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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

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Allied Health Programs

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Why choose one of Sullivan University’s Medical Assisting programs?

Here are a few reasons Sullivan University’s medical assisting programs are your best choices for preparing to work in this career field:

  • Sullivan University’s Associate of Science in Medical Assisting is ranked #1 in the State of Kentucky by Medical Assistant Advice
  • Quick pathway to completion
  • Two program options from which to choose, depending on your career goals (diploma or associate degree)
  • Flexible course scheduling provides for a mix of classes taught online, in the classroom, or both (hybrid)
  • Accreditation assures students and graduates of the quality of the credential they earn
  • The opportunity to sit for certification allows graduates to earn a credential valued by many employers across the country
  • Hands-on clinical experience gives students the chance to prove their knowledge and demonstrate their skills in a real-world setting

Program Information

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Program Highlights and Locations

Our program has been accredited with CAAHEP since 1999, which makes you eligible to take the national exam. This will give you the credentials of CMA (AAMA). The Sullivan University Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N. #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 (727-210-2350).

The Medical Assisting program at Sullivan University College of Allied Health Lexington campus has a 100% job placement for 2018 graduates. Positive job placement is defined as a graduate being employed full or part-time in the profession or in a related field, continuing his/her education, or serving in the military. Reported data is based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Locations:
Lexington Campus

Objectives

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The Medical Assisting Associate Degree focuses on teaching:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Preparing patients
  • Performing CPR and first aid
  • Obtaining and analyzing specimens
  • Performing ECG procedures
  • Sterilization of instruments

Find out more information about program successes in graduation rates, placement rates, and occupations for this program. View Licensure Disclosures by State.

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Possible Career Pathways Attainable Through Sullivan University Degree Programs

Specific careers are based on job candidate's degrees and prior work experience and provide no guarantee of specific employment opportunities.

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Career Pathways:

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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Career Pathways:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Team Leader
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Office Manager
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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Career Pathways:

  • Health Services Manager
  • Health Information Manager
  • Patient Registration Services
  • Public Health
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Master of Business Administration

Career Pathways:

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Health Education
  • Public Health

Why Choose Medical Assisting?

A career in medical assisting is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with people, like the fast pace of a medical setting, and who seek a high-demand and stable career field. Medical assistants work under the direction of a provider (Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant). They can have both clinical and administrative duties.  

Clinical responsibilities may include:

  • Gathering information from patients
  • Explaining procedures to patients
  • Taking and recording vital signs
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting physicians during exams
  • Sending blood or urine samples to the lab
  • Performing Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived lab testing

Administrative responsibilities may include:

  • Greeting patients
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Perform tasks in Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Coding information for insurance purposes
  • Restocking supplies

The types of responsibilities may vary according to the size of the office or the focus of the clinical setting. 

Medical Assistants are in High Demand

Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. With growth in the United States population, an aging population, and increased access to healthcare, the need for medical assistants is on the rise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the nationwide job outlook for medical assistants will rise 19% through 2029. That is a faster than average job growth, according to the BLS.  

Flexible Program Options - Which Program is Right for You? Diploma or Associate Degree?

Sullivan University offers an accelerated diploma program that can be completed in as few as 12 months. This allows you to start your career quickly. This program includes a 200-hour clinical experience that gives you hands-on practice in an actual medical setting. When you land that first job, you’ll be ready to work on day one!  

Those who want to prepare for advanced opportunities and leadership positions in the field might consider the University’s associate of science degree in medical assisting. The associate degree prepares a graduate for advancement within the medical office or for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in another medical field. Advance opportunities afford by the associate degree may include clinical team leader, clinical supervisor, or office manager. The associate degree also includes the 200-hour clinical experience. 

Why is an accredited program important?

Sullivan University’s diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs upon recommendation of the Medical Education Review Board (MAERB).  This accreditation is only bestowed upon programs that meet the highest standards of educational excellence.  Students who choose the associate degree will also be graduates of the accredited diploma program.  

Medical Assisting is a Credentialed Occupation

Students who graduate from an accredited program may seek the credential of Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Students are scheduled to take a credentialing exam during their final academic term of enrollment. This credential shows employers that you have met the high standards of preparation in the field of medical assisting. 

Courses

Total Credit Hours: 85

Students must choose one additional General Education class from the Humanities / Fine Arts category. This class is in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.

Course

Title

Credit Hours

MSS 104

4.00

MSS 144

4.00

MSS 154

4.00

MSS 204

4.00

MSS 214

4.00

MSS 234

4.00

MSS 244

4.00

MSS 254

4.00

MSS 274

4.00

MSS 275

4.00

MSS 276

4.00

AOM 101

1.00

AOM 105

4.00

BUS 224

4.00

CSC 118

4.00

ENG 101

4.00

ENG 102

4.00

FYE 101

4.00

GEC 220

4.00

MSS 123

4.00

MSS 133

4.00

MTH 101

4.00

Total Credit Hours: 85

Students must choose one additional General Education class from the Humanities / Fine Arts category. This class is in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.