Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

Erie Community College

Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

Williamsville, New York

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Updated May 13, 2024

The Medical Assisting program at Erie Community College offers a comprehensive curriculum to equip students with administrative and clinical skills essential for roles in health care settings.

Key Skills Taught:

  • Administrative tasks such as managing medical records and insurance forms
  • Clinical duties including recording vital signs and preparing patients for examinations
  • Laboratory work involving specimen collection and preparation
  • Front desk responsibilities like answering calls, scheduling appointments, and billing

Program Features:

  • Curriculum covers anatomy/physiology, clinical microbiology, psychology, and medical terminology
  • Includes a 160-hour supervised practicum in a physician's office for practical experience
  • Prepares students for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exam

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 85% grade in high school biology or equivalent course
  • College GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of developmental English and math courses

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Medical Assisting courses within four years
  • Overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum grade of "C" in Medical Assisting courses

Program Competencies:

  • Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in administrative and clinical tasks
  • Competencies include appointment scheduling, patient education, laboratory techniques, and professional conduct standards

Program Effectiveness:

  • Graduates can take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) AAMA certification exam
  • Aims for a >60% pass rate on the CMA exam as per the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Tuition: How Much Does Erie Community College's Medical Assisting Program Cost?

From Erie Community College's website

The Medical Assistant Associate program at Bryant & Stratton College offers a comprehensive cost structure. For full-time day students taking 12-18 credit hours, the tuition is $9,825. For full-time night students taking up to 12 credit hours, the tuition is $7,860. These tuition costs do not include additional fees and expenses. Books and course material fees amount to $550. Dependent students should also budget for food and housing costs, estimated at $875. Miscellaneous personal expenses are estimated at $400, and transportation costs are around $340. There are also loan fees to consider, which are approximately $47.50. Please note that these are estimated costs and actual costs may vary.

Program Length: How Long Is Erie Community College's Medical Assisting Associate Program?

The program length for the Medical Assisting Associate degree at SUNY Erie Community College is 2 years and required 62 degree credits to complete.

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About Erie Community College

Erie Community College (ECC) is a state university in Buffalo, New York, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. 

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