Medical Assistant Program

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (MA-AAS)

G eneral Education Courses Program Outline:

The Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program prepares students to work as entry-level medical assistants in doctor’s offices, medical imaging laboratories, and hospitals. The program provides students with thorough and practical training in medical and laboratory procedures, as well as general medical knowledge and training in the area of medical office procedures. The general education portion of the program includes coursework in reading, writing, basic math, basic science, psychology, and speech. Emphasis in this portion of the program is placed on enhancing students’ academic and interpersonal skills.

The Medical Assistant Associate Degree program at Eastern International College in Belleville and Jersey City are not programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, but its existence is a further indication that the program meets the standards of the profession, so it could enhance employment opportunities for graduates. The existence of programmatic accreditation can also allow graduates to sit for some credentialing exams upon graduation.

Since the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting is not programmatically accredited, graduates are not eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examinations offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). However, graduates should be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT), the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) certification exam offered by National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), and certification examinations offered by National Health-career Association (NHA) upon graduation. Requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice. Therefore, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these certification exams, or any other certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The program has a total of 60 semester credits, with 20

credits in general education and 40 credits in the program’s major courses. The curriculum outline is below:

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

BIO 101

Anatomy and Physiology I


BIO 102

Anatomy and Physiology II


MAT 103

College Algebra


ENG 101

English Composition


PSY 101

General Psychology


SPC 101

Interpersonal Communications