Medical Assistant Training

Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree in Medical Assistant

Earn your ASB Degree in medical assisting degree at our State College, Pennsylvania campus

What You Need to Know About Our Medical Assistant Program

For those who are passionate about caring for others, a career as a medical assistant could be the perfect fit. Medical assisting is a hands-on position that lets you contribute to both clinical and administrative work behind the scenes at a variety of healthcare facilities and organizations, doing everything from managing patient records to collecting blood samples to assisting with patient exams. Medical assistants make a profound difference in patient comfort and care, and South Hills School of Business & Technology can prepare you to enter this field with our Associate of Specialized Business degree in Medical Assistant.

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), our medical assisting program readies you for the wide variety of roles and responsibilities you will find out in the job market. We use both in-person classwork and hands-on, practical lab experience to teach you topics like:

  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, and performing basic laboratory tests
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician (depending on state requirements)
  • Explaining treatment procedures and preparing patients for examination
  • Applying proper aseptic techniques for diagnostic and treatment procedures
  • Utilizing electronic health records to perform medical office functions, such as patient scheduling/check-in, billing, coding, and documenting patient information
  • Applying diagnosis/procedure codes to inpatient and outpatient records using ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT-4
  • Applying billing and coding procedures to submit claims for reimbursement
  • Applying HIPAA and other regulations regarding confidentiality of patient information to workplace scenarios

All students will take part in a 12-week internship so that you can put what you’ve learned from our experienced faculty to work in real-world settings. Previous medical assisting internship locations have included:

  • Allegheny Regional Endoscopy (Blair Gastroenterology)
  • Altoona Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Blair Medical Associates
  • Blair Orthopedics, Altoona PA
  • Geisinger
  • Martin and Suhey Orthopedics
  • Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
  • Nason Hospital
  • Pediatric HealthCare Associates, Altoona PA
  • Penn Highlands Center For Children’s Care
  • State College Family Medicine
  • Susquehanna Health
  • Tyrone Medical Associates
  • UPMC Altoona

Graduates of South Hills’ medical assisting program are qualified to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certified Medical Assistant exam.


Why You Should Choose South Hills

South Hills School of Business & Technology has been in the business of helping our students gain the specialized career skills they need for over 50 years. We know that we can help you, too, as you prepare for your future career. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Important internship and networking opportunities — Every degree program we offer at South Hills includes at least one 12-week internship component, which gives you not only hands-on experience, but also a chance to network and connect with our partner organizations. We also host an annual Network Career Fair with dozens of local employers.
  • Small class sizes — It’s important to us that each of our students feels seen, both in what they need out of their education and what their goals are. It’s why we keep our class sizes small, so you can build a personal relationship with your teachers and fellow students.
  • Experienced instructors and mentors — Our instructors are also experienced professionals who know what it takes to be successful in the job market. Accounting classes are taught by certified bookkeepers, accountants, business advisors, and analysts who incorporate their experience into the curriculum.
  • Career and alumni services — South Hills is an education community, there for you from the day you enroll to graduation and for years afterward. We have a dedicated Career Services team to help ready you for finding and securing your first job and can support you throughout your career.
  • Financial aid and scholarships — Finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you being able to train for the career you want. South Hills has a financial aid team that will help you every step of the way through the application process. Their goal is to help you to obtain all of the grant, loan, agency and military funding that you are eligible for.

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* The Medical Assistant Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Upon successful completion of the MA program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Objectives and Skills

Through a comprehensive educational training program including attention to theory, practice, and application, students in the Medical Assistant program will develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  1. To prepare the student to function competently at an entry level, principally in a physician’s office or clinic.
  2. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant administrative skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  3. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant clinical skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  4. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant laboratory skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  5. To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, disease processes and conditions.
  6. To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge and hands on practice to understand proper aseptic techniques, and diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly performed in the physician’s office.
  7. To prepare the student for employment in the health care field, emphasizing the need for maturity, responsibility, and attention to detail that is essential for all health care employees.
  8. To provide the student with information and skills needed to take the CMA (AAMA) exam.

