The Medical Assisting AS Degree
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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers with an expected growth of 34% between 2012 and 2018. Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices; 13 percent work in public and private hospitals including inpatient and outpatient facilities; 11 percent work in other health practitioner settings, such as chiropractor's and optometrist's offices.
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Complete all of the following courses:
Medical Assisting Core Courses
|CSCI C070||Computer Literacy||1 Unit|
|HCRS C130||Communication in Healthcare||2|
|HCRS C131||Medical Law and Ethics for Medical Assistants||1.5|
|HCRS C132||Electronic Health Record||1.5|
|HCRS C150||Medical Terminology for Health||3|
Administrative Medical Assisting
|BSOT C121||Beginning Word||1 Unit|
|BSOT C123||Beginning Excel||1|
|HCRS C133||Medical Office Procedures||3|
|HCRS C134||Medical Insurance and Billing||3|
|HCRS C135||Basic ICD and CPT Coding||2|
|HCRS C142||Medical Assistant Administrative Externship||1.5|
Clinical Medical Assisting
|HCRS C136||Clinical Medical Assisting I||3 Units|
|HCRS C137||Clinical Medical Assisting II||3|
|HCRS C138||Medication Administration for Medical Assisting||2|
|HCRS C139||Laboratory Procedures||2|
|HCRS C143||Clinical Medical Assistant Externship||1.5|
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
|OPTION A||Cerro Coso Local General Education Pattern|
|OPTION B||CSU General Education Breadth|
|OPTION C||IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum|
The classes needed for this degree are available at the Lake Isabella and Ridgecrest campuses. The set of courses for the Administrative Medical Assisting part of the degree are available online, along with some of the general education courses needed to complete this degree. See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this degree.
This degree requires 60 units and will likely take 4 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($211 + $21) per unit
= $2760 in tuition and fees
= $13,920 in tuition and fees
+ ~$3600* for books and supplies
= $6360 across four semesters
= $17,520 across four semesters
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.