certificate in medical office coding

Did you know..

Thanks to our strong industry connections and high demand among employers, all graduates of the program seeking medical assisting positions are hired after graduating.

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 scribe
  • Medical receptionist
  • Medical biller/coder
  • Health insurance professional

By the numbers..

100%
Alumni and employer satisfaction rate.
2018 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 240 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 electronic medical records software.
Students working together on laptops in a lecture

Students participate in interprofessional education opportunities, including ongoing UAA workshops, seminars and events.

Interprofessional Education
Students work together in a lecture

Learn from program faculty who have extensive experience in the medical assisting field. They provide classroom instruction, externship placements and networking opportunities to current medical assisting majors.

Highly-experienced Faculty
A student prepares to draw blood from a patient

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

Medical Assistants Recognition Week

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 and clinical areas. Students also develop communication, writing and critical thinking skills, which are sought by employers and make our graduates highly competitive on the job market.

You’ll develop clinical skills such as performing electrocardiograms, recording vital signs, drawing blood, sterilizing equipment and removing sutures. You’ll also build technical skills in medical coding and preparing financial reports, and you’ll develop communication skills for working with patients, physicians and other health care providers.

Top classes for medical assisting majors

  • Learn to prepare a patient for procedures, assist health care providers with physical exams, and perform sterilization procedures in Clinical Procedures I. 
  • Perform electrocardiography, pulmonary function testing and venipuncture in Clinical Procedures II.