Medical Assisting Program – Associate Degree
Medical Assistants Handle Patient Care from Phlebotomy to Empathy
A Medical Assistant is vital in the day-to-day work of most health care facilities such as doctors’ offices, immediate care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals. Medical Assistants perform both hands-on patient care (such as taking blood pressure and drawing blood) as well as taking a patient’s medical history. Medical Assistants also handle administrative and clerical duties, including answering the phone and scheduling appointments.
Through American National University’s 100% online Medical Assisting associate degree program, you will participate in clinical laboratory classes using our at-home lab kits to apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and build real-world skills today’s employers are looking for. You will also participate in a mandatory externship, which offers further opportunities to apply learned skills and competencies. Our hands-on medical assistant training will give you the experience and confidence to succeed in one of the fastest-growing occupations¹, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Medical & Health Services Management, this associate’s degree program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for employment as a medical assistant or phlebotomist in a physician’s office, clinic, or in a wide variety of healthcare facilities.
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Your Learning Experience in the Medical Assisting Program
Your coursework includes hands-on medical assisting training to develop the skills you need:
Medical procedures training to cover areas such as taking patients’ vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing routine tests such as electrocardiography (EKG) and administering therapeutic injections and vaccinations.
You will also complete a foundation set of courses in anatomy, pharmacology, healthcare law and ethics, and learn how to handle administrative and clerical duties.
A clinical externship of 162 hours of real-world work experience to include caring for patients one-on-one, performing medical procedures, gathering patient information and helping healthcare facilities stay organized.
Graduates of the medical assisting program are eligible to sit for nationally administered certifying examinations and earn the designation of Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Indeed.com ranked RMA amongst The 20 Most-Requested Certifications by Employers in 2020.
The Medical Assisting Program offered at the Salem, VA campus and its in–residence locations are accredited† by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. The address and phone number for CAAHEP is: 25400 US Highway 19 North., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727–210–2350.
Distance = Synchronous video & asynchronous online learning.
Blended = Synchronous video & asynchronous online learning with limited on-campus residency.
See our eLearning page for details on our exciting and innovative course delivery methods.
MEET YOUR PROGRAM CHAIR
Laura Diggle, MS
Laura Diggle has worked in the allied health field for more than ten years. Laura has a Master of Science from Franklin University and is a Certified Medical Assistant. In addition to teaching medical office procedures, invasive clinical procedures, and other medical courses, Laura has enhanced the health science courses using her background in instructional design to add a High Tech, High Touch™TM component.
Convenience and flexibility – With day and evening classes you have the flexibility to work as you earn your degree.
Personal attention – You’re not just a face in a crowd, our small class sizes allow for personal attention from instructors.
Career professionals as instructors – With current and relevant curricula, you will learn from instructors with real-world field experience who will guide and mentor you.
Career services – Our career services team starts to help you before you graduate with your resume, cover letters, interviewing techniques and how to search for great career opportunities.
Alumni benefits – Our support doesn’t end at graduation, as an alumnus you will have access to our career services and refresher¹ courses available throughout your career.
¹Refresher training is tuition-free for qualified students. Additional costs such as lab fees, books and supplies are the responsibilities of the student. Retraining is limited to the program from which the student graduated and is subject to space available.
View MAERB 2019 Medical Assisting Annual Report Outcomes for Exam Pass Rate
MAERB 2019 Medical Assisting Annual Report Outcomes for
Exam Pass RateThe Exam Pass Rate reported below is for the 2017 cohort.
Exam Pass Rate
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