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Degree Overview

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

South University 2018 Graduation

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They are proficient in a multitude of clinical and administrative tasks and are widely viewed by doctors as vital members of the healthcare delivery team. The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program is devoted to a competency-based education with emphasis on the students’ mastery of clinical and administrative competencies. These competencies are validated through performance on tests, terminal performance objectives, and a clinical externship. Their training culminates in a required 200-hour, unpaid, supervised practicum at a local medical practice during their last quarter of study.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting 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), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North. Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone 727-210-2350, Email: mail@caahep.org

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Career Outlook

 Graduates of the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program are prepared to help the physician examine and treat patients, perform laboratory tests, and function as a crucial member of the healthcare team that shares the clinical and administrative responsibilities of operating a medical care facility. Some of the entry-level careers, in addition to Medical Assisting, include:

  • Medical Billing and Coding 
  • Medical Office Management
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Clinical lab assistant and Phlebotomist

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting: 92 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose one)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Major Program Requirements: 50 Credits
Core: 42 Credits
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2005 Clinical Competencies I, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2006 Clinical Competencies II, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2007 Clinical Laboratory Competencies, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2087 Medical Office Procedures, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2090 Medical Insurance and Coding, 4 Credit Hours
AHS2092 Computers in the Medical Office, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2023 Business Communications, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone
AHS2095 Medical Assisting Certification Review, 2 Credit Hours
AHS2098 Medical Assisting Practicum, 6 Credit Hours

Program Statistics

South University, Montgomery Campus: Medical Assisting Program
Year Retention
>=60%
Graduate Satisfaction
>=80%
Employer Satisfaction
>=80%
2017 22.22% 100.00% 100.00%
2016 85.71% 100.00% 100.00%
2015 80.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2014 50.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2013 91.67% 100.00% 100.00%
5 year 69.05% 100.00% 100.00%

Outcomes

Graduates of the AS in Medical Assisting Program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the effective utilization of communication and inter-personal relationship skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic math and science skills.
  • Identify skills required to develop and maintain professionalism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical assisting administration procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical assisting clinical procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and its application.
  • Demonstrate application of psychology principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical law and ethics.
Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

Success Stories

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our healthcare graduates have to say.

Jason Miller 2017
Jason Miller Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“South University pushed me hard - to the limits of my mental capacity - and that brought out the best in me.”

Jay Bodalia 2006
Jay Bodalia Grad Alumni
Class of '06
Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiologist Assistant

“I was working as a neonatal pediatric respiratory therapist, and after five years I had reached my maximum potential. I had friends who were in AA school, and I saw how much they enjoyed it”

Jennifer DAngelo 2018
Jennifer DAngelo Grad Alumni
'05
Bachelor of Health Sciences

“I needed a program that would support my professional and academic goals in addition to understanding my family obligations. South University did that and so much more. South University and their compassionate staff and educators never stopped encouraging me to follow my dreams. From helping me with class schedule adjustments to providing financial aid services, they always assisted me in my time of need.”

Jessica Patel 2009
Jessica Patel Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“I was really seeking a more productive environment, and the possibility of one-on-one relationships with professors, and I've found it. At South, I have a number of favorite teachers, and I simply feel like I belong here because I'm surrounded by kind, friendly people -- and especially by professors who are helpful and accessible! I think I have really good role models for my work, and how I want to see myself in the workplace someday.”

John Fulton 2009
John Fulton Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“As soon as I got here, I really felt like the  courses suited my personality.”

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