AS, Advanced Medical Assisting

Launch your career in the heart of healthcare.

Designed to build experts in clinical and administrative roles, FSW's AS in Advanced Medical Assisting is your gateway to becoming a pivotal part of medical teams in Southwest Florida, enhancing patient care and operational efficiency.

Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than average for all occupations” with the median annual wage for medical assistants in the U.S. at $38,270 annually ($18.40 per hour) in May 2022. Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing occupations in Florida with the 2023 – 2031 projected growth for Medical Assistants at 20.4%.

Medical Assistants can find employment in industries such as:

  • Physician Practices
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Diagnostic Centers
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • And more

Other Occupations/Job Titles

Students who have completed the AS, Advanced Medical Assisting may also find employment as:

  • EKG Technician/Aide
  • Patient Care Attendant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Medical Office Receptionist
  • Insurance Claims Specialist
  • Billing and Coding Specialist
  • EHR Support Specialist
  • Medical Office Administrator

Upon completion of coursework, Florida SouthWestern State College does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.

Skills

Applicants interested in the Advanced Medical Assisting Program should possess:

  • a passion for healthcare
  • a strong desire to help others
  • strong communication skills
  • an aptitude for both administrative and clinical tasks
  • attention to detail
  • a desire to support patient care in a fast-paced environment

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Medical assistants are essential allied healthcare professionals who support medical staff by performing both administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments, managing patient records, and billing, as well as clinical duties like taking patient medical histories, measuring vital signs, assisting with examinations and procedures, and administering medications. They play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient operation of healthcare facilities, providing patient care, and facilitating effective communication between patients and medical professionals. 

What We'll Teach You

The curriculum focuses on teaching:

  • routine administrative and clinical duties
  • patient care
  • laboratory procedures
  • EHR management
  • office administration

Hands-on training in health science laboratory facilities ensures readiness for the healthcare workforce. 

Program Goals

To prepare graduates who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the Medical Assistant profession.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the legal and ethical scope of practice for the Medical Assistant.
  • Apply standard practices in safety, emergency preparedness, and infection control to facilitate the delivery of quality patient care in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of clinical procedures and patient care techniques within the scope of practice for the Medical Assistant.
  • Engage in effective and professional communication with patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Apply knowledge and skills of medical office administrative practices in the medical office setting.
  • Promote professional certification and the medical assistant profession.

Degrees & Certifications

Associate of Science in Advanced Medical Assisting College Credit Certificate (CCC) in Medical Assisting Specialist

Embedded Certifications & Stackable Professional Credentials

Upon successful completion of the second semester, students are eligible to take the exams for the following certifications

Upon successful completion of the third semester, students are eligible to take the exam for the following certification

In addition to the above certifications, graduates of the AS in Advanced Medical Assisting degree program are eligible to sit for the following certifications

Continuing Toward A Bachelor's Degree?

FSW offers several bachelor's degree programs for AA and AS graduates. Learn more about FSW's bachelor of science and bachelor of applied science programs.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Program Information

AS, Advanced Medical Assisting, CIP 1351080103, is a Limited Access program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Advanced Medical Assisting program at Florida SouthWestern State College is to educate and prepare medical assistants, empowering them to play a vital role in supporting licensed health care practitioners in providing quality healthcare to the citizens of Florida, especially those in rural and underserved communities.  

Program Overview

The Associate in Science Advanced Medical Assisting degree will provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform administrative and clinical duties in ambulatory care settings. Graduates are prepared clinically to assist with taking vital signs, minor surgical procedures, examination room preparation, medication administration, phlebotomy, laboratory operations, electrocardiogram administration, and various other clinical tasks. Graduates also learn to function in an administrative capacity, including but not limited to patient communication, electronic health records, processing incoming/outgoing patients (scheduling, collecting fees, or arranging for payment), medical coding and billing, processing insurance claims, and performing managerial and supervisory functions in a clinical setting. This program includes general education courses that build a strong foundation for the health sciences as well as specialty courses that assist with leadership and health information management. 

Curriculum Sequence Advanced Medical Assistant, AS – 65 Credits

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 65 credit hours that includes 16 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 19 credit hours of Program Specific Requirements, and 30 credit hours of Advanced Medical Assisting (AMA) Program Requirements. The program is completed in five semesters by college-ready students; completed all developmental coursework. Students will progress through the program as a group/cohort and courses must be taken in sequence. This is a full-time program and some courses are only offered one time per academic year. 

Fall Semester One – 16 Credits
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology 3 Credits
BSC 1085C Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credits
CGS 1100 Computer Applications for Business 3 Credits
Math Core General Education Course (MAC 1105 Recommended) 3 Credits
HSA 1020 Healthcare Delivery 3 Credits
Spring Semester Two – 16 Credits
BSC 1086C Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credits
DEP 2004 Lifespan Development 3 Credits
MEA 1010C Radioagraphy Essentials 2 Credits
MEA 1248C Clinical Laboratory Procedures 3 Credits
MEA 1206C Clinical Office Procedures I 4 Credits
Summer Semester Three – 12 Credits
MEA 1207C Clinical Office Procedures II 4 Credits
MEA 1303 Medical Office Management 4 Credits
MEA 2803L Externship for Medical Assisting (160 hrs) 4 Credits
***Awarded Certificate (Medical Assisting Specialist CCC) Total 44 Credits
Fall Semester Four – 12 Credits
ENC1101 Composition I 3 Credits
Humanities Core General Education Course 3 Credits
HIM 2210 Healthcare Information Systems 3 Credits
Program Specific Requirement (PSY 2012 or SYG 1000) 3 Credits
Spring Semester Five – 9 Credits
Social Science Core General Education Course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) 3 Credits
HIM 2512 Management Foundations in Healthcare 3 Credits
HIM 2279 Medical Insurance and Billing 3 Credits
Total 65 Credits

Contact

Cassandra Allbritten, LPN, NHA, MBA-HM

Program Director Email: callbritten@fsw.edu Phone: (239) 489-9265

Alexis Augustenborg

Advisor, School of Health Professions Email: Alexis.Augustenborg@fsw.edu Phone: (239) 432-7358

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