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With the rapid growth and changing face of the health care field, the need
is greater than ever for individuals trained to assist, facilitate, and
coordinate patient care, physician practice, and other areas of the industry. The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program at Kaplan University is designed to prepare you enter a fast-growing, versatile area in the health care industry.*
As a medical assistant, you will interact with patients, physicians, and additional
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 to become a professional medical assistant and a vital
part of the health care field.†
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.
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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
Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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
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
Sep 17, 2014
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Oct 15, 2014
Online and Campus Start Date
Nov 12, 2014
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 92
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
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 options based 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.
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 responsibilities.
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 the study of 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; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
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
MM 150 or MM 212
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
The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.
Using various coding methodologies, 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
SC 131 | Corequisite: MA 265
This course 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.
This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting, with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety.
MA 250 and MA 265
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.
MA 275 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.
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, including a practice credentialing exam, at the end of the course.
MA 280 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.
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.
introduces students to 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, surgical asepsis, growth charts, and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety. Specific competencies will include: specimen processing, methods of quality control, capillary and venipuncture, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived testing, microbiology and immunology procedures, urinalysis, and administering medications.
Successful completion of this course will require 160 nonpaid hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a certification exam, by the end of this course.
MA 270; last term
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
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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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or
short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ 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.