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Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program prepares graduates to work in physicians' offices where they perform both administrative and clinical skills.

The Bossier Parish Community College Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon 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 be able to demonstrate:

  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 perform as a medical assistant;
  4. the ability to think and act as a professional by using 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 a Medical Assistant technical diploma or degree must first meet College admission requirements. Students are selected into the Medical Assistant Program upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") in qualification courses, ALHT 201 or ALHT 209, and submission of completed program application and signed essential requirement form.

Program classes are scheduled to begin in the fall and spring of each year. Up to twenty students are selected for each program class. Medical Assistant program courses and laboratories are scheduled in the fall and spring semesters. Upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") of the program training courses and laboratories, Medical Assistant students are assigned to practicum sites during the spring semester. Practicum training (a minimum of 220 hours) is completed at physicians' offices and clinics throughout Northwest Louisiana. Prior to graduation, the student must take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant Examination conducted by the Certifying Board of the AAMA. Successful completion of the practicum experience, completion of the CMA (AAMA) certification exam, and required course work leads to the awarding of the Technical Diploma or Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant. As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to take the AAMA certified Medical Assistant examination.

ALHT 209 is offered only during the fall semester and ALHT 201 is offered only during the spring semester. . If a student fails to complete ALHT 201, ALHT 203, ALHT 209, or MOS 107 with a "C" or higher, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student can reapply for the next program class. During ALHT 210, the student will be assigned to a physician’s office or healthcare setting, generally for eight hours per day, three to five days a week for 8-14 weeks. Credit for experiential learning is not allowed for the following courses: ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 107, ALHT 203 or ALHT 210.

Students must submit required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section) prior to beginning ALHT 210. Program students are required to pay a clinical fee and a CMA (AAMA) certification fee in addition to regular tuition.

Required Courses for the Technical Diploma and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant

Qualification Courses (Must be completed prior to enrolling in Program Courses) 
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120 Intro Anatomy/Physiology 3
BLGY 120L intro Anatomy/Physiology Lab 1
Total credit hours for Quailifcation Courses  7
Program Courses (students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in all Qualification courses to enroll in any of the following program courses)
ALHT 114 Introduction to Medical Coding  3
ALT 201/201L Medical Supplies & Patient Prep (spring only) 4
ALHT 209/209L Laboratory Testing (fall only) 4
MOS 107 Medical Office Administration 3
ALHT 203 Specialty Areas for Medical Assistants (fall and spring*) 3
ALHT 210 Medical Assistant Practicum (fall and spring*) 4
Additional courses (can be taken prior to or concurrently enrolled in Qualification and/or program courses
ALHT 206 Pathophysiology 3
ALHT 115 Pharmacology for Allied Health 3
ALHT 116 Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations and Measurement 3
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology 3
ALHT 105 Medical Ethics and Law 3
ALHT 109 Healthcare Systems and Safety 2
Total credit hours for the Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant 45
Additional Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant
CIS 105 Computer Concepts 3
ENGL 101 Comp and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 101  Algebra for College Students or  3
MATH 102 College Algebra   
Humanities elective   3
SPCH 110  Principles of Speech or 3
SPCH 115 Interpersonal Communication   
Total credit hours for Additional Courses  15
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant 60
*For transfer to four year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determin the appropriated mathematics course.

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Medial Assistant from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health.

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