The Medical Assisting department offers degree, certificate and letter of recognition programs for students desiring to enter health professions. These programs focus on preparing the student to work in a clinical and/or administrative setting in various healthcare areas, such as physicians’ offices, managed care organizations, outpatient care and certain functions within a hospital.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.
The Medical Assisting degree at AACC provides students with the tenets of management and supervision in a healthcare setting such as, budget preparation and management, human resource management, and general management of a physician office or health setting.
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The following certificates are also offered.
This program prepares students for employment in physicians' offices, hospital administrative offices, clinics, medical departments of industry and government and wherever basic office and clinical skills are required. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification examinations given by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant, the American Medical Technologists to earn a Registered Medical Assistant Certification, and the National Health Care Association for Certified Medical Assistants and/or Medical Administrative Assistants.
This certificate teaches students the types of intravenous therapies and their purpose. The program prepares students in the ethical/legal and professional tenets expected of the health care professional. Students also learn health concepts such as cardiovascular circulation, basic anatomy and physiology.
This program emphasizes the structure and delivery methods of health systems in the United States. Topics include concepts relating to health status, long-term care, health care financing, managed care, health services utilization and cost, quality related to health outcomes, national health care legislation, planning and policy issues, health manpower demands, forms of health insurance, organization and delivery of health care and public health infrastructures.
Students learn to apply medical terminology and medical abbreviations related to pathology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment modalities. Students also learn outpatient coding conventions and perform basic coding of diagnoses, medical procedures and services, and utilize medical terms specific to medical insurance claims using encoder software.
Concepts learned during this program will help students prepare for the American Association of Professional Coders CPC exam.
This program teaches students the types of intravenous therapies and their purpose. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment in physician's office, hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, and wherever basic electrocardiogram and intravenous therapy skills are required. Persons who are already employed in health care may enroll in this program for career development.
The Phlebotomy Technician Letter of Recognition is 12 credits and teaches the principles and practice of venipuncture, skin puncturing and processing of samples for laboratory testing. Topics include venipuncture theory and techniques, concepts of cardiovascular anatomy and physicology, terminology and an introduction to standard hospital laboratory tests.
Many Medical Assisting students go on to other health professions, including public health, nursing, medical lab technician or technologist, pharmacy technician, and medical coding. This is one of the fastest growing fields, and our graduates have had a lot of success in starting careers.
For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.
The following information applies to the CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting Certificate only.
Anne Arundel Community College's Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763