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Medical Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Pamela Christianson, CMA (AAMA), CPhT (PTCB), BS

Program Website

Program Application (Fall 2018 Application available February 15th)

Medical Assistants are specially trained to work in ambulatory medical settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and surgical centers. These multi-skilled allied health personnel can function in both administrative and clinical areas.

The Great Falls College MSU Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). CAAHEP 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350.

Upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the certifying examination through the AAMA.


Graduates are prepared to:

  • Perform many “front office” tasks including insurance billing, bookkeeping, and scheduling appointments and procedures.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory tests.
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as suture removal, electrocardiography, and “back office” duties.
  • Assist in patient care: screen patients, take vital signs, and assist with office procedures and patient exams.
  • Administer medications applying pharmacology principles.
  • Maintain medical and immunization records under medical provider’s supervision.
  • Respond to and initiate written communications in a professional manner to patients and medical facilities.
  • Follow legal guidelines in maintaining documentation and patient records and understand and apply HIPPA guidelines in the office setting.
  • Utilize computer software competently for various medical office functions.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

DescriptionCosts
Tuition and Fees $8,137
Application Fee $30
Lab Fee $504
Books/Supplies $3,683
Total $12,354

*

Fall 2017 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.


Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Prerequisite Skills:

Students wishing to enter the Medical Assistant program are strongly advised to be proficient in keyboarding and typing.

Completion of the Health Science Orientation is required.

Students must register for AHMA 260 and AHMA 262 at the same time. AHMA 260 will be offered the first half of the semester, and AHMA 262 will be offered the second half of the semester.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

CodeCourseCredits
COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the Medical Assistant Program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in each course. Grades in prerequisite courses are a major factor in ranking applications for program acceptance.

Science courses must be completed within five (5) years of application to the program, and other courses must be completed within 15 years of applying to the program.

First Year
FallCredits
BIOH 104 Basic Human Biology & Lab +,* 4
CAPP 131 Basic MS Office + 3
HTH 140 Pharmacology for HC Providers + 2
M 121 College Algebra (OR Any math course in the MUS Core) +,** 3
Select one of the following:
WRIT 101 College Writing I +,** 3
WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing +,** 3
Credits15

First Year
Spring
ACTG 101 Accounting Procedures I +,** 3
AHMS 144 Medical Terminology + 3
COMX 115 Intro to Interpersonal Communc + 3
NUTR 121 Clinical Human Nutrition + 2
PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology + 3
Credits14
Total Credits29

Program Course Requirements After Formal Acceptance

The courses listed below are required in the program of study for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assistant. The courses are offered at GFC MSU in the following sequence:

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallCredits
AHMA 201 Med Asst Clinical Prcdrs I +,* 4
AHMA 250 Electronic Medical Procedures +,* 2
AHMS 164 Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 +,* 3
AHMS 201 Medical Science +,* 3
AHMS 220 Medical Office Procedures +,* 3
Credits15
Spring
AHMA 203 Med Asst Clinical Prcdrs II +,* 4
AHMA 260 Med Assist Lab Procedures I +,* 2
AHMA 262 Med Assist Lab Procedures II +,* 2
AHMS 156 Medical Billing Fundamentals +,* 4
AHMS 158 Legal & Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare +,* 3
Credits15
Summer
AHMA 280 Medical Assisting Exam Prep +,* 2
AHMA 298 Medical Assisting Externship +,* 4
Credits6
Total Credits36

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 65


*

Indicates prerequisites needed.

**

Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.

+

A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.