As a professional and multi-skilled worker, a medical assistant performs administrative and clinical duties in the health care field. Medical Assistants are classified as allied health practitioners and can be found in physician offices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory facilities and other related businesses. This program prepares graduates to take the national test for certification, allowing the student to become a certified medical assistant.

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) which is responsible for the certification of Medical Assistants, has varied restrictions that may affect persons with a history of felony convictions. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the certification examination. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the AAMA at 800-228-2262 concerning questions they may have regarding their eligibility for certification.

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a Minnesota licensed health care facility have a background study. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the Medical Assistant program at Ridgewater College, will result in ineligibility to qualify for a diploma in medical assisting.

The Ridgewater College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants' Endowment (AAMAE).

 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(18 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
MEDA 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I
MEDA 1021 Disease Conditions
MEDA 1110 Human Relations for Health Care
MEDA 1113 Medical Terminology
MEDA 1135 Clinical Procedures I
MEDA 1225 Orientation to Medical Lab
MEDA 1235 Clinical Procedures II
MEDA 1313 Human Development for Allied Health
MEDA 1324 Lab Skills I
MEDA 1326 Lab Skills II
MEDA 1328 Certification Exam Review I
MEDA 1451 Practicum Seminar
MEDA 1540 Medical Office Procedures
MEDA 2020 Certification Exam Review II
MEDA 2032 Pharmacology
MEDA 2100 Practicum
MEDA 2310 Laboratory Procedures I
MEDA 2320 Laboratory Procedures II
Total Credits: 45  
 
General Studies Applied Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
MEDA 1002 Applied Communications/Scribing I
MEDA 1102 Applied Communications/Scribing II
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose at least one of the following courses.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 1210 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 1210 College Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
Choose any Goal 4 Math course.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
 
General Education Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose at least one of the following courses.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PSYC 1310 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 1050 Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits: 3  
 
General Education Elective Courses
General Education courses will be selected from at least 3 of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Elective courses may be taken from any of the 10 goal areas to complete a total of 15 General Education credits.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 60