Medical Assisting (Academic Minor)
The College of Health Sciences offers a 24-credit-hour minor in Medical Assisting available to all students, regardless of major. This program serves students in various disciplines who are interested in learning about and/or working within the healthcare field. The minor is intended to enrich your current plan of study and provide an opportunity to learn valuable skills applicable in the clinical setting.
Medical assistants are currently in high demand, with a projected 29% job growth over the next 10 years - a much greater rate than the average for all occupations. Medical assistants are widely employed in outpatient clinics, medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes and other medical establishments. The work that was once performed by registered nurses (e.g., medical history, vital signs, phlebotomy, medication administration, EKG, etc.) is now often performed by medical assistants who support nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors.
Coursework in the Medical Assisting minor allows you to obtain the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to sit for the national certification exam in medical assisting. If you do not desire to obtain a certificate, the coursework should be helpful if you choose to pursue other entry-level healthcare positions for which such knowledge and skills may be desired.
You may be interested in this minor if you are working part time as a medical assistant while completing your undergraduate degree. If you plan to apply to graduate programs which require patient contact hours prior to acceptance, this minor may be for you. The knowledge and skills gained through the minor coursework help you to become more marketable for entry-level healthcare employment opportunities.
The 24-hour Medical Assisting minor is very manageable. In particular, if you are already required to take Anatomy and Physiology I and II with the labs (8 hours), the minor will only require an additional 16 credit hours. For students within the College of Health Sciences who are required to take HMSE 2000 (2 hours), the minor requires only an additional 14 credit hours.
If you secure a certificate in medical assisting or work as a medical assistant, you may be eligible for additional Experiential Learning Credit (ELC). Please see this page for additional information.