At the completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally in speech and in writing.
  2. Use appropriate technological tools to assist in the efficient completion of assigned job responsibilities.
  3. Perform administrative duties as assigned in a medical office.
  4. Perform clinical duties as assigned in a medical office.
  5. Conduct themselves appropriately in order to maintain positive working relationships with employers, co-workers, and clients.
  6. Acquire the background knowledge necessary in order to understand historical and current business practices in their field.
  7. Function competently in a business environment, displaying traits of and meeting expectations for a valued employee.
  8. Identify print and electronic resources to continually expand their knowledge and skills through on-going professional development.
  9. Respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information.

A Closer Look at Our Medical Assisting Classes

The ASB degree in medical assisting at South Hills can be completed in just 23 months and consists of 125.5 credits, including the internship and courses on career preparation and certification preparation. Some other courses you’ll take include:

  • HI228 Introduction to the Health Care Field
  • MD102 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • MA200 Electrocardiography
  • HI226 ICD-10 Coding I
  • HI225 CPT-4 Coding
  • MA103 Laboratory Procedures
  • MA204 Phlebotomy
  • MD212 Principles of Medical Insurance

You can see the full breakdown of the courses you will take, including descriptions, in our course catalog.

Complete Course List

Medical Assistant Course List

Medical Assistant Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
GE183Business English I460
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
PD110Professional Development224
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II460
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals460
MD109Medical Terminology II336
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
Third TermGE210Business English III3.560
MA206Clinical Skills4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
Fourth TermHI225CPT-4448
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
MA103Laboratory Procedures3.560
MD240Medical Administrative Skills I4.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Fifth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills224
HI229Medical Legal Aspects336
MA201Medical Seminar2.536
GE213Oral Business Communications224
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
Sixth TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
CD201Certification Preparation for the Medical Assistant221
MA203Medical Assistant Internship11330
125.5 Credits1,853 Clock Hours
Medical Assistant

Bright Outlook Occupation

Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants are trained professionals that handle both administrative tasks and patient care tasks under the direction of a physician. They perform duties such as gathering and recording patient and insurance information, preparing exam rooms, and providing direct patient care such as drawing blood, administering medications, and measuring vital signs.

See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation

The Outlook for Medical Assisting Jobs and Careers

The Medical Assistant ASB degree program at South Hills is designed to get you ready for entry-level healthcare jobs, like:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Electrocardiography Technician
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Emergency Department Technician

The demand for healthcare in the United States is growing every day, and with much of our population aging, the need for skilled medical professionals is expected to expand rapidly. Medical assistants are one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting employment to rise by 18% and over 130,000 new jobs. In fact, the BLS estimates there will be 104,400 openings for medical assistants each year. Certified job candidates with quality training from an accredited ASB degree program will be well positioned to take advantage of this in-demand career.

Careers in Medical Assistant

Our MA graduates work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Other opportunities include:

  • Electrocardiography Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Emergency Department Technician

Our students are placed in outstanding internship environments where they have the opportunity to put their classroom experience to work in the real world prior to graduation. We have placed interns at locations including but not limited to:

South Hills Medical Assistant graduates are well-trained and in demand for their skillsets and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates including but not limited to:

Meet the Faculty

Jessica Ritter

Program Coordinator
State College Main Campus

Bobbi Brumbaugh

Program Coordinator / Instructor
Altoona Campus

Bobbi's Biography

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
Amy Reighard Administrator Allegheny Regional Endoscopy
Carrie Maceno Clinical Director Blair Gastroenterology Associates
Kaitlynn Johnson Medical Assistant II Hillman Cancer Center
Marianne Beyer Senior Practice Manager Hillman Cancer Center
Kim Corle RN Supervisor UPMC Altoona Trauma
Alli Psaki Fishel Administrative Coordinator Home Nursing Agency
Mary Thayer Practice Manager Cardiology Associates of Altoona
Loeghan Pitts Neurology CMA Blair Medical Associates
Rosemarie Fox Practice Manager Reinhardt Family Practice
Lydia Garner CMA UPMC Hospital
Alyssa Robison, NCMA Patient Care Manager Blair Gastroenterology Associates

Get Started on Your Medical Assistant Career at South Hills

If you’ve been considering a move to the healthcare field, now is a good time to reach out to South Hills School of Business & Technology. Contact us today to learn more about our Associate of Specialized Business degree in Medical Assistant, and we can walk you through everything South Hills has to offer.

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