Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant
Associate in Occupational Studies Degree Program 90 quarter credits
The Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant program focuses on the clinical and administrative skills needed to assist physicians and nurses in physician offices and other healthcare settings. Students learn patient vital signs, standard examinations, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, laboratory procedures, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology and the ethics of patient care.. Students also learn medical office administration including reception, patient scheduling, billing, insurance and electronic health records management. General education courses in psychology, information literacy and communications prepare a well-rounded graduate capable of career advancement and lifelong learning. Graduates typically work as medical assistants or medical office assistants in single or multi-physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals.
Graduates receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.
The Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant program has been chosen to be a part of the American Medical Technologists’ School Recognition Program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Medical Assistant Certification examination (RMA).
Graduates will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of bioscience, clinical procedures, diagnostic techniques and medical office administration to the entry-level practice of clinical and/or administrative medical assisting in a variety of healthcare settings;
- Practice within legal, ethical and professional standards as defined by the governing bodies for professional practice;
- Understand and respect principles of privacy and patient rights in handling medical records;
- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with physicians, nurses, the healthcare team, patients and their families;
- Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills in decision-making situations;
- Promote wellness practices and a healthy lifestyle for patients and engage in effective self-care to promote health and career longevity.