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Medical Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Pamela Christianson, CMA (AAMA), CPhT (PTCB), BS

Program Website

NOTE: This program is undergoing modifications.  A new curriculum is coming Fall 2017. Please see your Advisor for specific program pre-requisites or for more information.

Medical Assistants are specially trained to work in ambulatory medical settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and surgical centers. These multi-skilled allied health personnel can function in both administrative and clinical areas.

The Great Falls College MSU Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). CAAHEP 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350.

Upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the certifying examination through the AAMA.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Perform many “front office” tasks including insurance billing, bookkeeping, and scheduling appointments and procedures.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory tests.
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as suture removal, electrocardiography, and “back office” duties.
  • Assist in patient care: screen patients, take vital signs, and assist with office procedures and patient exams.
  • Administer medications applying pharmacology principles.
  • Maintain medical and immunization records under medical provider’s supervision.
  • Respond to and initiate written communications in a professional manner to patients and medical facilities.
  • Follow legal guidelines in maintaining documentation and patient records and understand and apply HIPPA guidelines in the office setting.
  • Utilize computer software competently for various medical office functions.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees$9,171
Application Fee$30
Lab Fee$469

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Prerequisite Skills:

Students wishing to enter the Medical Assistant program are strongly advised to be proficient in keyboarding and typing.

Completion of the Health Science Orientation is required.

Students must register for AHMA 260 and AHMA 262 at the same time. AHMA 260 will be offered the first half of the semester, and AHMA 262 will be offered the second half of the semester.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
ACTG 101Accounting Procedures I **,+3
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3
Select one of the following:  
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Term Credits15
AHMA 201Med Asst Clinical Prcdrs I *,+4
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals *,+4
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
HTH 140Pharmacology for HC Providers *,+2
M 121College Algebra (OR any math course in the MUS core ) **,+3
Term Credits17
AHMA 250Electronic Medical Procedures *,+2
AHMS 220Medical Office Procedures *,+3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
Term Credits8
Second Year
AHMA 203Med Asst Clinical Prcdrs II *,+4
AHMA 260Med Assist Lab Procedures I *,+2
AHMA 262Med Assist Lab Procedures II *,+2
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
BIOH 113Human Form and Function II *,+3
Term Credits14
AHMA 280Medical Assisting Exam Prep *,+2
AHMA 298Medical Assisting Externship *,+4
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
Term Credits12
Total Credits66

Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.