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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

South University 2020 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 Online 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 160-hour, unpaid, supervised practicum at a local medical practice during their last quarter of study.

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: 24 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
COM2006 Interpersonal Communication, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 36 Credits
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1085 Musculoskeletal, Nervous, and Integumentary Systems, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1086 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1087 Endocrine, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1088 Lymphatic, Immune, and Digestive Systems, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1089 Introduction to Healthcare Documentation, Law, and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1090 Professional Development for Healthcare Professionals, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1091 Medical Asepsis and Electrocardiography, 4 Credit Hours
AHS1092 Math for Health Professionals, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 32 Credits
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
Capstone
AHS2095 Medical Assisting Certification Review, 2 Credit Hours
AHS2098 Medical Assisting Practicum, 6 Credit Hours

Outcomes

Curriculum for Online Programs only 

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

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 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 160-hour, unpaid, supervised practicum at a local medical practice during their last quarter of study.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

The online Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).

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“By enrolling at South University, I was recognized as being promotable by having my Associates degree along with the goal of earning my Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences by 2016. With the Associates degree in hand, I went from an administrative assistant to a Quality Specialist. I wish I could have started college right out of high school, but it wasn’t in my life’s plan at that moment. Going back to school was a big decision and hard choice to make, but after enrolling I knew I couldn’t give up, because education is the most important aspect of my life right now.”

Jennifer DAngelo 2018
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Emily Han 2015
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“By allowing me to continue working during school and applying new knowledge, as well as creating my own preceptor experiences in an area of interest, I was able to carve my way to a successful business and many great, relevant connections. I love that my degree and knowledge have helped me see the limitless opportunity we have as nurses. The freedom and excitement of my new career is something that I never could have imagined, but I look forward to innovating and paving the way for others to do the same.”