Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting

This program encompasses the competencies necessary for a professional Medical Assistant. Specific education includes performing administrative and clinical procedures in settings such as physician offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Courses are sequenced to build skill level. Medical Assisting is a growing occupation in New Mexico and the United States. This program of study is oriented to students who have an aptitude for organization and health-care systems. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains essential to providing safe and caring services.


Eligibility for application to the medical assisting program includes the following: successful completion of HLCR 113 Med Term, MATH 102, ENGL 111, and OFTC 111.  Math and Biology courses must have been completed within five years prior to enrollment in the medical assisting program.

Prospective students who have been convicted of a felony are advised to contact the Department of Health and the Medical Assisting Education Review Board prior to admission to determine their eligibility for certification.  Fingerprinting for background checks, drug testing, and proof of recommended vaccinations are required once students are accepted into the program.  All students must meet the stated requirements of each assigned clinical site to qualify for placement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform major operational functions of the medical office, including basic medical bookkeeping, scheduling and other office functions.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients of varying ages, cultures and education levels.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with medical personnel.
  • Accurately and safely perform laboratory testing and specimen preparation.
  • Measure vital signs and prepare patients for examinations and clinical tests.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various biomedical legal and ethical issues.


Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)


ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

SPCH 220         Interpersonal Communication (3)


SPCH 225         Small-Group Communication (3)

Mathematics (3 credits)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

Laboratory science (4 hrs.)

BIOL 136          Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)

BIOL 136L       Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology

Lab (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

PSYC 240         Abnormal Psychology (3)


PSYC 290         Developmental Psychology (3)

Humanities (6 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal 9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



AHAC 151        Basic Life Support for Healthcare

Providers (.5)

HLCR 113         Medical Terminology (3)

HLCR 235         Pharmacology for Allied Health (3)

MAST 115         Medical Assistant Administrative

Procedures (2)

MAST 120         Medical Assistant Clinical

Procedures I (3)

MAST 125         Medical Assistant Laboratory

Procedures I (2)

MAST 210         Medical Office Insurance and
Finance (3) *

MAST 220         Medical Assistant Clinical

Procedures II (3) *

MAST 225         Medical Assistant Laboratory

Procedures II (2) *

MAST 290         Medical Assistant Capstone Course (1)

MAST 298         Medical Assistant Internship (3)

HLCR 250         Medical Law, Ethics and Professional

Issues (3)

OFTC 111L       Business Software Essentials (4)

* These courses have core prerequisites