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Associate Degree in Administrative Medical Assisting

Advance Your Career in Medical Assisting with Administrative Skills

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Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

Career Outlook and Growth

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.

1Bureau 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Support Worker
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Records Specialist

Attractive Employers

With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities2 to work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • College Health Departments
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Surgery Centers
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

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.

Employers Who Have Hired BU Grads

Program Highlights

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Total Credits
100%
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Online
2
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Courses at a Time
8
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Weeks per Course

Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:

Certificate

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • CPR/First aid certification
  • Pathology & pharmacology
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Electronic health records (EHR)
  • Phlebotomy (collecting blood samples)
  • Patient measurements, vital signs, & injections 
  • Patient exams including eye and ear assessment
  • Sterilizing medical equipment
  • Assisting with specialty exams including surgery, radiology, diagnostic imaging, & electrocardiograms
  • Virtual externship experience through NHA
  • Preparation for NHA’s CCMA cert - one exam attempt included in tuition

Associate Degree

  • Medical office software and technologies
  • Healthcare human resources management
  • Cybersecurity for medical records
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Interpersonal communications & writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Virtual externship experience through NHA
  • Preparation for NHA’s CMAA cert - one exam attempt included in tuition
BU Medical Assisting Kit

Medical Kit Included for Hands-On Practice at Home

As a Bryan University Medical Assisting student, you'll get the opportunity to demonstrate your skills 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:

  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Phlebotomy/Venipuncture kit
  • Authentic IV kit
  • Tourniquets, vein clips, gloves, and wipes
  • Safety needles, syringes, and blood tubes
  • Practice arm

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s Medical Assisting Associate Degree is aligned with current competencies by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world practice experience online combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

Apply your skills in a virtual capstone experience through NHA that increases your mastery of core competencies and provides you with scenarios that help you prepare for what you’ll face on the job.

MA SkillBuilder

Use online learning modules to comprehensively practice your skills while preparing to take the CMAA certification exam.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options: Stackable Programs with Dual Enrollment

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.

Hear from Our Successful Graduates

"The experience at Bryan University exceeded my expectations and improved my life." 
–Claire Cielinski, BU Graduate
“I’ve never met a group who care about students the way the instructors do at Bryan. It was an awesome experience.”
–Brandon Granger, BU Graduate

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Meet Your Program Faculty

Jacqueline Harris
Dr. Jacquelyn Harris, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), AHI (AMT), EdD, MS, BS
Program Director, Bryan University

“The Medical Assisting programs at Bryan U are truly like no other – in addition to the many benefits provided to students, the programs are focused on developing the skills and credentials that healthcare employers value most.”

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Jacqueline Harris
Dr. Jacquelyn Harris, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), AHI (AMT), EdD, MS, BS Program Director, Bryan University

“The Medical Assisting programs at Bryan U are truly like no other – in addition to the many benefits provided to students, the programs are focused on developing the skills and credentials that healthcare employers value most.”

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Bobbie Blood, MBAHM, BSHA, AAS-MA CMA (AAMA)
Faculty, Bryan University
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Bobbie Blood, MBAHM, BSHA, AAS-MA CMA (AAMA) Faculty, Bryan University
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Heather Cowin, BSAHA, AAS-MA, CMA (AAMA)
Faculty, Bryan University
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Heather Cowin, BSAHA, AAS-MA, CMA (AAMA) Faculty, Bryan University

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Meet Your General Education Faculty

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Valerie Akbulut Instructor, Bryan University

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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Valerie Akbulut Instructor, Bryan University

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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Kelly Baker Instructor, Bryan University

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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Kelly Baker Instructor, Bryan University

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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Emily Chaffin Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

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Emily Chaffin Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

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Explore Medical Assisting Courses

  • ENG-110S, 3.0 credits
    English Composition I
    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
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  • CMA-140, 3.0 credits
    Billing and Coding Overview and EHR with Practicum
    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
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  • CMA-200, 3.0 credits
    Medical Assistant Capstone / Certification Review
    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.
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  • COM-115S, 3.0 credits
    Interpersonal Communication
    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.
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  • CRT-110S, 3.0 credits
    Critical Thinking I
    This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies. Prerequisite: None.
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  • MAT-110S, 3.0 credits
    Algebra I
    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.
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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    School Starter Kit

    You’ll receive a starter package to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Accelerated Programs & No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Personal Success Coach

    You'll receive dedicated support to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn Online

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Flexible & Convenient

We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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Learn Faster & Retain More

We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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Live Classes & Academic Support

Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

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 includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later - click here for a list of live classes by program.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan U, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

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Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

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Transfer Credits

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 are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

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Financial Aid if You Qualify

As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn about those who qualify, please visit our financial aid page.

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Active-Duty Military & Veterans

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details. You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

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Tuition Rates Go Down the Longer You're in School

As you progress through each credential level (e.g., certificate to associate degree, or associate degree to bachelor's degree), your tuition decreases. Plus, your tuition is locked in once you enroll so that it never goes up as long as you remain continuously enrolled in good academic standing. For a current listing of Bryan University's tuition rates by program, please visit our tuition rates page.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Attend online orientation to meet your faculty and classmates.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.

To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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