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Medical Assisting

  • S Sitka
  • O Online

Medical Assistants perform both administrative and clinical tasks and are specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics and outpatient care centers.

Program Contacts

In Sitka or Online:

Allen Puckett

Amy K. Samuel, CMA (AAMA), M.Ed.

Associate Professor and Program Director, Medical Assisting

Profile and contact info


Working alongside healthcare practitioners, medical assistants function as a member of healthcare delivery teams, primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics, under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner.

Medical Assistants perform both administrative and clinical procedures. Coursework in the UAS Sitka Medical Assisting Certificate program covers general medical knowledge, including terminology, anatomy, physiology, behavioral science, medical law, and ethics. Administrative skills include medical records management, answering telephones, scheduling and greeting patients, bookkeeping, collections, insurance processing, and familiarity with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Clinical skills include obtaining vital signs, medication preparation and administration, assisting with examinations and minor procedures, phlebotomy (drawing blood), performing basic laboratory tests, pharmacology, and specimen collection.

Completion of this certificate program prepares you for the opportunity to become a vital part of a medical team working together toward patient health and wellness.

UAS Medical Assisting


As much of the course delivery is done via online courses, access to a computer and reliable, high speed internet is required.

Prerequisite and Administrative Procedures Courses

Prerequisite and administrative procedures courses are offered entirely online.

Clinical Procedures

Each clinical procedures class involves six weeks of online work including assignments, homework, videos, and simulations. In addition, each class requires two four-day in-person practice and competency assessment. Clinical lab intensives are scheduled in various communities throughout the state.


In the last semester, students take part in a practicum course involving clinical hours in addition to course work. While not guaranteed, students can request placement in their home community.


  • 2019 UAS Program Retention Rate: 90%
  • 2018 UAS Program Retention Rate 100%
  • 2019 Employer satisfaction: 100%
  • 2019 Graduate satisfaction: 100%

Funding Options

Advisors are on hand to help you find and apply for available scholarships and grants. Please refer to our Financial Aid department for an overview of your options.


CAAHEP LogoThe University of Alaska Southeast's Certificate in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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