|Program Levels||Bachelor's degree; allied health degree completion programs|
|Field(s) of Study||Allied health, health sciences, or related field|
|Prerequisites||Associate degree in health science; some programs may specifically require a medical assistant degree|
|Program Length||Varies; students can often continue to work while completing their degree|
|Common Study Topics||Epidemiology, pathology, health promotion, health services management|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A medical assistant performs routine patient care and administrative tasks in hospitals, doctors' offices, and other healthcare facilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most states do not have formal education requirements for medical assistants. Allied health degree completion programs are also available and more common.
Applicants to allied health degree completion programs typically need an associate's degree in one of the health sciences, with some schools specifically requiring a medical assistant degree. Bachelor's programs in health science or allied health allow current healthcare professionals to complete the curriculum in about five semesters, often while maintaining employment in their current positions. Fieldwork experience or research project could be required during the program.
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Bachelor's Degree in Medical Assisting
Curriculum for a health science or allied health bachelor's degree completion program includes general education courses in addition to health science core and elective coursework. Common topics of study include:
- Health promotion
- Health services management
Popular Career Options
In addition to managerial positions, graduates of health science and allied health bachelor's degree programs are prepared to work in such settings as schools, hospitals, and public health agencies in marketing and public relations, medical sales, and health care education.
Continuing Education Information
With its strong foundation in the humanities and health sciences, a bachelor's degree completion program could serve as a stepping stone to graduate study in a number of fields. Students might consider earning a master's degree in public health or healthcare administration, for example. These programs typically take an additional two years to complete.