Medical Assistant (A.A.S.)

Medical Assistant (A.A.S.)
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Medical Assistant at Nassau Community College prepares healthcare students for full-time employment upon completion of the program.

Medical Office Assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform administrative and clinical duties. Graduates may work in physicians’ offices, clinics, or other ambulatory care facilities, such as freestanding emergency centers and hospitals. A medical assistant takes vital signs, prepares patients for and assists physicians during examinations, collects and prepares laboratory specimens, performs basic laboratory tests on the premises, schedules appointments, bills patients, fills out insurance forms, and much more.

Application Requirements:

  • An interview is required as part of the application process.
  • Students must be available to complete an administrative internship and a clinical practicum during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
    • To be eligible to participate in the administrative internship or the clinical practicum, students need to submit to the administrative and clinical sites proof of immunization and may need to complete a background check, physical, and/or drug testing (completed at the cost of the student).
  • Students are required to supply their own transportation to the internship and clinical sites and must supply their own required uniforms.

A minimum grade of C is required in all Medical Assistant courses.

Course Descriptions: Online or PDF

ABT/HIT - Medical Assistant
A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5214

Total Credits: 64

First Semester Credits
ABT 254 Medical Workshop 3
AHS 100 CPR and Basic Cardiac Life Support 1
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 100 Enhanced Composition I or
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 108 The Craft of Composition / Honors English I(1)
HIT 151 Medical Terminology 3
MAP 130 Medical Assistant Administrative Office Procedures 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Second Semester Credits
ABT 253 Medical Scribe 3
AHS 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HIT 156 Medical Coding CPT 3
MAP 132 Medical Assistant Clinical Documentation and Procedures 3
MAP 138 EKG & Phlebotomy Procedures 4
Total Semester Credits 17
Third Semester Credits
HIT 158 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HIT 170 ICD-10-CM Diagnostic Coding 3
HIT 175 Study of Disease for HIM Professionals 3
MAP 134 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 3
MAP 236 Medical Assistant Administrative Internship  2
Mathematics Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Fourth Semester Credits
COM 101 Interpersonal Communications 3
Humanities Elective 3
MAP 238 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 4
Social Science Elective(2) 3
Total Semester Credits 15
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    • SUNY GER Other World Civilizations 
    • SUNY GER American History 

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