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Medical Assisting


AAS Degree in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy Short Certificate, or Medical Transcription Short Certificate

An associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Medical Assisting and/or a short certificate in Transcription or Phlebotomy may be earned through the Medical Assisting program.  To receive an AAS degree in Medical Assisting, students must complete General Education core requirements and all courses in the Medical Assisting degree field of concentration.  Students desiring a short certificate in the areas of Phlebotomy or Medical Transcription will be required to meet only requirements listed in the corresponding fields of concentration.  Students desiring an AAS degree in Medical Assisting with a Transcription short certificate must complete all Medical Assisting AAS courses, both MAT 222 and 223, and MAT 242. Students who desire to receive an AAS degree in Medical Assisting with a Phlebotomy short certificate must complete all Medical Assisting AAS courses and MAT 239.  The AAS degree is comprised of a five-semester course of study.  Short certificates in either Phlebotomy or Medical Transcription are three-semesters in length (one calendar year).

On completion of degree requirements for the AAS degree in Medical Assisting and compliance with the Disciplinary Standards of the American Association of Medical Assistants, graduates are eligible to apply for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.  Students completing all courses required for the short certificate in a Phlebotomy concentration are qualified to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (ASCP) and Registered Phlebotomy Technician (AMT) certification examinations.

The Medical Assisting AAS degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Contact CAAHEP at 1361Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, (727-210-2350), www.caahep.org.