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Careers in healthcare provide a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Medical Assistants are expected to grow much faster than average at 15% or higher through the year 2030.1
Earning your degree now will prepare you for the jobs of the future.
With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities2 to work in a variety of healthcare settings:
Bryan U’s Associate Degree in Administrative Medical Assisting gives you all the technical skills from the medical assisting certificate program, plus valuable medical office knowledge and soft skills that employers want including:
As part of the Associate degree in Administrative Medical Assisting, you’ll have the opportunity during the Clinical Medical Assistant Undergraduate Certificate to demonstrate the skills you learn in class online using Bryan U’s Medical Kit, which we ship to your home at no extra cost (it’s included in tuition). The medical kit contains the following:
The Medical kit gives you the real-world practice you’ll need, along with feedback and coaching from instructors, to ensure you master the clinical skills employers value and build your confidence – all from the comfort of home!
Bryan University has partnered with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to provide our students a virtual externship capstone experience that is like no other program. This experience is in addition to the capstone experience completed in the Certificate in Clinical Medical Assisting. This experience allows students to apply their skills in a virtual environment to gain simulated real-world practical experience. This virtual externship is completed online and includes the following:
As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive valuable benefits that are included in tuition at no extra charge that will build your resume and establish your credibility in the marketplace, including:
Your investment in a Bryan University credential provides an online educational experience like no other:
At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that will provide support and celebrates your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.
You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.
You can enroll in the Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate and the Associate Degree in Administrative Medical Assisting concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition. Also see https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-6013.00, and https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2072.00. Sites visited on 2/1/2022. Job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.
2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.
3 If considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing or certification agency in your home state before beginning the academic program in your state, or upon changing states. This program is not currently available online in the following states: Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington.
The Academic Associate in Administrative Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains in health settings as medical assistants. The program focuses on the skills of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, administrative skills including the processing of medical insurance forms and claims, understanding healthcare laws and ethics, clinical skills including but not limited to ECG, phlebotomy, pharmacology, vital signs, conducting routine lab tests, and followed by a hands-on practicum with online demonstrations and simulations. Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching.
This program prepares students for a deeper understanding of the concepts and theories associated with Medical Assisting. The Program Learning Outcomes are:
At the completion of this Academic Associate program, students will be eligible to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Practicum/Clinical Course hours are a part of a student’s required coursework in their educational program at Bryan University. Students are not paid for the work performed during practicum/clinical course activities. All school rules apply to practicum/clinical course hours. Students participating in practicum/clinical course hours are reminded that they are acting as representatives of Bryan University and are expected to be professional at all times. Students are expected to complete practicums/clinical course hours within the grading period as outlined in the course description and requirements.
UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
This course covers the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, academic goal setting, and time management, as well as relevant technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
CMA-100—Introduction to Medical Assisting—3.0 credits
This course provides the students with an overview of the medical assisting profession and its role in the healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major functions and departmental inter-relationships. Students will prepare for the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification at the end of this course.
BIO-100MA - Medical Terminology - 3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms and become familiar with a broad array of terminology commonly used in the health care professions.
