September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 11, 2020  
September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science/Applied Science in Medical Assisting Services (ASMAS/AASMAS)


(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

The introduction of students to the overall operation of the physician’s office is the basic objective of this program. Students are trained to assist the physician in the examination room, to perform routine laboratory procedures, and to handle financial records, correspondence, insurance forms, and other administrative functions. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students to successfully gain entry-level employment as a medical assistant.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  1. Perform clinical assisting and laboratory procedures.
  2. Create and enter data into different healthcare documents.
  3. Apply legal concepts to the medical practice.
  4. Communicate professionally with patients, coworkers, and providers.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, medical assistant.

Program Content

A minimum of 60.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Entry Requirement

Students must meet the minimally required score on the entrance assessments to be eligible to enroll in the Associate of Science/Applied Science Degree Program in Medical Assisting Services. Those students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for ASMAS/AASMAS may be eligible for admittance into an alternate allied health program such as Medical Office Administration.

Akron Campus Only: Students who do not meet the minimally required score on the entrance assessments to be eligible to enroll in the AASMAS, may be eligible to enroll for admittance into the DMAS. Upon successful completion of the DMAS, graduates are eligible to apply for admission into the AASMAS.

In the event that the student enrolls in an alternate allied health program and successfully completes the following 25.00 semester credit hours, earning a grade of “C” or better in each of the courses, he or she becomes eligible to request to transfer into the ASMAS/AAMAS program:

Required Courses


All courses, 14.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Clinical Courses


All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required.

General Education Requirements


Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 28.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education  section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Computer Applications ■ ♦
8.00 Semester Credit Hours in Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities with a Critical Thinking Focus **
1.00 Semester Credit Hour in Information Literacy
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science.

■ Students in the ASMAS/AASMAS program must take MO 111 - Computer Software Applications in Healthcare  to fulfill the 3.00 semester credit hours of general education in computer applications.

♦ The state of Minnesota requires a minimum of 20.00 semester credit hours of general education for associate’s degrees, not counting computer applications. However, all Herzing University students in the AASMAS program must complete a minimum of 28.00 semester credit hours in general education, including computer applications, to complete the requirement for graduation from this associate’s degree program. Minnesota students must complete at least 2.00 semester credit hours of general education in the humanities.

Personal and Professional Development Courses


2.00 semester credit hours are required.