The Medical Assisting diploma program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge,) psychomotor (skills,) and affective (behaviors) domains. This programs prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices, performing administrative and clinical procedures.
The Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare students to enter the medical assisting profession, or add to their knowledge gained in the diploma program. Medical Assisting is one of the fastest-growing, most versatile professions in the health care industry. Combining the AAS degree with the skills learned in the diploma program prepares students to become more competitive for salary increases and job promotions.
Students who have previously earned the diploma in Medical Assisting may transfer all occupational courses into the Medical Assisting degree provided they hold a current CMA certification. For more information, contact the Admissions’ Office, or one of the medical assisting staff at Barrow, Forsyth or Hall Campus.