BIO-105MA - Anatomy and Physiology - 3.0 credits
This course will cover the systems that comprise the human organism. Co-requisite: BIO-100MA
BIO-115MA - Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology - 3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions. Prerequisite: BIO-105MA
CMA-110 - Medical Law & Ethics - 3.0 credits
This course provides essential legal and ethical principles for those pursuing a career in the healthcare field. It provides a foundation of all the essentials including the legal system, the patient/physician relationship, professional liability, and medical malpractice prevention, workplace law and ethics, medical records, confidentiality, bioethical issues, ADA, and HIPAA. Prerequisite: None
CMA-120 - Clinical Lab Procedures and Phlebotomy Applications with Practicum- 3.0 credits
This course provides students with basic clinical skills. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals of procedures that relate to patient care. Topics to be covered include medical asepsis and infection control, infectious diseases/blood-borne pathogens, preparing the medical record, and taking measurements and vital signs. Also included will be administering medication, injections, phlebotomy, hematology, blood chemistry, and serology. Prerequisites: BIO-100MA, BIO-105MA
CMA-130 - Advanced Laboratory Procedures & Minor Surgeries with Practicum- 3.0 credits
This course provides the student with advanced clinical skills. Emphasis is placed on assisting the physician. Topics to be covered include assisting with the patient examination, eye and ear assessment, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment, and assisting with surgical procedures. The student will understand physical agents to promote healing, assisting with specialty examinations and procedures, radiology, and diagnostic imaging and electrocardiogram. Prerequisite: BIO-100MA, BIO-105MA
CMA-140 - Billing and Coding Overview and EHR with Practicum- 3.0 credits
This course provides an overview of the revenue cycle in the healthcare field. Topics include applying diagnostic and procedural coding, group and private insurances, HMOs, PPOs, and government-sponsored medical insurance programs. Accurate completion of claim forms and third-party payer reimbursement processes is discussed. Prerequisite: CMA-120
CMA-200—Medical Assistant Capstone / Certification Review—3.0 credits
The course is designed to combine both administrative and clinical skills in a simulated office environment. Students will walk through a typical day of an MA professional. The student will complete the 120-hour practicum as a review tool for the medical assisting student to prepare for their profession. Included in this course is preparation for the certification examinations. Prerequisite: CMA-120, Corequisite: CMA-140.
AMA-215—Practice Management Systems—3.0 credits
This multimedia learning course uses medical practice management software and electronic medical records software that covers aspects of computerized administrative, clinical, financial, and EHR storage procedures performed in the medical office. Prerequisite: None.
AMA-240—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement —3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included. Practice Management Systems will also be used. Prerequisites: None
HIM-220—Human Resources and Organizational Management—3.0 credits
This course introduces students to human resources and organizational management, reviewing strategies to promote organizational success. Key HR functions such as recruitment, staffing, development, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined, as well as key organizational functions such as organizing, planning, leading and controlling resources. Prerequisites: None
AMA-250—Cyber Security and Access Control with EHR—3.0 credits
This course is designed to aid students in understanding how HIPAA and cybersecurity is practiced and maintained in healthcare settings. Topics include access controls, data breaches, risk assessment tools, and HIPAA compliance. Privacy aspects of the EHR are evaluated as well as compliance issues and management of information in the EHR. Prerequisites: None
AMA-299 — Professional Practicum Experience —3.0 credits
This course includes professional practicum experience, or placement in a virtual healthcare facility, or related service, to use acquired technology-level skills and build practical knowledge of medical office functions and systems. It requires the completion of a capstone project. Prerequisites: AMA-215, AMA-240, HIM-220, AMA-250.
ENG-110S* — English Composition I —3.0 credits
This course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications. Prerequisite: None
SOC-200S*—Social Psychology—3.0 credits.
A course covering the fundamentals of social psychology and group behavior. The course focuses on how individuals are influenced by other people and situations.
COM-115S*—Interpersonal Communication —3.0 credits
This course introduces the concepts and theories of interpersonal communication. Students will explore the process and functions of communication, developing relationships, communication strategies, and interpersonal language skills, including conflict management. Prerequisite: None.
MAT-110S*—Algebra I—3.0 credits
This course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring. Prerequisite: None.
CRT-110S*—Critical Thinking I—3.0 credits
This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies. Prerequisite: None.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
Program offered 100% online in most US states. Program not currently available in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington.
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60-semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight-week time period. Two eight-week time periods constitute a semester.
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits may be transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.
For a current listing of faculty, please contact a member of the Bryan U admissions team at 888-768-6861.
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MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University
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DPA in Public Administration from West Chester University; MA in Communication Studies from West Chester University and BA in Communications from Immaculata University
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MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University
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MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University
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