Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant

The Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant program at Brown College is an ideal choice for caring individuals with strong people skills, who want a career path that's both personally and professionally rewarding.

Our Medical Assistant training is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to assist medical providers in professional healthcare environments — performing basic clinical duties as well as administrative functions.

As part of your training, you'll be required to complete a supervised clinical externship at a medical facility.

Brown's AAS Medical Assistant degree program covers a variety of subjects, including medical practice, medical law and ethics, medical communications, medical records, insurance, patient preparation, and basic laboratory procedures and tests.

Graduates will be expected to:

  • Provide patient care, including preparing patients for exams, obtaining medical histories, providing patient instructions, and more.
  • Perform fundamental clinical procedures, including diagnostic testing, taking vital signs, specimen collection, and more.
  • Engage in professional communications.
  • Perform clerical functions and bookkeeping procedures.
  • Process insurance claims.
  • Adhere to legal concepts.
  • Perform clinical operational functions.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.

Brown College’s Medical Assistant training will provide you with an understanding of Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and basic concepts of Pharmacology, as well as practical coursework:

  • In Clinical Procedures, you'll learn the common clinical procedures of the medical office. Coursework will focus on developing practical skills: preparing patients for examinations, documenting patient histories, assisting with examinations, and more.
  • In Safety in the Healthcare Environment, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to address employee and patient safety concerns in medical settings. Topics covered include first aid training, medical office emergencies, minor surgery instrumentation and set-up, suturing, and more.
  • In Medical Laboratory Procedures, you'll be introduced to essential laboratory assisting skills, with a focus on microbiology and urinalysis. You'll practice techniques used to collect and analyze specimens and samples (including physical, chemical, and microscopic examination) as well as streptococci testing and plating.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Healthcare Computer Applications
  • Medical Terminology - All Body Systems
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Records, Coding, and Reimbursement
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Electrocadiography
  • Pharmacology
  • Hematology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Clinical Review and Externship

Course curriculum is subject to change.

Once you've earned your Associate's in Medical Assisting from Brown College, some of the roles you'll be qualified to pursue might include:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Specialized Medical Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Front Office Administration
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Health Services Manager

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical assistants is expected to increase by 31 percent between 2010 and 2020 — growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

The Medical Assistant program at Brown College Brooklyn Center and Mendota Heights (Brown) are not programmatically accredited. Graduates of the program may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). This credential is a nationally recognized voluntary certification that could enhance employment opportunities. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing this examination are controlled by AMT and not by Brown, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Employers also may be more likely to refrain from employing applicants with a criminal record, personal bankruptcy, or other items that may be disclosed on a personal background or credit check. These are non-exhaustive examples. Specific potential employers, industry groups, jurisdictions, and the latest edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (see are good places to start researching the specific requirements for employment in this field. Brown cannot guarantee that a graduate will be able to obtain a particular certification, permit, or license or secure employment in the field upon graduation or at any time in the future, because Brown does not control those requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate the requirements for certification and employment before starting class to determine whether he/she will be eligible to pursue any particular employment and/or advancement in this field upon graduation.