The UAF Community and Technical College offers a Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting.
The certificate program is nationally accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and intended to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be eligible to take the national exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants and the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (AAMA/MAERB).
The associate of applied science program provides students the opportunity build on the foundation developed at the certificate level through completion of additional allied health and general education coursework.
Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep healthcare delivery settings running smoothly. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants who examine, diagnose, and treat patients, under the direct supervision of a physician.
The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually “generalists,” handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of a physician.
The Medical Assistant program uses classrooms and laboratories at the Allied Health Learning Center at 604 Barnette Street. Hands on clinical training may be offered at physicians offices and clinics, and other health facilities. Class sizes are intentionally kept small so that you receive highly individualized one-on-one training from our outstanding faculty and instructors. Our faculty and instructors have years of experience in the allied health industry, which means you will be learning from the very best.
In the Fairbanks area there is a growing demand for medical assistants in clinics, private offices, and urgent care centers.
Employers prefer to hire experienced workers or certified applicants who have passed a national examination, indicating that the medical assistant meets certain standards of competence. The American Association of Medical Assistants awards the Certified Medical Assistant credential. Because medical assistants deal with the public, they must be neat and well groomed and have a courteous, pleasant manner. Medical assistants must be able to put patients at ease and explain physicians’ instructions. They must respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.
Medical assistants may be able to advance to office manager. They may qualify for a wide variety of administrative support occupations. Some, with additional education, enter other health occupations such as nursing and medical technology.
In view of the preference of many health care employers for trained personnel, job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.
Phone: (907) 455-2800
The Medical Assistant Certificate (UAF Community and Technical College) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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