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The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree at Kaplan University is designed to prepare
you to enter one of the fastest-growing, most versatile professions in
the health care industry.* As a medical assistant, you will interact
with patients, physicians, and other health care providers on a regular
basis. Through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on
training, this program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and
skills required to become a professional medical assistant.
In the medical assisting program, you will study to develop career skills such as:
Our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program is available both online†and at our campuses. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete clinical training and an externship at a real-world health care facility to gain valuable on-the-job experience health care employers demand.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program and the Medical Assisting Certificate program offered at the campuses in the states of Iowa, Maryland, and Nebraska are 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 Programs1361 Park StreetClearwater, FL 33756Tel: 727.210.2350www.caahep.org
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program offered online and at campuses in the state of Maine is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Certification is an important qualification often required by
employers. Online and onsite graduates may be eligible to
take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by the American
Medical Technologists, the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), and the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).‡
Graduates of a campus-based program offered in Iowa, Maryland, or Nebraska may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
This degree is designed to prepare you to seek entry-level employment
as a medical assistant in physicians' offices, hospitals, and health
clinics. Most medical assistants work in private practices, but many
opportunities are available in hospitals and health clinics. Once
established in your career, you may enjoy further opportunities, such as
specialization in a field of your choice.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Total Program Credits: 92
This course emphasizes the basic principles
and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to
the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts,
physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and
various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case
studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the
importance of their professional, legal, and ethical
Total Program Credits: 92
Online students will take HS 100: Introduction to Health Sciences. Students enrolled at a campus in the state of Maine may substitute HS 275: Professionalism in Health Care in place of MA 250: Professionalism in Health Care and MA 280: Clinical Competencies III.
This course provides a logical understanding
of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word
roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural
are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling,
and pronunciation. These principles are applied to study the
following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood
and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each
body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic,
lab, and surgical procedures; as well as pharmacology for
interest and knowledge.
This course is an integrated study of the
human body. The focus is on understanding the interrelated nature
of the systems of the body. This includes the concept of
homeostasis as well as the relationship between structure and
function. This course encompasses the anatomy of selected systems
as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body.
The course presents the chemical basis of life and provides a
basic understanding of cells, cellular metabolism, and tissue
composition and functions. The course also includes the study of
the structures and functions of the following systems:
integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and
This course is the continuation of integrated
study of the human body. This course encompasses the anatomy of
selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as
applied to the body. The course also includes the study of the
structures and functions of the following systems: circulatory,
lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and
This course is a systematic study of basic
pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and
information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics
covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement
conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
HS 130 or PU 120
The course explores procedural guidelines for
accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care
setting. Topics include management of patient information,
medical office software skills, and general workplace
competencies of health care employees.
Using ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS codes, students
learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims.
Students also become acquainted with various types of health
insurance and insurance terminology.
This course will
focus on the aspects of professionalism that a health care professional needs
in order to successfully work in a medical office setting, including
communication skills, personal appearance, and
interpersonal interactions. The course will prepare students for the
introduces students to the educational
theory of procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill. Specific competencies will include:
health history, vital signs, specialty exams, sterilization, minor
surgical procedures, and surgical asepsis.
introduces students to the educational
theory of procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill. Specific competencies
will include: phlebotomy, specimen processing, growth charts, instrumentation,
methods of quality control, capillary puncture, CLIA-waived testing, microbiology
procedures, urinalysis, and administering medications.
This course will
focus on the performance of clinical skills in an approved medical facility or
educational medical lab, as appropriate. Students will complete a minimum of 50
hours and all required competency skills.
Successful completion of this course will
require 160 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an
approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the
performance of expected competencies at the end of the course.
The course requires a final presentation. The online version of
MA 290 requires each student to work with the School of Health
Sciences clinical staff to locate an externship site a minimum of
two terms prior to beginning the externship.
MA 270; final term of study
In this required introductory course, students will
identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health
science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations.
Students will create a personal education
plan, choosing appropriate electives and
identifying specific career optionsbased
on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and
skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)
Total Program Credits: 92
This course introduces students to
professionalism in the medical setting. Emphasis is placed upon
communication, appearance, diversity, emergency preparedness, and
preparation of the professional portfolio. Students prepare a
portfolio that contains job search documents.
Total Program Credits: 92
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–2013 Edition, Medical Assistants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm
(accessed April 2012). Expected national growth rate through the year
2020. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or
short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job
† Some Kaplan University programs are not 100 percent online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.