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Medical Assisting

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics, and group practices.

Graduates of this UAA degree will be able to perform both administrative and clinical tasks to help keep busy medical practices running smoothly.

Clinical duties include:

  • assisting with examinations
  • recording vital signs
  • preparing patients for various procedures
  • sterilizing instruments
  • maintaining examining rooms
  • drawing blood
  • recording electrocardiograms
  • removing sutures and changing dressings

Administrative responsibilities include:

  • answering telephones and greeting patients
  • maintaining medical records
  • performing medical coding
  • completing health insurance forms
  • scheduling appointments
  • preparing medical and financial reports.

To perform duties, a student should have:

  • good manual dexterity
  • visual ability to locate patient veins and interpret color changes
  • good hearing acuity
  • ability to assist patients by being able to bend, reach and nasal 
  • stand for long periods of time

Please contact the Medical Assisting department for a list of medical assisting technical standards required for students to successfully complete the clinical portion of the medical assisting program. 

Advising - Call (907) 786-6928 to make an appointment to speack with a Medical Assisting advisor prior to registering for classes.  For general and admissions information contact aKBC Student and Enrollment Services Advisor.

Other employment opportunities for which the Medical Assisting program provides training include medical transcriptions, medical receptionist, medical coder, and health insurance specialist. Medical terminology courses are valuable for all health science students and may be taken by anyone entering a health occupation. Formal admission to the Medical Assisting program is not required for all courses. 

UAA Medical Assisting Home Page
Admission checklist
Required Courses

The UAA 40-credit CMA Exam Preparation course of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE): CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-553-9355. Students who complete the UAA AAS degree in Medical Assisting or the CMA Exam Preparation courses, as outlined below, are eligible to sit for the CMA examination. Please note: Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the CMA exam; however, a waiver may be granted by the American Association Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certifying Board in cases of mitigating circumstances.



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