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Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Paige O'Neill, 443-412-2738,, or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Medical Assisting at Harford Community College is a career program designed to prepare students for employment as medical assistants immediately upon completing the course of studies. The program prepares students to work in an administrative and clinical capacity in a variety of medical office and clinical settings. Students learn the knowledge, technical skills and work ethic that are required for an entry level position in medical assisting. The program includes both classroom theory and clinical practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to test for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Please note that, generally, individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the exam. However, the Certifying Board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.

Students may complete the Associate degree in Medical Assisting in four semesters without a summer session, or in 15 months which includes a summer session.

Administrative duties performed by medical assistants include general medical office procedures, scheduling appointments, medical billing, and coding. Clinical duties include recording medical histories and vital signs, preparing patients for examination and procedures, performing laboratory tests, pharmacology and injection training, and phlebotomy and EKG training.

Upon completion of the program, the student will :
  1. Perform clinical skills within the scope of practice for a medical assistant: phlebotomy, injections, EKG (electrocardiogram), obtaining lab specimens, and vital signs.
  2. Perform executive administrative skills within the scope of practice for a medical assistant including; scheduling, billing and coding.
  3. Possess knowledge of legal implications and ethical considerations in an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  4. Follow the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) Code of Ethics.
  5. Be eligible to take the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) Examination through American Medical Technologists for national certification.
  6. Have completed 160 hours of unpaid externship in an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication skills.
  8. Qualify to secure an entry level employment position as a medical assistant.

Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing health professional occupations in the United States. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants will continue to grow much faster than average through the year 2018 as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
AHS 101Medical Terminology and Ethics 3
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
MAS 120Medical Assisting Fundamentals 3
BIO 108Human Body in Health and Disease  #3
BIO 116Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory  #1
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
MAS 122Clinical Medical Assistant I *3
OS 135Medical Office Systems 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Mathematics Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
MAS 124Clinical Medical Assistant II *4
MAS 126Medical Billing 2
MAS 127Medical Coding 3
MAS 200Laboratory Procedures for Medical Assistant 3
MAS 202Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 3
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
MAS 210Medical Assisting Practicum */**4
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
General Elective 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total14

# Biology Requirement choose BIO 108 & BIO 116 OR BIO 203 & BIO 204
* Current Healthcare Provider Level CPR and First Aid certification are required prior to starting this course. PPD status and immunization and health records must be provided prior to orientation to this course.
**Medical Assisting Practicum requires 160 hours of unpaid work experience in a physician's office or clinical setting. All other coursework must be completed prior to taking MAS 210. A criminal background check and drug screen will be required prior to placement at a clinical site.