Program Overview

The Medical Assistant A.A.S. degree offered by Dakota College at Bottineau is a completely online two-year program. Medical assistants work in clinics, urgent care facilities, and other related institutions. These professionals are known as health care’s most flexible specialists because of their ability to perform a variety of clinical duties, administrative duties, provide assistance in patient examinations, and record patient health information.

After successfully completing this degree program, students will qualify to take the national certification exam offered through the American Medical Technologists. There are 61 credit hours students must finish in order to earn this degree. Courses are worth anywhere from one to four credits, depending on the course and the information involved. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in Medical Terminology, Medical Disorders, Clinical Procedures, Clinical Specialties, and Introduction to Pharmacology in order to qualify to enroll in Cooperative Education. Participants are advised to complete Medical Terminology early in their academic career.

Some other courses students will take are Business Math, Introduction to Psychology, Human Structure & Function, First Aid/CPR, Medical Coding – CPT, Office Management, and Principles of Nutrition. Students will participate in class lectures and clinical instruction. A practical experience is also required, which students will complete through an internship in a medical faculty within their area.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    When the state constitution of North Dakota was ratified in 1889 it included a provision for a forestry school to help promote the growth of trees on the prairies. Seven years later the Dakota College at Bottineau opened up as a School of Forestry, using the land around it as a foundation for study in forestry, horticulture, sustainable vegetable production and wildlife.

    While the school is best known for its environmental studies, the two-year public college offers a wide variety of courses outside of forestry. There are Associate of Applied Science programs that provide two-year career and technical degrees in other subjects such as information technology and advertising and marketing, as well Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) transfer programs that lay out the base coursework for a bachelor's degree.

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