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Medical Administrative Assistant Degree

The Medical Administrative Assistant Degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, public health departments, Civil Service, medical laboratories, pharmaceutical houses, insurance companies, business and industrial firms with large medical departments, and foundations devoted to medical research.

The graduate’s duties include transcribing dictation, preparing correspondence and medical records, filing, mailing, ordering supplies, handling telephone services, making appointments and receiving visitors, taking care of general office administration, and using a computer for word processing, spreadsheet, electronic presentation, and database projects.

NIACC’s classrooms are equipped with the latest in computers, office machines, and equipment. They are also staffed by qualified instructors in the business and medical fields.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:

    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Medical Secretary
    • Medical Records Manager
    • Medical Information Processing Operator
    • Receptionist
    • Appointment Clerk

For specific information contact the NIACC Business Division.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Administrative Assistant Degree curriculum (at least 63 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

BCA-129 Basic Word Processing 2 s.h.
BUS-121 Business Communications 3 s.h.
HIT-125 Essentials of Health Records 2 s.h.
HSC-120 Medical Terminology I 3 s.h.
HSC-144 Basic Pharmacology 2 s.h.
HSC-150 Body Structure and Function
OR BIO-206 Anatomy and Physiology*
AND BIO-207 Anatomy and Physiology II**
4 s.h.

(8 s.h.)
16-20 s.h.
Second Term
ADM-131 Office Calculators 1 s.h.
ADM-215 Medical Office Procedures*** 3 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
HIT-210 Basic Medical Insurance & Coding**** 2 s.h.
HIT-420 Legal Aspects of Health Information 2 s.h.
HSC-121 Medical Terminology II***** 3 s.h.
HSC-155 Laboratory Tests 2 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
ADM-123 Document Formatting 3 s.h.
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
BIO-152 Health and Nutrition 3 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
HIT-242 Coding I (ICD-10)+ 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Fourth Term
BCA-136 Advanced Word Processing++ 3 s.h.
BUS-161 Human Relations
OR PSY-102 Human and Work Relations (3 s.h.)
3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II+++ 3 s.h.
HIT-247 Coding II (CPR)++++ 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s)
OR BUS-225 Business Internships+++++
OR MAP-622 Medical Assistant Practicum
4 s.h.

(6 s.h.)
16-18 s.h.
Total Program Hours 63-69 s.h.

*Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed, with a grade of C or higher, one of the following: BIO-102 Introductory Biology; BIO-186 Microbiology; BIO-202 Biology I; HSC-150 Body Structure and Function; high school AP Biology; high school Anatomy and Physiology; or an ACT Composite score of at least 21.
**Prerequisite: BIO-206 Anatomy and Physiology I, with a grade of C or higher; or permission of instructor.
***BUS-121 Business Communications, BCA-129 Word Processing or BCA-215 Computer Business Applications, and HIT-125 Essentials of Health Records OR MAP-353 Clinical Procedures I.Communications.
****Corequisite: HSC-120 Medical Terminology I or permission of instructor
*****Prerequisite: None, however, HSC-120 Medical Terminology I is highly desirable.

+Prerequisite: None, however, HIT-210 Basic Medical Insurance and Coding, or experience in medical coding is highly desirable.
++Prerequisites: BCA-129 Basic Word Processing and BCA-215 Computer Business Applications.
+++Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I, with a grade of C or higher.
++++Prerequisite: HSC-120 Medical Terminology I; HSC-150 Body Structure and Function; and HIT-242 Coding I (ICD-10) or experience in Medical Coding.
+++++Prerequisites: Students must enroll in and pass BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism. Students must have their proposed experience approved by the Business Division Chair before they may register and begin.

#If you anticipate achieving a two-year degree, enroll in a Business Elective your first year and Workplace Professionalism your second year, preferably the Fourth Term.

Check here for a list of Business Electives.

Business Internships

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Talk to the Business Internship Coordinator or your Counselor to decide when in your college career you should participate in an internship.
  2. Enroll in and pass Workplace Professionalism (BUS-162).
    • Workplace Professionalism is a 3 s.h. course that is a prerequisite to Business Internships ~ it can be taken at any time prior to a Business Internship.
  3. Upon passing Workplace Professionalism, the student is eligible for a Business Internship (BUS-225).
    • Students may register for a Business Internship only when they have located, secured and have had the internship site approved with the Business Internship Coordinator.
    • Business Internship credit ranges from 1 s.h. to 5 s.h. ~ this must be determined prior to registering for the course.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a Business Internship before graduating.