Administrative Medical Assistant

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available in State College and Altoona

The Administrative Medical Assistant program at South Hills trains you in the administrative, computer, and communication skills you’ll need for a career in a modern medical office—in any medical setting. As a student in the AMA program, you’ll learn essential skills such as handling EHR (electronic health records), billing, reception, insurance, and more. AMA students graduate ready to go to work with knowledge in medical transcription & terminology, medical administrative & practice management skills, and hands-on experience with medical insurance forms & coding.

Our AMA graduates work in such positions as Medical Coder/Abstractor, Transcriptionist, Medical Billing Manager, Medical Unit Secretary, and Service Representative.

Successful students in this program have good listening skills, are able to take directions well, are able to communicate clearly, and enjoy science & problem-solving.

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"The Administrative Medical Assistant is many times the first and last person patients see in the medical office. It is important that they understand all aspects of the medical office—office management, computer skills, customer service, and insurance processing. Now is a great opportunity to jump on board and learn the newest coding system which is ICD-10 and let the medical community know I Can Do 10."

Brenda Ream Stover
AMA Program Coordinator / Instructor at the State College Main Campus

AMA Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Administrative Medical Assistant are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Healthcare Management or Health Studies through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management or Health Studies in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our HIT program will automatically transfer into the program. Students and alumni may transfer in additional credits through military or other colleges as applicable, accepting up to 98 credits. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online. Both programs are also fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Administrative Medical Assistant Course List for 2016-17

This program information appears in the 2016-17 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
EN104Business English I460
PD110Professional Development224
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
MD109Medical Terminology II336
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field460
GE213Oral Business Communications224
EN105Business English II460
GE210Business English III3.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
MD111Fundamentals of Medical Documentation230
MG107Customer Relations336
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
MD205Medical Documentation Applications3.560
CP283Microsoft Office460
MD240Medical Administrative Skills I4.560
MD303Medical Administrative Skills II3.560
MD241Medical Insurance Forms4.560
HI229Medical Legal Aspects336
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
MD304AMA Capstone Project1.530
MD211Practice Management & EHR 3.560
CD207Job Search Skills224
DS103First Aid & CPR-AHA0.510
MD604Administrative Medical Assistant Internship11330
CD308Career Preparation0.510
CD311Certification Preparation for the Administrative Medical Assistant221

Graduate Spotlight

"University Orthopedics Center has hosted many South Hills internships over the years that have led to full-time hires for our organization. [It is] not always easy finding that employee who understands what goes on in the Medical field as an administrative assistant, but South Hills does an excellent job molding their students to succeed."

Laurie Hall
Class of 1996
Organizational Development Manager
University Orthopedics Center

Careers in Administrative Medical Assistant

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Medical Billing Manager
  • Medical Coder/Abstractor
  • Medical Unit Secretary
  • Office Manager
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Transcriptionist

Each student completes a spring-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care
  • Blair Medical Associates
  • Cardiology Associates of Altoona
  • Centre Psychology Group
  • Geisinger Health Systems – Lewistown, Philipsburg, State College, & Lock Haven
  • Healthcare Billing Consultants
  • Martin & Suhey Orthopedics
  • Medical Billing & Management Services
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group
  • Penn Highlands Healthcare
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Group
  • Tyrone Medical Associates
  • University Orthopedics Center
  • UPMC Altoona

South Hills Administrative Medical Assistant graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

  • Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care
  • Cardiology Associates of Altoona
  • Central Pennsylvania Podiatry
  • Clearfield Hospital (Penn Highlands Clearfield)
  • Geisinger Health System
  • Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital
  • Kotary, Detar and Associates
  • Lechene Chiropractic
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Nittany Eye Associates
  • Nittany Valley Foot & Ankle
  • Tyrone Medical Associates
  • UPMC Altoona

Brenda Ream Stover, RHIT CCS CPC RMT

AMA Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Brenda previously served at Centre Community Hospital [Mount Nittany Medical Center] for 12 years as a transcriptionist, coder, and later as a supervisor for the coding and transcription departments.

Brenda’s Accreditations include Certified Professional Coder (CPC), AAPC, July 2013; Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, AHIMA, September 2009; Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT), AAMT, September 2006; Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), AHIMA, September 1998 and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), AHIMA, November, 1991.

She is a member of AAPC—American Academy of Professional Coders; AHIMA—American Health Information Management Association; PHIMA—Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association and CPHIMA—Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association.

Pam Meister

Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Pam Meister has taught at South Hills for 18 years. Pam is an instructor of anatomy and physiology and other health-related classes. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a BSN in Nursing. Pam has practiced throughout the U.S. in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Psychiatric, and OR Nursing. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. She is also a member of the Anatomy & Physiology Society, Inc., which is dedicated to promoting excellence in the teaching of human anatomy and physiology.

Sonya Witmer, RHIA CDIP MS

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Sonya Witmer, RHIA, CDIP, MS, has been an instructor with South Hills for almost ten years. Sonya graduated from Penn State University with a BS degree, and the College of St. Scholastica with a master’s degree in Health Information and Informatics Management. She has worked in all facets of Health Information Management for over 20 years.

Sonya is a member of AHIMA, PHIMA, and serves on the RHIA/CCS certification exam writing committee for AHIMA.

Mary Prorok

Full-time Instructor
Altoona Campus

Mary Prorok is the Administrative Medical Assistant advisor for South Hills Altoona campus. Mary specializes in allied health education for medical assistants, administrative medical assistants, and health information technology students. Mary earned her RN associate degree from Mount Aloysius College and continued her education from Saint Francis College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing.

Her nursing experience includes staff nursing on a medical-surgical unit, mental health instructor in a hospital school of nursing, and adjunct faculty at Mount Aloysius College. She is also currently an instructor of CPR and First Aid classes through the American Heart Association.

Mary has interest and experience in complementary medicine and that adds a holistic approach to the student and to the classroom.

Program Advisory Board Members

State College Main Campus
Jennifer LongstrethACCESS ManagerGeisinger Gray's Woods
Shannon HilliardNurse Leader Primary CareMount Nittany Physician Group
Rian RoanRevenue Cycle ManagerMount Nittany Physician Group
Hannah Killinger, CPCRemote CoderConifer Health Solutions
Laura MossDirctor Revenue CycleMount Nittany Physician Group
Kathy KocetNurse Leader Medical SpecialtiesMount Nittany Physician Group
Ashley ShueyCertified Medical AssistantMount Nittany Physician Group
Mary BresslerOffice ManagerComplete Medical Billing Solutions
Altoona Campus
Chasity BeeBilling ManagerCentral PA Podiatry
Mary ThayerOffice ManagerCardiology Associates of Altoona
Megan GarnerFront Office SupervisorBert Altmanshofer, DPN & Associates, LTD
Sue ChewPractice ManagerUPMC Altoona
Kim CorleRN SupervisorUPMC Altoona
Michele ScanlonHuman ResourcesUPMC Altoona
Amber GroveBlair Medical Associates
Patricia GeeseyHospital RecruiterUPMC Altoona
Mindi McGregorOffice ManagerAdvanced Regional Center for Ankle & Foot Care
Karissa ButlerAdministrative AssistantBlair Durgs & Alcohol Partnerships

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Administrative Medical Assistant Disclosures page on our website.