Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant
Associate in Occupational Studies Degree Program 90 quarter credits
This Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant program focuses on the clinical and administrative skills needed to assist physicians and nurses in physician offices and other healthcare settings. Students learn patient vital signs, standard examinations, phleboto-my/hematology techniques, laboratory procedures, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology and the ethics of patient care. Students also learn medical office administration including reception, patient scheduling, billing, coding, insurance and electronic health records management. General education courses in psychology, information literacy and communications prepare a well-rounded graduate capable of career advancement and lifelong learning. Graduates typically work as medical assistants or medical office assis-tants in single or multi-physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals. Graduates receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.
Graduates will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of bioscience, clinical procedures, diagnostic techniques and medical office administration to the entry-level practice of clinical and/or administrative medical assisting in a variety of healthcare settings;
- Practice within legal, ethical and professional standards as defined by the governing bodies for professional practice;
- Understand and respect principles of privacy and patient rights in handling medical records;
- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with physicians, nurses, the healthcare team, patients and their families;
- Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills in decision-making situations;
- Promote wellness practices and a healthy lifestyle for patients and engage in effective self-care to promote health and career longevity.
- Profession: Find out more about the profession of medical assisting
- from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (SOC code 31.9092.00)
- Skills: Find out more about the skills needed for a medical assistant career from the U.S. Department of Labor's O*net.
- Program Costs (if completed on time):
- Tuition: $25,560
- Fees: $2,103
- Books and supplies: Approximately $1,500
- Typical student loan debt of graduates:
- 100 percent of the 1 student completing the program in the last reporting period (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013) had obtained loans in addition to grants and scholarships to finance their education.
- The median cumulative debt from Federal loans was $9,917
- The median cumulative debt from private loans was $0.
- On-time graduation rate: This is a new program.*
- Graduate employment rate: This is a new program.*
* Information provided here is based on the annual report submitted to our accrediting body, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).