Administrative Medical Assistant at South Hills School of Business & Technology

Administrative Medical Assistant

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

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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Complete Course List

Administrative Medical Assistant Course List

Administrative Medical Assistant Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for 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
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
PD110Professional Development2.024
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II4.060
MD111Fundamentals of Medical Documentation2.030
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
Third TermGE210Business English III3.560
HI103Health Data Content and Reimbursement4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
MD205Medical Documentation Applications3.560
Fourth TermHI225CPT-44.048
MG107Customer Relations3.036
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
MD240Medical Administrative Skills I4.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Fifth TermMD244AMA Capstone Project1.530
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
MD243Medical Administrative Skills II3.560
HI229Medical Legal Aspects3.036
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
MD211Practice Management & EHR3.560
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
Sixth TermMD245Administrative Medical Assistant Internship11.0330
CD106Career Preparation0.510
CD203Certification Preparation for the Administrative Medical Assistant2.021
127.5 Credits1,913 Clock Hours

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:

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

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:

Meet the Faculty

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Heather Antonuccio Front End Trainer Mount Nittany Physician Group
Jodi Butler Financial Assistant University Health Services, Pennsylvania State University
Kelly Ferguson Remote Coder Valley Health, Winchester, VA
Robin Garman Vice-president MD Office Solutions
Shannon Hilliard Nurse Leader Primary Care Mount Nittany Physician Group
Hannah Killinger, CPC Medical Office Assistant Mount Nittany Physician Group
Jennifer Longstreth ACCESS Manager Geisinger Gray's Woods
Melissa Minor Nurse Leader Surgical Specialties Mount Nittany Physician Group
Laura Moss Director Revenue Cycle Mount Nittany Physician Group
Rian Roan Revenue Cycle Manager Mount Nittany Physician Group
Deidra Shanley CMA. Head Nurse Toftrees Family Medicine
Ashley Shuey, CMA Site Supervisor Mount Nittany Physician Group
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

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.