Medical Assisting

Medical assistants are valuable members of the health care team and are trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. The medical assisting curriculum is a two-year associate of applied science degree program. This program offers the student a broad foundation in medical assisting skills, including a period of practical experience in a medical facility working under the supervision of clinic personnel and the Medical Assisting Program Director. 

Training and education consists of learning experiences in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, infection control, nutrition, effective communication skills, medical business practices including coding and insurance, medical law and ethics, as well as safety and emergency practices.  In essence, a trained medical assistant can be employed in all aspects of an ambulatory health facility.

The Arkansas Tech University Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL  33756; (727) 210-2350;

Students who successfully complete the associate degree program for medical assisting will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant examination, CMA (AAMA).

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Students are advised that the Medical Assistant Program (MA) is strenuous in nature.  Students are therefore not allowed to take additional course work that is not directly related to their degree plan while in the MA Program.  If a student has completed all general education course requirements prior to entering the program, the student may not have a full load of twelve credit hours or more (which could affect financial aid eligibility).  The MA program is very intense and requires approximately 30-36 hours per week of theory /lab/fieldwork.  This does not include prep or study time.  The hours ascribed to each semester while in the MA Program are considered by the program to be full time.

Medical Assisting

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Medical Assisting

(60 Semester Credit Hours)

  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BST 1303
    CIS 1113
    Introduction to Computers
    Fundamental Computer Operation
    ENGL 1013 Composition I 
    HSCI 1113  Medical Terminology 
    HSCI 1123  Human Anatomical Structure I 
    Total Hours    12 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    ENGL 1023  Composition II  3
    HSCI 1243  Human Anatomical Structure II 
    (prerequisite: HSCI 1123) 
    PSY 2003  General Psychology 
    TMAT 1203  Technical Mathematics II
     (or higher math)
    Total Hours   12 
    Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the MA courses below.
  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    MA 2113 Basic Pharmacology with an Overview of Microbiology  3
    MA 2123  Medical Office Computer Systems and Insurance 
    MA 2133  Medical Assistant Administrative Practice 
    MA 2143 Coding Practices for the Medical Office
    MA 2153  MA Role in Emergency Preparedness 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    MA 2213  Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation
     (co-requisite: MA 2214) 
    MA 2214  Medical Laboratory Orientation and Instrumentation LAB
     (co-requisite: MA 2213) 
    MA 2222  Medical Assistant Practice Laboratory
    (co-requisite: MA 2223)
    MA 2223  Medical Assistant Practice
    (co-requisite: MA 2222)
    MA 2233  Legal and Ethical Practices for the Medical Office 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  First Summer Session (five-week courses)
    Course # Course Name Hours
    MA 2312 Medical Assistant Seminar
    (co-requisite: MA 2314) 
    MA 2314  Medical Assistant Practicum
    (co-requisite: MA 2312) 
    Total Hours