Medical Assisting – Associate Degree Program
Medical Assistants are responsible for both clinical and administrative tasks that are a necessary part of medical office operations. The role of the medical assistant is essential and a MA with a strong skill-set is highly valued by their medical team. Most medical assistants find their jobs rewarding since they help others in a number of ways every day. Because of the care and skill provided by medical assistants, many people are able to lead healthier and happier lives.
The Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in a physician’s office or medical clinic. The program emphasizes the development of clinical skills to train students for positions such as medical assistant, medical receptionist, health plan coordinator and medical insurance customer service representative. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in a laboratory which simulates the facilities, equipment, and records found in both the clinical and administrative areas of ambulatory care centers. In addition to classroom and lab instruction, students spend the last 180 hours of their program at an externship site where, under supervision, they experience firsthand the working environment they are preparing to enter.
In addition to the above, the AOS degree program provides an additional emphasis on computer skills. A full range of clinical competencies is enhanced by more advanced computers skills, enabling the graduate to seek employment as an administrative office manager, unit secretary, insurance claims analyst, or as a supervisory medical office assistant. The advent of computerized record keeping has enabled many medical facilities to function in a paper-free environment. Medical assistants with computer skills are highly valued members of the healthcare team. Graduates of the Pioneer Pacific College Wilsonville and Pioneer Pacific College Springfield locations are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) exam for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). In addition, graduates of the Medical Assisting program at any location are eligible to take the American Medical Technologist (AMT) exam for Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Medical Assisting (NCMA) exam given through the National Centers for Competency Testing (NCCT). Individuals who have been found guilty of or plead guilty to a felony may not be eligible to sit for the CMA, AAMA, RMA or NCMA certifications.
The student who graduates with the Associate of Occupational Science degree in Medical Assisting will be expected to demonstrate the outcomes of the Diploma in Medical Assisting, with the addition of the following:
- Assist with basic accounting and record keeping functions in medical administrative settings.
- Demonstrate emerging management skills in medical office settings.
- Use computer software programs to develop documents, analyze and present data, and retrieve information from internal networks and systems.
Students will be required to pass a criminal background check, pass drug screens and complete certain vaccines prior to externship and employment in the Medical Assisting field. Applicants to the program are encouraged to discuss any health issues with an admission officer.
“The teachers are very inviting and they make you feel comfortable, are really outgoing and make it more fun to be in than other schools. We’re like one big family.“Jordann Seater, Medical Assisting Alumni