National American University's Associate of Applied Science Medical Assisting degree program offered at NAU's Independence school utilizes a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions, as well as a practicum following completion of required coursework, in order to prepare you for entry-level positions in ambulatory healthcare settings. Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
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The Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science program offered through our Independence campus responds to the needs and expectations of the ever-changing healthcare environment including physicians, the public, employers, graduates, students, faculty, and nationally accepted standards of roles and functions. Through a student-centered competency-based curriculum, NAU utilizes cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains to prepare students for a career within the scope of specific training and state law.
- Medical Law & Ethics
- Medical Record Management
- Laboratory Techniques I
- Laboratory Techniques II
Students in some programs may be required to take online classes and attend classes at different locations.
Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA) after the completion of your associate degree
The medical assisting programs offered at Albuquerque, Austin, Bellevue, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Colorado Springs, Georgetown, Independence, Rochester, Roseville, Sioux Falls, Tulsa, Wichita, and Zona Rosa are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs can be contacted at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.
Graduate and Employer Satisfaction
The following table presents the weighted average of responses submitted by graduates of the medical assisting program and employers of graduates who participated in annual satisfaction surveys conducted during the following years:
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The foregoing information is provided in accordance with MAERB Policy 210.
"Being able to work with different departments and see how you all come together to make each and every one of us successful is one of the reasons that brings me back to work every day. The supporting and caring environment is not only provided for students but also for faculty and staff!"
Latisha Kieso – Financial Aid Advisor (staff)
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About Independence National American University’s Independence campus is conveniently located on the busy east side of the Kansas City Metro area. The Independence campus has been serving students in the western Missouri area since 1990, and has long been considered one of NAU’s flagship campus locations. It is one of four NAU campuses in the Kansas City metro area. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Independence campus offers excellent degree programs in occupational therapy assistant, medical assisting, healthcare coding, paralegal studies, and healthcare management. The Independence campus is easily accessible from Interstate 70 and Highway 291 just north of the Independence Center. The area is a restaurant and shopping destination due to its proximity to downtown and all suburban areas.