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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs at the Grand Rapids W.A. Lettinga Campus and the Lansing Campus ( upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates are prepared in the basics of patient care, basic laboratory practices and medical office procedures. In addition, the graduate will have developed their interpersonal communication skills and acquired a foundation in both psychology and diversity. The graduate is eligible to take the certification exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (CMA) and/or the American Medical Technologist Exam (RMA). (At some locations, options for this program may include selecting an Ophthalmology Assistant Specialty, Phlebotomy Specialty, becoming eligible to write a phlebotomy certification exam or completing a Chiropractic Assistant Specialty.)

Chiropractic Assistant Specialty – Students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam to become a Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant. This certification is sponsored by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and the test is administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NCBE).

*Phlebotomy Specialty – Davenport University requires that phlebotomy students must have documentation that they have met a minimum of 120 hour clinical practicum and have successfully performed at least 100 venipunctures. All students who complete this requirement are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Technologists, Phlebotomy Technician Certification exam.

+These MEDA courses must be completed at Davenport University in order to be eligible to sit for the certification exams.

#A grade of C or better is required for successful completion of both BIOL115 and BIOL116.

**Students who have current CPR/BLS and First Aid certifications or equivalent will receive credit for HLTH100.

To be prepared for success on the national certification exam and entry into the Medical Assisting profession, it is strongly recommended that students meet the most current catalog year requirements.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequences for Medical Assisting, AAS:

Medical Assisting, AAS and printable pdf download

Specialty: Chiropractic Assistant  and printable pdf download

Specialty: Ophthalmology Assistant  and printable pdf download

Specialty: Phlebotomy  and printable pdf download 


Foundations of Excellence(30) cr.
ACES100Achieving Career and Education Success3 cr.
BIOL115#Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I4 cr.
BIOL116#Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease II4 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
HLTH100*Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid1 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
PSYC101Introductory Psychology3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions12 cr.
CISP111Requirements Planning and Development3 cr.
HLTH101MIntroduction to Health Careers(0) cr.
HLTH110Medical Terminology3 cr.
HLTH220*Pharmacology3 cr.
HLTH230Health Care Law and Ethics3 cr.
Major16 cr.
HLTH250Health Care Reimbursement Management 3 cr.
MEDA254+Clinical Patient Care3 cr.
MEDA255+Clinical Laboratory Procedures3 cr.
MEDA259Medical Office Applications3 cr.
MEDA290+Medical Assisting Practicum4 cr.
Choose Open Electives, Chiropractic Assistant Specialty, Ophthalmology Assistant Specialty, or Phlebotomy Specialty:(3-10) cr.
Recommended Open Electives(3) cr.
HINT110Introduction to HIM3 cr.
HINT201Health Information Technology3 cr.
HLTH210Health Care Organizations and Systems3 cr.
HLTH211Health Care Management3 cr.
HLTH320Public Health Perspectives3 cr.
PSYC127Healthy Living3 cr.
PSYC270Dimensions of Aging3 cr.
PSYC303Psychosocial Health Concerns3 cr.
Chiropractic Assistant Specialty [CHAS](6) cr.
MEDA270Chiropractic Assistant3 cr.
MEDA271Chiropractic Assistant Practicum3 cr.
Ophthalmology Assistant Specialty [OPAS](10) cr.
MEDA280Ophthalmology Clinical Practice4 cr.
MEDA282Ophthalmology Practicum3 cr.
Phlebotomy Specialty [PHLS](6) cr.
MEDA261Phlebotomy Laboratory3 cr.
MEDA262Phlebotomy Practicum3 cr.