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Medical Assisting Program

If you are interested in a career in the healthcare field, there is a growing demand for medical assistants. Working alongside healthcare practitioners, these multi-skilled allied health professionals function as a member of healthcare delivery teams, primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics, under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner.

Medical Assistants perform both administrative and clinical procedures. Coursework in the UAS Sitka Medical Assisting Certificate program covers general medical knowledge, including terminology, anatomy, physiology, behavioral science, medical law, and ethics. Administrative skills include medical records management, answering telephones, scheduling and greeting patients, bookkeeping, collections, insurance processing, and familiarity with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Clinical skills include obtaining vital signs, medication preparation and administration, assisting with examinations and minor procedures, phlebotomy (drawing blood), performing basic laboratory tests, pharmacology, and specimen collection.

Completion of this certificate program prepares you for the opportunity to become a vital part of a medical team working together toward patient health and wellness.

Medical Assisting Program

All courses are available online so access to a computer and high speed internet is required. Some courses require performance of competencies in a clinical setting with instructor observation. An internship or practicum at an approved facility is also required.

Certificate Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Program director approval and completed application with criminal background check, health examination, current TB test and immunizations are required. Must have a current First Aid and Provider Level CPR card or take HS S102.

The Medical Assisting Certificate requires completion of English S111 placement into MATH 054 and completion of CIS S105 or CIS placement test.

Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.

We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.

For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.


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