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Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Program (ASMA)

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 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.

The Program starts in September and is a 2-year program spanning four semesters.  Completion time for each program with competency-based curriculum consists of a total of 64 credits over four (4) semesters.  

Educational and Health Standard Requirements:

  • Good physical and mental health with acceptable levels of:
    • Manual dexterity and motor coordination
    • Visual acuity with color vision (acceptable if corrected)
    • Hearing capacity (acceptable if corrected)
    • Speech patterns to effectively communicate verbally
    • Ability to comprehend through all modes of communication
    • Ability to cope with personal stresses

Applicants who are accepted must also pass a criminal background check and drug test.

The School reserves the right to revise the admission standards, tuition, fees, curriculum and policies in all school publications. Timely notification of any revisions will be provided. 

The St. Joseph School of Nursing, in compliance with all State and Federal laws, endorses the principle of equal educational and employment opportunities for all people regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability in its educational programs, scholarship policies and other activities it operates.