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Medical assistants work primarily in medical offices and clinics, and have a wide variety of responsibilities. Their work includes everything from clinical procedures, such as drawing blood or performing EKGs, to administrative support for the entire healthcare team. It’s a profession that requires flexibility, critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and a desire to help people.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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Medical Assistant Associate Degree from Baker College

Medical AssistantAssociate of Applied Science

Engage your heart and mind.

Prepare for a rewarding profession.

Medical assistants work primarily in medical offices and clinics, and have a wide variety of responsibilities. Their work includes everything from clinical procedures, such as drawing blood or performing EKGs, to administrative support for the entire healthcare team. It’s a profession that requires flexibility, critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and a desire to help people.

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$29,370

Medical salary for Medical Assistants

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Estimated employment increase by 2022

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Baker’s Medical Assistant program prepares you to work as a key member of the health care delivery team though a curriculum developed with the input of health services professionals. 

Your coursework integrates classroom studies with hands-on experience, and includes medical office procedures, electronic health records, EKGs, patient assessments and more. It’s a complete program, carefully designed to ensure you learn the administrative and clinical procedures you’ll use every day. 

As a graduate, you will be fully prepared with the knowledge and experience you need to take the national certifying exam, and earn your Certified Medical Assistant credential.

Course Information
Medical Assistant Major Requirements67 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
HSC 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in or C or better in SCI 100F. Bachelor of Health Services Administration majors: C or better in SCI 100F. No minimum grade requirement for Phlebotomy or Pharmacy Technician majors.
Introduction to Disease4
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the legal, ethical, and bioethical aspects of medical practice. Included are licensure, professional liability, quality assurance, and risk management.

Legal Concepts to Medical Practice2
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
MED 106
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1 Quarter Hours

Introduces the concept of medical and surgical asepsis and infection control. This course includes Universal Precautions and OSHA Regulations. 5 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, Acceptance in the program.
Asepsis1
MED 109
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic insurance coding skills required of medical office staff. Students will be introduced to proper diagnostic coding of diseases and symptoms and proper procedure coding of medical procedures for billing insurance carriers.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in , Acceptance in the program.
Physician's Office Coding2
MED 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the fundamentals of bookkeeping skills required for medical staff. This course includes the pegboard system with ledgers, day sheets, petty cash control, and reconciliation of bank statements. Payments will be posted from patients and insurance companies. Basic collection skills will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Medical Office Finance2
MED 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the metric system and methods of conversion between the standard system and the metric system. Teaches dosage calculations for the administration of medications through various formulas including ratio proportions, fraction proportions, and the formula method. Students will also learn to calculate dosages based on body weight as well as body surface area.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Math for Health Occupations2
MED 116
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic clinical skills required of medical office staff such as vital signs and assisting with physical examinations. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ENG102, B- or better in MED103, B- or better in MTH108, B- or better in SCI102C, B- or better in MED103.
Patient Assessment2
MED 171
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents students with an in-depth study of electronic medical records application. Students will be able to use, enter, access and correct medical documentation using an electronic software system. Emphasis will be directed toward understanding the role of computer based content, structure, retrieval and storage as it is used in the medical office. Compliance with HIPPA regulations and confidentiality will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in , C or better in MED 109.
Electronic Medical Records4
MED 185
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2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to properly perform capillary and venipuncture in a professional manner. This course will include a review of the cardiovascular system and the role of the phlebotomist as part of the health care team. Hands-on lab experiences will be included. Students must have Hepatitis B immunization. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in . Hemodialysis Majors: B- or better in MED 103, B- or better in SCI 100F, Medical Laboratory Technician
Corequisite(s):
Hemodialysis Majors: , . Medical Laboratory Technician Majors: .
Phlebotomy2
MED 186
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2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to perform an electrocardiogram using a 12-lead and a 3-channel electrocardiograph. This course will include a review of the cardiac cycle, major arrhythmias, and cardiac disorders that may lead to cardiac emergencies. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in , C or better in MED 103.
Corequisite(s):
MED 116. Eldercare Specialist Majors: .
EKG2
MED 203C
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic insurance claim form processing and the major sources of health insurance and their billing requirements. Upon completion of the course, students will have generated claim forms for Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Worker's Compensation and other commercial insurers. Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to use billing references and coding books to accurately verify insurance company rules for proper billing.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Physician's Office Billing4
MED 205D
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills needed in an office to prepare patients and to assist the physician with specialty examinations. The specific exams include pediatrics, gynecology, proctosigmoidoscopy, spirometry, and sensory. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in .
Specialty Examination4
MED 207
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students in the administrative skills of the medical office. Competency in scheduling and appointment techniques, filing and mail procedures, written communication, transcription skills, and the management of patient records are required. Risk management and facility environments are also discussed. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MED 103.
Medical Office Procedures4
MED 208
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2 Quarter Hours

Equips students with the skills necessary to prepare patients and to assist the physician with minor office surgeries. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in .
Minor Office Surgery2
MED 218B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basics of pharmacology along with the clinical administration of medications including oral and parenteral routes. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy in calculation and preparation of medications and safety in the laboratory. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HSC 104, C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 113, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in .
Administration of Medications4
MED 220C
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents advanced clinical laboratory skills for the medical assistant. Emphasis will be placed on patient preparation, accuracy in test performance, and safety in the laboratory according to OSHA guidelines. This course includes theory and procedures for the following: microbiology, urinalysis, hematology, and chemistry. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in , C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116.
Physician's Office Laboratory4
MED 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops student's concept of a computerized medical management system using new and up-to-date software with hands-on computerized processing of health insurance claims and practice management reports. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of computer lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MED 103.
Practice Management4
MED 291A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive review for individuals interested in taking the AAMA certification exam. The review will include the general, administrative, and clinical content areas of the examination.

Prerequisite(s):
Completion of a CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program for initial certification or a current CMA requiring CEU's or C or better in all major core classes.
CMA Review2
SCI 100F
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body4
WRK 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to perform a minimum of 160 hours of unpaid work experience in an outpatient medical facility performing clinical and administrative duties. A grade of C or better is required in all core MED classes.

Prerequisite(s):
minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval.
Corequisite(s):
HSC 102
Medical Assistant Externship4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements26 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 93

Program Description

Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession in which practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative duties and clinical procedures. Graduates are encouraged to take the national certifying exam. Passing this exam entitles the candidate to the credential CMA (Certified Medical Assistant), AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; Web address: caahep.org. Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification. 

The Medical Assistant programs at the Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Cass City, Clinton Township, Coldwater, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, Owosso, and Port Huron campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL, 60606-2930, (312) 899-1500.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Advisory Board

Todd Bruggema
CAPS

Theresia Grabowski, CMA
Northern Pines Health Center

Mistie Martin
Great Lakes Family Care

Melissa Penney
Mercy Hospital

Pollyanna Torres, CMS
Cadillac Urology

Rita Youngman
Mercy Hospital

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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