Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska)
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
As of September 23, 2015, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments.
The objective of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue an entry-level position in the ambulatory medical field. The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program concentrates on helping you acquire knowledge and develop skills in performing laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures in a physician's office or ambulatory care clinic. The associate's degree program is designed to provide a broad education to help you develop advanced technical and communication skills.
Upon graduation from an onsite program offered in Iowa, Maryland, or Nebraska, you may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Upon graduation from an onsite program offered in Iowa, Maine, Maryland, or Nebraska, you may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination given 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). Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
Workplace duties may include performing CLIA-waived tests, venipuncture, urinalysis, and electrocardiograms. You may also assist the physician in patient preparation and patient relations.
The program blends online coursework with on-ground experience. You must complete an unpaid practicum or externship (160 hours) in a physician's office or clinic to complete the course of study. Refer to the General Policies section for criminal background check information and the Progression Requirements section for additional requirements.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program consists of a minimum of 92 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree.
- Clinical: Demonstrate competencies in all aspects of medical assisting clinical practice.
- Administrative: Exhibit proficiency in the clerical and administrative functions required of a medical assistant.
- Standards, Laws, and Ethics: Employ the professional, ethical, and legal standards in health care practice.
- Foundational Knowledge of Allied Health Sciences: Integrate knowledge from behavioral and biological sciences as a basis for allied health practices.
- Professionalism: Embody professional behaviors as defined by the discipline of allied health.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
- Prior to externship, you must provide documentation of completion of an approved health care provider CPR training course. Approved courses include: American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider, Heartsaver CPR and AED, Healthcare Provider; BLS/CPR for Healthcare Public Safety; and BLS for Healthcare Providers ), American Red Cross (Adult and Child CPR with AED, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider), and ProCPR (ProFirst Aid blended course for health care providers).
- You will be withdrawn from the program if you are unable to successfully complete the following courses on the second attempt:
Course List Code Title Credits MA260 Clinical Competencies I 5 MA270 Clinical Competencies II 5 MA290 Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation 5
- If you are an onsite medical assisting student re-entering the program, and have not completed one or both of the Clinical Competencies I and II courses within 6 months prior to the externship, you will need to successfully complete a competency evaluation prior to enrolling in MA290 Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation.
- If you are entering an onsite CAAHEP-approved program and have completed MA260 Clinical Competencies I, MA270 Clinical Competencies II, HS210 Medical Office Management, and/or HS220 Medical Coding and Insurance or an equivalent course within a non-CAAHEP or ABHES-approved program, these courses will be applied toward the program pending successful completion of a competency evaluation.
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare you with clinical and administrative skills to provide outstanding patient care. The program is structured to provide appropriate academic preparation if you are interested in pursuing national certification as a medical assistant. After completing the onsite program offered at a location in the state of Iowa, Maryland, or Nebraska, you may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants. After completing the onsite program offered at a location in the state of Iowa, Maine, Maryland, or Nebraska, you may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant examination given 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).
Nebraska Medication Aide Registry for Medical Assistants
Medical assisting students completing an externship in the state of Nebraska will be required to complete a Medication Aide application with competency validation by an approved Nebraska licensed provider prior to the externship. In addition, you will be required to provide any associated required documentation to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services that may include certified copies of court documents for criminal convictions.
|100/200 Level||Communication Course||5|
|100/200 Level||Mathematics Course||5|
|200 Level||Communication Course||5|
|Total Core Requirements||15|
|HS100||Introduction to Health Science||5|
|HS101||Medical Law and Bioethics||5|
|HS200||Diseases of the Human Body||5|
|HS210||Medical Office Management||5|
|HS220||Medical Coding and Insurance||5|
|HS275||Professionalism in Health Care||2|
|MA260||Clinical Competencies I||5|
|MA270||Clinical Competencies II||5|
|MA290||Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation||5|
|SC121||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||5|
|SC131||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||5|
|Total Major Requirements||62|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||15|