Why Medical Assisting?
Our Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Medical Assisting is designed to prepare you for an entry-level career in the medical field, with courses in phlebotomy, medical billing, vital signs, medical records, pharmacology, and much more.
As part of your program, you’ll fulfill a clinical externship at an actual medical site. Don’t worry; we’ll make all the arrangements! This externship will provide you with valuable healthcare industry experience that you can put on your résumé!
Your coursework will help to prepare you to test for healthcare-related certifications, which add value to your degree. We’ll even cover the cost of certification–up to $500!1
Our Medical Assisting program focuses on the knowledge and skills you use every day as a Medical Assistant. You will learn how to:
- Complete patient histories
- Take and measure vital signs
- Give patients injections
- Perform basic laboratory procedures
- Complete general medical office procedures
- Demonstrate telephone and communication skills
We want to provide you with a positive college experience that includes “tools for success.” That’s why your enrollment includes a new laptop. It is yours to use in school and keep after graduation!
Sample Courses from the Medical Assisting Program
Here are several of the courses you may take during your Medical Assisting program.
Note: Courses are subject to change and vary by campus.
MED106 Vital Signs and Emergencies
Presents the proper way of taking patients' vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight. Growth charting for children is also covered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety are taught and certified through the American Heart Association.
Topics presented in this course include drug classifications, measuring medications and dosage calculations, and administering medications. The professional role of the Medical Assistant in patient aducation and the rights related to medication administration are additional topics addressed in the course. Upon completion of this course, students will be more informed and knowledgeable about medication, in general, and about the appropriate and legal administration of medications.
CSS105 Psychology of Motivation
This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goaloriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).
The student will complete a 160-hour externship at an approved location, and will be supervised by the on-site professional(s) assigned and the college instructor. During the externship, the student gains proficiency to an employee-acceptable level in the Medical Assisting program. All hours are volunteered and no renumeration is allowed. (Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all core courses or with the consent of the Dean.)
Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
Medical Assisting Program Costs and Financial Aid
Some of our scholarship awards include:
- 2019 Build a Better Future Scholarship
- Academic Scholarship
- Career Success Grants
- Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship
- Master’s Upgrade Scholarship
- Family Grants
“I wanted to graduate ready for a career in a specific field as soon as possible. I wanted to be more marketable than the person next to me. Stevens-Henager was the answer for me.”
AOS in Healthcare Boise Campus