About this course
The Anoka Technical College Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is a 60-credit program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administrative of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.
State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.
The Medical Assistant faculty believes that learning is a dynamic method facilitated by role modeling and surrounding students in a series of simulated classroom, clinical and laboratory settings.The Medical Assistant program offers full and part-time classes. The student is placed in a medical clinic for uncompensated, practical on the job experience. The 320- hour externship is supervised by clinical staff.
This profession is the only allied health specifically trained to work in ambulatory health settings. Medical assistants are multi-skilled employees, competent to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures within the supervising physician’s scope of practice consistent with medical assisting education, training and experience.
Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Perform scheduling of admission, appointments and tests.
- Organize medical records.
- Apply administrative policies and procedures effectively.
- Demonstrate competent written and medical terminology skills.
- Demonstrate handling and disposing of medical waste.
- Apply principles and safety for laboratory procedures.
- Demonstrate efficient interpersonal skills with patients, medical personal and co-workers.
- Adapt methods and techniques to individual needs/capabilities of patients.
- Demonstrate professionalism with the legal and ethical boundaries of the medical assisting profession.
- Demonstrate safety and emergency practice in health care surroundings.
- Perform vital signs, exam room preparation, patient data collection, documentation, billing, medical transcription, medical and surgical asepsis, dressing changes, catheterization, injections, drug administration, nutrition, electrocardiograms, veinipunctures, capillary punctures, hematology, urinalysis and kit testing.
- Demonstrates responsibility within the “scope of practice” of a medical assistant.
The medical assisting program at Anoka Technical College has a job placement rate average of 84% over the past five years.