Associate - Medical Assisting Services

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Are you interested in pursuing a career involving clinical assisting or healthcare office administration? If this is your professional goal, then Herzing University's Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services program could provide the education you need. Continue reading for more information about this associate degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Medical Assisting Services associate degree program at Herzing University is designed to offer an education in diverse clinical practices and medical office procedures. These courses must be in medical terminology, healthcare systems, health information management, healthcare software applications, pathophysiology, health insurance claims processing, and anatomy and physiology. In required courses, you will have the opportunity to learn how to draw blood, take vitals, administer injections, perform first aid, operate EKG equipment, collect specimens, and prepare exam rooms. You will also have the chance to prepare for national medical assistant examinations and perform supervised clinical duties in an actual medical setting. Courses in this program can be taken online or on campus.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you do not meet the required score on the entrance examinations for this program, you may need to complete other healthcare courses offered by Herzing University before entering the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services program. Strong organizational and communication skills are helpful. Though requirements may vary, you should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 60 credits to earn Herzing University's Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services. These include 16 credits in required coursework, 16 credits in clinical required courses, and 8 credits in human anatomy and physiology courses.

Required Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HC 101 Medical Terminology
MO 110 Keyboarding
MO 111 Computer Software Applications in Healthcare
MO 150 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
MO 150L Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab
MO 205 Insurance Claims, Processing and Adjudication
MO 211 Healthcare Systems and Operations
MO 216 Ethics and Health Information Management

Required Clinical Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
MS 215 Medical Clinical Assisting I With Lab
MS 235 Medical Clinical Assisting II With Lab
MS 280 Program Certification Review
MS 295 Externship

Required Anatomy and Physiology with Lab Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
SC 105 Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Professionals
SC 105L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health Professionals
SC 205 Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health Professionals
SC 205L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health Professionals

General Education Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
9 semester credit hours Communications
3 semester credit hours Humanities
3 semester credit hours Mathematics
3 semester credit hours Social or Behavioral Science

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
PD 121 Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could apply to entry-level positions as a clinical or medical office assistant once you have completed Herzing University's Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services program. You might pursue employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, long-term care facilities, medical labs, physicians' offices, nursing homes, or managed care companies. Certification may be required in some cases. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Clerk

Advanced Degrees

Once you have graduated from Herzing University's Medical Assisting Services associate degree program, you could choose to continue your studies in a bachelor's degree program. You might explore other nursing or healthcare management programs. Examples of Herzing degrees you could seek include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management