Quick Info

Next Start
10/28/2019

Program Length
20 MONTHS

Next Start
10/28/2019

Program Length
20 MONTHS

BECOME A VITAL MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL TEAM

The healthcare industry is booming, and it's exciting to enter a field where your career can be both rewarding and in demand!1

Our Medical Assisting program helps prepare you for a professional career in healthcare. Your coursework includes: vital signs, medical billing, medical records, phlebotomy, and more. Plus, your coursework includes an externship where you'll gain real-world experience in a medical environment!

With your Medical Assisting degree, you can put your skills to work at a variety of medical facilities, including doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals.

WE'LL PAY FOR YOUR CERTIFICATIONS

Your coursework will help to prepare you to test for healthcare-related certifications, which add value to your degree. We'll even cover the cost of certification—up to $500!2

residency and externship

For your residency, you'll be flown to our facilities in Salt Lake City for the weekend, with travel, food, and lodging on us. Together with your peers, you'll get hands-on training and experience that prepares you for your externship.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Our Medical Assisting program teaches you the knowledge and skills medical employers are looking for. You will learn how to:

  • Complete patient histories
  • Take and measure vital signs
  • Give patients injections
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Complete general medical office procedures
  • Demonstrate compassionate, professional patient communication skills

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions about IU's online Associate of Occupational Studies in Medical Assisting, you can get all the answers in the program overview.

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

When you earn your Medical Assisting degree online, here’s what you can expect

We get it. Earning a Medical Assisting degree online makes you somewhat nervous. After all, you’ve spent years sitting in a classroom to get your education. Learning online is brand-spanking new to you. Happily, you’ll find earning your Medical Assisting degree online gives you much more flexibility for your busy life. We’ll provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge healthcare employers are searching for. And IU provides the perfect mix of personal support and checkpoints to keep you on task in working toward your Medical Assisting degree.

From the start, YOU receive tools for success

As a new medical assisting student, you’ll receive a new tablet (plus keyboard) complete with your built-in learning materials. Your courses are set up in convenient, four-week modules. During your fourth module, you’ll receive a new laptop to use. Upon graduation, both tablet and laptop are yours to keep!

Here’s how your course structure works, and what you’ll learn

You'll take one or two courses at a time depending upon how the program schedule is laid out. In addition, you’ll have a daily checkpoint each day which you’ll find helps to keep you on track. For example, a checkpoint may be reading an article on high blood pressure, then answering one question.

The learning process itself can be fun and rewarding. You will receive specific training in all areas of medical assisting, including:

  • Preparing instruments and materials
  • How to take vital signs
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication preparation and administration
  • Clinical documentation
  • Assisting the physician with exams and procedures
  • Electronic health records
  • Medical office procedures

Some of the courses you’ll complete (taught in 4-week modules) include: Introduction to Electrocardiography, Office Clinical Procedures, Professional Medical Coding, Insurance, Pharmacology, and several physiology courses, such as Cardiac and Respiratory Systems.

During your online studies, you will have access to free tutoring as well as personal time with instructors should you need it. We are committed to providing the resources you need to succeed so you can feel confident in your abilities as a medical assistant. Next comes your residency and externship.

Toward the end of your studies, we will fly you to Salt Lake City for the weekend—on our dime—for your residency. You’ll receive hands-on training that prepares you for your externship as well as your medical assistant career. You’ll learn how to take vital signs, such as blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and heart rate, as well as how to draw up and administer injections. From venipuncture, butterflies, HCG, POCT tests, diabetes, and simple lab testing to how to talk to providers and patients, it’s all covered that weekend.

Typically, online schools do not provide this level of training for their medical assisting students. At IU, we believe hands-on training is essential in fully preparing you, so you can feel confident in both your administrative and clinical duties. You’ll complete your externship at a local medical facility. Many of our students get hired on permanently at these locations. Others look for opportunities with the help of our Career Services team,* which is available to you for the rest of your life!

Now on to your medical assisting career, Here’s what you can expect…

Once you have completed your program, you are ready to perform the primary duties of a medical assistant in both the front-office (administrative) and back office (clinical functions) of a medical facility. Your skills are needed at clinics, medical offices, surgical centers, and hospitals. A typical day may include any or all of the duties below:

  • Complete patient history and measure vital signs
  • Assist with patient examinations or treatments
  • Give patients injections as directed by the physician
  • Collect routine laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Complete general medical office procedures, including medical records and medical reception
  • Telephone and communications

There you have it. As a nonprofit university, we always put your success first, and our curriculum, courses, and online format are designed to encourage that success. We want to make earning your medical assisting degree a positive experience!