AS in Medical Assistant
Virginia College's Associate - Medical Assistant program is designed to teach students the administrative and clinical skills necessary to perform the duties of a medical assistant. Find out more about the Associate - Medical Assistant program at Virginia College here.
Official Program Name:
Associate - Medical Assistant
School Offering Program:
Students seeking to enter the Associate - Medical Assistant program should have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Though not required, they could have earned a medical assistant certificate or diploma. They should have some experience or an interest in working in a variety of medical settings.
Virginia College's Associate - Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students to assume the various duties of a medical assistant in a wide range of healthcare establishments. The curriculum covers procedures carried out by medical assistants in medical office, clinical, and laboratory settings. Program coursework also addresses medical terminology, pharmacology, medical law, ethics, and pathophysiology. An externship course is designed to provide students with clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities. The program is offered at several Virginia College campuses.
Total Credits Required:
96 quarter credit hours
Financial Aid Available:
The Virginia College Financial Planning Department is prepared to help discuss scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loans for those who qualify.
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Required Courses for an Associate - Medical Assistant:
Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Virginia College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
- BIO 1120: Anatomy and Physiology: Body Structures (4 credits)
- BIO 1130: Anatomy and Physiology: Organs and Systems (4 credits)
- MEA 1010: Clinical Office Procedures I (4 credits)
- MEA 1020: Clinical Office Procedures II (4 credits)
- MEA 1030: Clinical Office Procedures III (4 credits)
- MEA 2500: Medical Assisting Certification Exam Review (2 credits)
- MEA 2600: Medical Assisting Externship (6 credits)
- MED 1010: Medical Terminology (4 credits)
- MED 1080: Medical Office Procedures (4 credits)
- MED 1140: Medical Law and Ethics (4 credits)
- MED 1150: Pharmacology and Drug Administration (4 credits)
- MED 1210: Pathophysiology (4 credits)
- MED 1800: Medical Laboratory Procedures (4 credits)
- MED 1840: Medical Insurance Procedures (4 credits)
- MED 1850: Medical insurance Applications (4 credits)
- AOM 1010: Keyboarding (4 credits)
- EDU 1010: Learning Framework (4 credits)
- EDU 1020: Career Exploration/Planning (4 credits)
Students select general education courses with the help of a Program Director.
- Communications (12 credits)
- Humanities and Fine Arts (4 credits)
- Mathematics (4 credits)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Furthering Your Education:
Graduates of Virginia College's Associate - Medical Assistant program could further their education by pursing a bachelor's degree or professional certification. Obtaining a bachelor's degree could lead to increased responsibilities and advancement in the field.
Bachelor's degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:
- Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
- Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
After completing Virginia College's Associate - Medical Assistant program, graduates could apply the skills they might have developed in either a clinical or administrative capacity in many types of medical environments. Graduates could assist doctors with patients, perform lab duties, or work in a medical office setting where they schedule appointments, file patient records, and handle insurance coding and billing. Graduates could work in hospitals, clinics, long- and short-term healthcare facilities, private physicians' offices, or community health centers. The program also prepares students to take the national medical assistant certification exam.