Administrative Medical Assistant at South Hills School of Business & Technology

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 and coding, 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 Scribe, Medical Billing Manager, Medical Unit Secretary, and Patient 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 in the AMA, HIT, and MA programs may be accepted and receive up to 64 credits if they have a 2.0 GPA in all classes to be transferred and meet other program requirements. 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

Administrative Medical Assistant Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours  
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care3.036
GE183Business English I4.060
OS103Keyboarding1.020
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
PD110Professional Development2.024
First Term Totals:23.0306
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II4.060
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
Second Term Totals:23.5310
Third TermGE210Business English III3.560
MG107Customer Relations3.036
MD111Fundamentals of Medical Documentation2.030
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
DS103First Aid & CPR-AHA0.510
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
Third Term Totals:23.5316
Fourth TermHI225CPT-44.048
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
MD240Medical Administrative Skills I4.560
MD205Medical Documentation Applications3.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
MD242Pharmacology3.036
Fourth Term Totals:24.0324
Fifth TermMD244AMA Capstone Project1.530
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
MD243Medical Administrative Skills II3.560
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
HI229Medical Legal Aspects3.036
MD211Practice Management & EHR3.560
Fifth Term Totals:20.5306
Sixth TermMD245Administrative Medical Assistant Internship11.0330
CD200Career Preparation0.510
CD203Certification Preparation for the Administrative Medical Assistant2.021
Sixth Term Totals:13.5361
AMA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSAMA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
128.01,923

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/Medical Scribe

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

Meet the Faculty

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
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
Ryan KnowlesManager of Operations-Nittany DivisionUniversity Orthopedics Center
Kelly FergusonCoding SupervisorJames E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Chasity BeeBilling SpecialistCardiology Associates of Altoona
Mary ThayerOffice ManagerCardiology Associates of Altoona
Megan GarnerFront Office SupervisorBert Altmanshofer, DPM & 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 Drugs & Alcohol Partnerships
Danielle FeathersReceptionistK&C Denture Center
Andrea StapletonUnit SecretaryUPMC Altoona
Taylor GearhartUnit SecretaryUPMC Altoona
Alli Psaki FishelSenior Administrative AssistantHome Nursing Agency

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.