MA Program of Study

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The Medical Assisting (MA) program offers one track to becoming a Medical Assistant, which includes both administrative and clinical training.

 

The program takes four semesters total.

Students start in the Fall, semester 1, by taking the pre-requisite classes listed here:

  • LIR 10 Intro to Information Literacy
  • HLC 160 Medical Terminology
  • ANAT 140 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (recommended) AND HLC 140 Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology (recommended);
    • OR ANAT 58 Intro to Human Anatomy (not recommended, but will still satisfy the anatomy requirement)

Students then continue in the Spring, semester two, by taking the following introductory core MA classes:

  • MA 160 Introduction to Medical Office Practice
  • MA 161 Law and Ethics for the Medical Assistant
  • MA 162 Disease Processes
  • MA 168 Basic Medical Office Insurance Billing

Students then continue in the Fall, semester three, by taking the following MA classes:

  • MA 163 Beginning Clinical Skills For Medical Assisting
  • MA 163L Beginning Externship (entry to this class requires a clean background, clean drug screen, and current vaccines - see this page for more detail: Health Requirements
  • MA 165 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications
  • MA 169 Procedural Coding

Students then continue in the Spring, semester four, by taking the following MA classes:

  • MA 164 Theories of the Clinical Laboratory
  • MA 174 Intermediate Clinical Skills For Medical Assisting
  • MA 167 Basic Diagnostic Coding
  • MA 176 Intermediate Externship

Students then graduate in May of the fourth Spring semester.

All courses must be taken in the same order as the sequence shows.

Students may choose either a certificate or a degree.

Any students who have unique situations and/or questions, please contact the MA Program Coordinator, Kat Slusser by email (preferred) at KSlusser@SantaRosa.edu or call the office at (707) 524-1720.

 

Be sure to see a counselor, visit Guides for Transfer in Specific Majors, and check how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another at ASSIST.

 

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