Health Science Medical Assisting Pathway, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a Health Science concentration is a career path for persons who have completed one of the following certificate programs: Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, or Vocational Nursing.

The 60 semester credit hour degree is designed for health science professionals in these areas to meet continuing education goals, transfer into four-year university health care administration or allied health programs, and to attain possible promotion from entry-level to advanced-level clinical positions.

Career Outlook Vocational Nursing

The US Department of Labor is reporting a sharp increase for these jobs, with specific increases in large cities and metropolitan areas.

Graduates can work in:

  • Hospitals,
  • Out-patient facilities, and
  • Nursing homes.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: $48,224 per year,  1

Career Outlook Medical Assisting

A Medical Assisting Certificate of Technology prepares students for careers in the offices of:

  • Physicians,
  • Podiatrists,
  • Chiropractors,
  • Ophthalmologists, and
  • Other health practitioners.

Medical Assistant: $34,218 per year,  1

Career Outlook Pharmacy Technician

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by over 21 percent from 2016 - 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will be due to the expansion of retail pharmacies, the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the increasing roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians.

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program are able to work as technicians in:

  • Hospitals,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Retail,
  • Home health care, and
  • Public and government health agencies.

Pharmacy Technician: $35,865 per year1

For more information, students may contact Central campus, 281-476-1817; North campus, 281-459-7618; and South campus, 281-922-3466.

Campuses

Central Campus
North Campus

South Campus

Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a Health Science concentration is a career path for persons who have completed the following certificate programs: Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, or Vocational Nursing. The 60 semester credit hour degrees for these programs are designed for health science professionals to meet education goals, to transfer into four-year university health care administration or health care service programs, and to attain possible promotion from entry-level to more advanced level office positions.

Plan of Study

All Campuses
3HSC-MDAST

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance 3
 Credits16
Second Term
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications 4
MDCA 1310 Medical Assistant Interpersonal and Communication Skills 3
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
 Credits16
Summer Year One Term
MDCA 1254 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 2
MDCA 1560 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 5
 Credits7
Third Term
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
 Credits12
Fourth Term
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits60

To be eligible for this degree, the student must have completed the Medical Assisting certificate program.