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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:

Amy Samuel

Amy K. Samuel, AHI (AMT), CMA (AAMA), M.P.A., M.Ed.

Associate Professor and Program Director

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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.

Occupational risks and additional safety & health information for healthcare workers.

UAS Medical Assisting


The UAS Medical Assisting program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis depending on the student's goals and needs. 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.

Program Goals

The major goal of the Medical Assisting program is:

  • To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Additional goals for our graduates are to:

  • Safely and effectively perform a variety of clinical and administrative skills as an entry level medical assistant.
  • Display professional behaviors in the workplace and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing within a work environment.
  • Follow standards, policies and procedures of the physician’s office within the medical assistant scope of practice displaying knowledge of and demonstrating ethical and legal behaviors.


The five-year average for the exam passage rate for the years 2018-2022 is 100%.

  • 2022 Credentialing Exam Passage Rate: 100% 
  • 2021 Credentialing Exam Passage Rate: 100%
  • 2020 Credentialing Exam Passage Rate: 100%
  • 2019 Credentialing Exam Passage Rate: 100%
  • 2018 Credentialing Exam Passage Rate: 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.