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Medical Assistant
Associate of Applied Science

The Bossier Parish Community College Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org)Will open new browser window or tabupon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756


To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill),
and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant will have demonstrated

  1. effective communication in the medical office environments through utilization of active listening, interviewing, instructing, and documenting skills with patients, families, and health care professionals in recognition of diverse cultures;
  2. utilization of critical thinking to identify, analyze, and problem-solve in the clinical and administrative medical assistant work place;
  3. application of concepts of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, medical dosage calculation, laboratory testing, computer skills and other current technologies to the role of the medical assistant;
  4. application of professionalism as evidenced by use of effective time management, organization, provisions for safety and legal/ethical principles; and
  5. competency in the performance of administrative and clinical skills appropriate to the role of a medical assistant.

Specific Requirements:

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science must first meet College admission requirements. Upon the successful completion (minimum of “C” in qualification courses), submission of program application, and academic rating forms (references), a student may interview for clinical classes.

The selection process is in the spring. Clinical classes are scheduled to begin in the fall of each year. Up to twenty students are selected for each clinical class. Medical Assistant clinical training courses and laboratories are scheduled in the fall semester. Upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") of the clinical training courses and laboratories, Medical Assistant students are assigned to externship sites during the spring semester. Externship training (a minimum of 200 hours) is completed at physicians' offices and clinics throughout Northwest Louisiana. Successful completion of the clinical experience and required course work leads to the awarding of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant. Graduates of the BPCC Medical Assistant Program are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant Examination conducted by the Certifying Board of the AAMA. As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to take the AAMA certified Medical Assistant examination.

ALHT 201, ALHT 209, and MOS 206L are offered only during the fall semester. These courses must be taken concurrently during the fall semester immediately prior to the enrollment in Medical Assistant Externship (ALHT 210). If a student fails to complete ALHT 201, ALHT 209, or MOS 206L with a "C" or higher, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program. If the student withdraws from one of the clinical courses (ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 206L), the student will be withdrawn from all the clinical courses. The student can reapply for the next clinical class. During ALHT 210, the student will be assigned to a physician’s office or clinical setting, generally for eight hours per day, three to five days a week for 10 weeks. Credit for experiential learning is not allowed for the following courses: ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 206L, ALHT 203 or ALHT 210.

Students must submit clinical information (described earlier in this section) prior to beginning ALHT 210. Clinical students are required to pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition.

Required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant:

Qualification Courses
(must be completed prior to enrolling in clinical classes)
ZLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
ZLGY 120/120L: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab 4
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
CIS 115: Software Applications 3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology 3
ALHT 115: Pharmacology 3
ALHT 116: Dosage Calculations 3
Total qualification course hours: 24
Clinicals Courses
ALHT 114: Medical Coding 3
ALHT 201: Medical Supplies/Patient Preparation 4
ALHT 209/209L: Laboratory Procedures 4
MOS 206: Medical Office Procedures 3
MOS 206L: Medical Office Procedures Lab 1
ALHT 203: Specialty Areas 3
ALHT 210: Externship 4
Total clinical hours: 22
Additional Required Courses
HMAN Elective 3
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
or SPCH 115:   Interpersonal Communication
BADM 112: Business English 3
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics & Law 3
ENGL 101: Composition & Rhetoric I 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology 3
Total additional required course hours: 21
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant 67
Additional Related Elective Course Work
ALHT 112/112L: Basic Electrocardiography 3
ALHT 207: Advanced Medical Language 3
MICR 110/110L: Survey of Microbiology 4

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