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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

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An Associate of Science in Medical Assisting combines clinical training with classroom education. The program typically takes 1-2 years to complete, and a degree is awarded after successfully passing a minimum number of academic units. While there is on-the-job-training and certificate programs for medical assisting, an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting goes a step beyond by increasing the classroom education. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as typing, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics.

An AS in Medical Assisting is a great degree whether you want to stay in Medical Assisting or move on to a technician or medical records job. An AS gives you a solid foundation in the health sciences as well as the clinical know-how to advance your career.

A Medical Assistant with an Associate of Science degree can make up to $15/hr, while a Medical Assistant with no degree makes an average of $11/hr.

Career options:
Medical Assistant
Medical Records
Medical Secretary

For more information, please refer to the following articles:

5 Steps to Becoming a Medical Assistant

Best and Worst States to Be a Medical Assistant

Best-Paying Cities for Medical Assistants

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