Associate Degree Program
A medical assistant works primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Job responsibilities may include administrative (clerical) and clinical (direct patient care) duties. Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, and managing practice finances. Clinical duties include obtaining essential data for medical history and treatment, completing laboratory testing, and assisting in clinical procedures.
The program provides a comprehensive background in administrative and clinical procedures and office management.
Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of the Allied Health competitive admission process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for application requirements.
Offered at the Wilmington campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions in:
- Physician’s office
- Insurance company
- Group practices/clinic
- Billing services
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $21,000 - $29,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Exhibit effective nonverbal, verbal, and written communication in patient and/or client and family interventions and education and in professional relationships.
- Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking in performance of medical assisting, according to the profession's standards of practice.
- Demonstrate professional patterns of behavior consistent with the profession's code of ethics.
- Demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of medical assistant procedures on all patient populations.
- Demonstrate administrative competence by performing a full range of medical assistant procedures on all patient populations.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as a graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.
- Use computers or related technology for practical and/or professional applications.
- Apply scientific inquiry and mathematical reasoning to practical problems.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?
This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!
The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
AAMA CMA Certification Exam
(may only be required by specific positions)