Medical Assistant - A.A.S.
Start your career with a degree in Medical Assisting at SUNY Broome.
The Medical Assisting program at SUNY Broome Community College has a 5 year average retention rate of 91%.
The most versatile of health professionals, medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, medical centers, clinics, hospitals, laboratories and more. Our program will prepare you to do administrative, clinical and laboratory tasks, as well as give you firsthand experience in the work world.
Medical Assistants are trained to perform tasks in three major areas of the medical office: 1) administrative tasks, including medical transcription, insurance billing and coding, and medical record maintenance, 2) patient care tasks, including taking patient histories and vital signs, and 3) assisting with the performance of diagnostic procedures and treatments, and basic laboratory testing, including the collection and performance of waived laboratory tests. The Medical Assistant program includes a 15-week externship working experience in a physician’s office or other health care facility.
This program is designed for students planning to enter the workforce immediately, and for those looking to upgrade skills or change direction. It awards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and prepares you for transfer to a four-year college if you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the CMA certification examination. Medical assistants can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to professionalism by earning the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential.
Professionals perform procedures that impact patient care and safety. For this reason, although SUNY Broome is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution, it is important that every applicant meets certain technical standards (essential functions) to be able to engage in training activities that will not endanger students, faculty or patients.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical Assisting job outlook for 2016-2026 is 29%, much faster than average for all occupations! The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. The average salary is $31,540 per year. Job Opportunities should be excellent!
Personal characteristics that predict success in this program are good communication skills, have a caring manner, and have a desire to be involved in a truly rewarding profession.
Pre-requisites needed to enter into the Medical Assisting Program as as follows: Math Level 1 and Regents Biology. Medical Assisting admits students each fall semester. Learn more about the admissions process for Health Sciences programs.
Full Catalog Entry, Mission & Goals
- BIO 131 - Anatomy & Physiology I
- ENG 110 - College Writing I
- HIT 106 - Medical Terminology
- MDA 102 - Medical Assisting Science
- MDA 104 - Keyboarding and Medical Word Processing
- MDA 114L - First Aid
- SOC SCI/Civic elective Credits: 3
- BIO 132 - Anatomy & Physiology II
- MDA 115 - Medical Assisting Procedures I
- MDA 206 - Medical Office Management
- MDA 201 - Medical Assisting Procedures II
- MDA 207 - Advanced Medical Office Management
- MDA 208 W - Medical Ethics, Law and Economics
- PSY 110 - General Psychology
- ENG 220 - Communicating About Ideas and Values
- HST 210 - Pharmacology
- MDA 211 - Medical Assisting Procedures III
- MDA 211 L - Medical Assisting Procedures III Laboratory
- MDA 245 W - Directed Practice Seminar
- MDA 246 - Clinical Practicum I
- MDA 247 - Clinical Practicum II
ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE CPR CERTIFICATION and a physical before going out to clinical in senior semester.
As of Fall 2017, Medical Assisting will require that a minimum grade of a C is earned for all curriculum specific courses in the approved program.
Program ContactsErin O'Hara-Leslie, Chair, Medical Assisting and Health Studies Department
Decker HS Center, 217
Department: Medical Assisting and Health Studies
Division: Health Sciences
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