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A future in healthcare has many possible paths. Which will you pursue?

Medical assistants work on the front-lines of today’s healthcare system. It’s a position that is hiring today in a variety of environments, from major hospitals to family clinics. Medical assistant jobs could involve taking patients’ vitals, collecting and labeling samples, keeping up with medical records, and pitching in on administrative work. Likewise, medical assistants might work 9–5 at a small family practice, or three 12-hour shifts per week in an urgent care clinic.

What setting best suits your lifestyle? Talk to our team today, and we’ll talk more about your career potential in healthcare.

At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited medical assisting degree program that gets you Day 1 Ready in under 18 months*, focusing on the skills employers seek. You’ll emerge from our program with medical office experience, prepared for the CMA certification exam. Our instructors are professionals who give hands-on instruction in in our labs. Your externship then gives you the experience of working in an actual medical office—and possibly professional connections.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. We even offer exam preparation and pay fees for your certification. If you are ready to put your new skills to work, we’re ready to help.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

The medical assistant training program at Vista College covers the basics of medical office administration, including keeping medical records and insurance billing procedures. Speak the language, with courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. You’ll also practice clinical procedures, including phlebotomy, taking vitals, and proper laboratory practices. We’ll also prepare you for certification exams, which are required by many workplaces.

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Next Start Date
November 16

Course Length: 18 Months *
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program should consider sitting for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a certification required by many hospitals and clinics. There are further opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, clinics, and care facilities. Holding an associate degree may help satisfy employer requirements. Certification requirements vary.

Potential Job Titles: Certified Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant, Patient Service Specialist

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its healthcare programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course # Course Title Credits
AHP100 Medical Terminology 6.5
AHP101 Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
MAS100 Introduction to Medical Assisting 6.5
MAS201 Cardiopulmonary Procedures * 6.5
MAS202 Body Control and Balance Procedures * 6.5
MAS203 Nutrition and Wellness Procedures 6.5
MAS204 Human Life Cycle Procedures * 6.5
MAS300 Medical Assisting Capstone * 6.5
MAS350 Medical Assisting Externship * 6.5
MAS400 Advanced Diagnostic Procedures * 6.5
MAS410 Phlebotomy * 6.5
MAS420 EKG Technology * 6.5
GE201 Introduction to College Mathematics 9
GE203 Introduction to Psychology 4.5
GE206 English Composition I 4.5
GE207 English Composition II * 4.5
GE232 Survey of the Sciences 4.5

Medical Terminology

AHP100

This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Anatomy & Physiology

AHP101

Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to Medical Assisting

MAS100

This prerequisite course orients students to the fundamental clinical and administrative procedures of a Medical Assistant. Foundational recall and introductory application of common skills performed by medical assistants will be introduced.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Cardiopulmonary Procedures

MAS201

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in cardiology, pulmonary, phlebotomy, and hematology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Body Control and Balance Procedures

MAS202

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in neurology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, microbiology, and immunology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Nutrition and Wellness Procedures

MAS203

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in gastroenterology, urology, urinalysis, nutrition and wellness, and dermatology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Human Life Cycle Procedures

MAS204

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and orthopedics specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Capstone

MAS300

Students prepare for entering the professional workforce by demonstration of competencies related to administrative and clinical skills through application, analysis, and evaluation of procedures used in a variety of healthcare setting.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Externship

MAS350

This course is designed to provide the student hands-on experience in the field working as an extern in a healthcare facility. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented throughout the program.

6.5 credits
10 theory hours
170 externship hours

Advanced Diagnostic Procedures

MAS400

This course introduces advanced clinical skills used in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include drug screens, electrocardiography and telemetry, and phlebotomy.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Phlebotomy

MAS410

In this course, students receive training to properly perform routine blood collections, identify equipment for blood collections, perform special phlebotomy procedures, and practice techniques for collecting non-blood specimens.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

EKG Technology

MAS420

In this course, students receive training to perform routine electrocardiograms, recognize normal and abnormal rhythms, document rhythm strips to provide reliable test results for the physician, and recognize and troubleshoot artifacts found during routine electrocardiograms.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Introduction to College Mathematics

GE201

Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology

GE203

This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I

GE206

This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II

GE207

This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Survey of the Sciences

GE232

The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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