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Medical Assisting: Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Medical Assisting program at National American University prepares students from diverse backgrounds to perform entry-level administrative and clinical functions in outpatient healthcare settings. The university responds to the needs and expectations of the ever-changing healthcare environment including physicians, the public, employers, graduates, students, faculty, and nationally accepted standards of roles and functions. Through a student-centered competency-based curriculum, NAU utilizes cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains to prepare students for a career within the scope of specific training and state law.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Medical Assisting Foundational Core is based on the National American University admission criteria. Admission to and completion of the Foundational Core does not guarantee enrollment in the MA Clinical Core. Admission to the MA Clinical Core is selective based on industry criteria.. Criteria to be eligible for application to the clinical core of the MA Program are as follows:

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the MA clinical core.
  • GPA of 2.0 in Foundational Core courses.
  • Formal written application to MA Clinical Core
  • On site orientation with MA Program Coordinator.

The following must be submitted with the application to the MA Clinical Core (the cost of the following items is the student's responsibility).

  • Evidence of up-to-date immunizations or evidence of serologic immunity as required by clinical agencies, signed by a healthcare provider.
  • A signed Essential Functions form indicating the student is able to meet the requirements to be a MA student. The Essential Functions, which are performance standards for successful completion of the MA Program: Applicant must have sufficient vision, hearing, tactile sensation, gross and fine motor strength and coordination, memory, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills to interact with patients and families, ensure safety of self and others, document accurately, and provide intervention while meeting medical standards required by facilities.

In order to graduate, the student must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain university core abilities and program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive learning environment.
  • Prepare learners in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains to become competent entry level medical assistants.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the needs of the program's community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.
  • Achieve and maintain specialized program accreditation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level skills, knowledge and behavior competence in content and administrative and clinical functions and procedures, including general operational functions, as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Educational Programs.
  • Apply fundamental principles, regulations and statutes for performing within legal and ethical boundaries.
  • Create a plan for becoming a certified medical assistant, membership in professional organizations, and continuing education.