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MEDICAL ASSISTING (AAS)

Of the many vital members of the healthcare team providing critical patient care is the Medical Assistant.

Medical Assistants serve as liaisons for patients of all ages, performing critical duties like drawing blood, taking medical histories, performing laboratory tests and EKGs, and managing the office through patient interactions. Registered Medical Assistants can also enter information into electronic patient records through the Computerized Physician Order Entry. From small physicians’ offices to large hospital centers, Medical Assistants are a truly invaluable part of any medical organization.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PROGRAM IF:

  • You know you want to work in healthcare but also want the flexibility to choose to work either on the clinical side, the administrative side, or both!
  • An advanced credential (like the RMA) is something you see as valuable and a means to further your career.
  • Beginning your career in only about 2 years is appealing to you.
  • You’d eventually like to obtain further degrees (nursing or physician’s assistant, for example), but earning your associate’s and getting some work experience under your belt first sounds like a good idea.

CAREER OUTLOOK & GENERAL OVERVIEW

SETTINGS TO WORK IN

Rewarding career options include:
  • Registered Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Outpatient Surgery Assistant
  • Patient Representative

AVERAGE AGE

31
Average age of the Plaza student population*

*Based on active student population, Spring 2021

GRADUATION RATE

64%
of all of Plaza’s full time students graduate on time

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

28:1
Allowing more dynamic classroom interaction

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

$810,839.91
Awarded during the 2020 academic year

*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021

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THE MEDICAL ASSISTING DEGREE PROGRAM

Designed and taught by experts in the field, the program will provide you with practical information and hands-on-experience to prepare you for a successful Medical Assisting career. In addition to an in-field externship at one of our premier healthcare partner organizations, you can expect instruction in these areas:

  • ICD-CM and CPT Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Laboratory and Clinical Procedures and Applications
  • Medical Law and Ethics, Insurance, and Administrative Procedures

Upon successful completion of your coursework, students will benefit from a review course designed to help them pass the Registered Medical Assistant exam. The RMA is an advanced credential highly sought-after by employers. The benefits of being an RMA versus an MA are:

  • Additional responsibilities in the workplace, such as entering patient histories and information directly into their electronic medical record
  • Advantage over your competition in the job market
  • Opportunity for a higher earning potential

View all degree requirements in the College Catalog.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Data provided on the 2020 Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) Annual Report Form shows that the medical assisting program at Plaza College has a placement rate of 94.0% for the graduating class of 2018. Employers reported that they were 100% satisfied with the 2018 graduates placed at their facilities. The exam passage rate for the 2018 graduates is 100%.

WHY IS PLAZA RIGHT FOR YOU?

We're glad you asked.

Academic Quality

Program Rigor, Subject-Matter-Expert Professors, and MSCHE Accreditation ensure an exceptional college education.

Competitive Tuition

Our tuition is not only of the lowest of any private college in New York State, but one of the lowest amongst all 4-year colleges in NYC.

Campus Location

Located in the heart of Queens, our Forest Hills campus is convenient and easily accessible by all public transportation and major highways.

On Your Time

Whether you need classes in the morning, in the evening, online, or a combination of all, flexible course scheduling gives you options.

Success Stories

Our 100+ year alumni network is ready and waiting to tell you how Plaza helped them get where they are today!

Support Network

Individual Advising, Free Tutoring, Student Life Activities, and Job Placement Services add to your college experience and graduation success.