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Medical Assisting Program

If you are interested in a career in the healthcare field, there is a growing demand for medical assistants. Working alongside healthcare practitioners, these multi-skilled allied health professionals 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.

The Medical Assisting Certificate at UAS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Degree

Medical Assisting Program

All courses are available online so access to a computer and high speed internet is required. Some courses require performance of competencies in a clinical setting with instructor observation. An internship or practicum at an approved facility is also required.

Medical Assisting Program

Our Student Success advisors are on hand to help you find and apply for available scholarships and grants. Please refer to our Financial Support section for an overview of your options.

Amy Samuel, Program Director 

aksamuelFor specific program questions, please contact Program Director Amy Samuel at (907) 747-7748.

  • 2019 UAS Program Retention Rate: 90%

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

  • 2019 Graduate satisfaction: 100%
Paul Bahna, M.D. - UAS Professor

"Doctors rely on medical assistants to do multiple tasks in the medical office."

Paul Bahna, M.D. - UAS Professor

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