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About SJSON Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Program

The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program is designed for individuals who have a passion for assisting others in a growing healthcare field.  The team-based learning model focuses on a high standard of clinical skills, medical ethics and professionalism to meet the complex demands in medical offices, hospital clinics, outpatient care centers, and urgent care centers.

The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting programs fulfills the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) curriculum requirements for program content and length.  The comprehensive curriculum focuses in areas including laboratory testing, phlebotomy, obtaining vital signs, assisting with exams and minor outpatient procedures, medical coding, and patient scheduling.

The course of studies require students to successfully demonstrate a spectrum of administrative and clinical competencies including managing electronic medical records, medical coding, medical billing and patient scheduling, phlebotomy, laboratory testing, collecting and preparing specimens for microbiological testing, obtaining vital signs, assisting with exams and minor outpatient surgical procedures, maintaining infections control and sterilization techniques, and applying pharmacology principles to prepare and administer medications and vaccines.

The program prepares students for gainful employment as a medical assistant. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the CCMA (NHA) exam, leading to national credentialing as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.

Medical Assisting Program Philosphy:

The Medical Assisting Program derives its philosophy from the vision, mission, values, and goals of St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph School of Nursing.   The philosophy advocates caring, social responsibility and service to those in need during the provision of patient care.

  • Faculty believes that medical assisting serves an important function in the health care setting.
  • Faculty recognizes medical assistants provide important care for clients in vulnerable populations across the lifespan.
  • Faculty believes medical assisting is a profession that values the acquisition and application of evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to ensure quality and safe client-centered care.
  • Faculty views students as holistic individuals who bring unique qualities that contribute to the strength and diversity of the program.
  • Faculty endeavors to ensure that student services consistently promote achievement of student learner outcomes.
  • Faculty advocates for the rights and responsibilities of clients and families to participate collaboratively with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Faculty believes that medical assistants are professionals who must be prepared to work with those whose beliefs might be different from their own.
  • Faculty believes that learning is an active process, based on trust and mutual respect, that is    facilitated by role-modeling and supporting students in a variety of clinical, classroom, and simulated settings.
  • Faculty views education as a dynamic, interactive, and life-long inter-professional, learning process.