The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Administrative Assistant is designed for persons interested in working in a medical office in an administrative support position in the private or public sector. The program equips the student with a variety of skills used in large or small offices through the study of keyboarding, formatting, communications, human relations, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and other related courses.
Graduates may work in large or small medical offices, or clinics as well as state, county, or other municipal agencies. Typical duties may include managing medical records, insurance and billing, filing, and performing receptionist functions. With experience, graduates of this program may advance to leadership positions within their organizations. Technical skills and the ability to adapt to new situations will be important to career advancement. See Business » Office Technology and Administration for more career and employment information.
At the completion of the Office Technology and Administration Program, the successful student will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking, professional practices, and efficient techniques to complete job tasks
- Communicate clearly and professionally with clients, supervisor, and coworkers
- Evaluate a workplace problem and apply appropriate strategies and valid reasoning to process quantitative and symbolic data
- Identify and adjust to workplace differences in order to operate collaboratively and effectively
- Recognize ethical dilemmas in the workplace and evaluate the consequences
In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards:
- Demonstrate the ability to maintain proficiency with evolving technologies
An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be completed. In addition, the courses from the chosen specialty area must be completed. Basic skills deficiencies must be completed prior to graduation.
Special Program Note: Students without computer experience should take OFTEC 100 or OFTEC 108 before enrolling in any computer classes. Students should take enough keyboarding classes (OFTEC 101, 102, 103 and 104) to achieve a minimum typing speed for their program – 40 words per minute. Students who can keyboard by touch may be eligible to bypass these classes and still receive credit through the college’s advanced standing process. See a faculty advisor to discuss this option.
Additional Program Information
Office Technology and Administration-Medical Administrative Assistant
The following sequence is for students beginning fall quarter. Please see an advisor for a different sequence if you start summer, winter, or spring or if you need to take basic skills classes as indicated by your placement test.
1st Quarter Fall
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, DIVERSITY, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
Distribution: AAS, AAS-COMPUTATION
2nd Quarter Winter
3rd Quarter Spring
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
4th Quarter Fall
5th Quarter Winter
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
6th Quarter Spring
Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017