Program Overview

You will be trained to become the backbone of a medical office.  Medical Assisting is a rapidly expanding field, with diverse opportunities. You will complete externships, and will be qualified for employment in settings such as urgent care centers, surgi-centers, and a variety of medical offices. Medical Assisting is a unique career path that may be right for you if you are returning to school, beginning a new career or investigating if a field in the medical world is the right decision for your future. Upon completion, you may specialize in an area of medicine, such as ophthalmology, pediatrics, or orthopedics. After working in the field, you may decide to return to school to gain advanced education in a specialized health science or work as an office manager role in a medical office.

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Full Description

The Associate in Science in Medical Assisting and Administration program offers instruction in the skills necessary to become a medical assistant in the expanding and constantly changing healthcare environment. The program trains students in the clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting and equips them with a medical office manager’s skills.

The medical assisting program includes studies in core areas of sciences, office practice skills, and a medical office practice’s managerial skills. Our courses cover core areas like medication administration, including e-prescribing, practice management software, and managing insurance claims.

Upon completing the Medical Assisting and Administration program, graduates can take a national certification exam, preparing them to assume a medical assistant’s responsibilities. Program graduates may work in an individual physician’s office, urgent care, or group practice. Upon gaining experience, students may assume managerial tasks and ultimately function as an office manager of a group medical practice.

We prepare and encourage our associate degree program graduates to continue their education in one of our bachelor’s programs, such as Business Management with a Healthcare Management/ Respiratory Care (MGTH) concentration which prepares them for positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates may also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences, which prepares graduates for career advancement in healthcare, patient advocacy, or graduate studies in occupational therapy, engineering-related fields, sports medicine, architectural design or physical therapy.

Potential Career Opportunities

After completing a Medical Assisting and Administration associate degree program, students can explore a career path in administrative and clinical settings and care facilities. Program graduates can find employment as a:

Medical Transcriptionist

Certified Medical Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistant

Clinical Medical Assistant

Medical Office Manager


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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Medical Assisting and Administration associate degree program’s mission is to introduce students to the anatomy of the human body, common disease states, and skills utilized for assessment and diagnosis used in the medical office setting.

NEIT’s objective is to provide students with quality education and experiential learning in this field, preparing them to become healthcare team members. The medical assistant associate degree program also prepares students for further advancement in managing a group medical practice.

Program Goals

The Medical Assisting and Administration associate degree program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  1. Clinical assessment of patients, including vital signs, height, and weight.
  2. Maintaining and updating patient information electronically.
  3. Ability to assist the diagnostician with specialized exams.
  4. Diagnostic testing procedures, such as blood pressure, EKG, and phlebotomy.
  5. Office administrative skills in handling insurance claims and scheduling.
  6. Scheduling appointments and capturing all relevant data in the system.
  7. Managerial skills to include HR procedures, payroll, and employee scheduling.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this Medical Assisting and Administration associate degree program will be able to:

  1. Master common diagnostic methods used in an outpatient environment.
  2. Demonstrate competency in administrative skills, such as scheduling and billing.
  3. Develop practical knowledge of the managerial aspects of a medical office.

Courses Offered

A Medical Assisting and Administration associate degree program provides students with a holistic understanding of how things work in a typical healthcare setup. From medical terminology and laboratory procedures to clinical procedures and patient intake, the medical assistant associate degree program covers the following courses:

Introduction to healthcare careers, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, clinical duties and care techniques, electronic medical records management, medical office practice and management, pathophysiology, psychology, math for life sciences, human relations, and healthcare communications.

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?

    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.

    Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on an average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.

    In addition, to achieve your associate degree, you will take a total of approximately eight liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your technical schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered on days, evenings, and Saturdays.

    At the beginning of each term, you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The university requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.

    When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day that is a NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make-up for that class. The make-up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.

  2. How large will my classes be?

    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.

  3. How much time will I spend in lab?

    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.

  4. Where do my classes meet?

    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.

  5. I have not earned my high school diploma or GED: can I enroll in an Associate Degree Program?

    A candidate for admission to an associate degree program must have a high school diploma, have earned a recognized equivalency diploma (GED), or meet the federal home school requirements.

  6. How long should it take me to complete my program?

    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.

    To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.

    Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.

    Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.

  7. Is NEIT accredited?

    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

  8. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.

  9. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

    Transfer credits will be considered for admission on the basis of achieving a 3.0 GPA in each of the courses equivalent to EN 200 Workplace Communications (or EN 110 Healthcare Communications), EN 100 Introduction to College Writing, and MA 109 Math for Life Sciences. Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses that are not a part of the technical curriculum.

  10. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?

    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course that includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.

  11. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

  12. What does my program cost?

    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.

    Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.

    If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.

    Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.

  13. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?

    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not guarantee its graduates’ employment or a specific starting salary.

  14. Where will job opportunities exist?

    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.

  15. Will this program prepare me for a certification exam?

    Yes, students can take a national certification exam, as well as certification exams for phlebotomy.

  16. What does the Associate Science Degree in Medical Assisting and Administration prepare me for?

    This program prepares the graduate for work in the medical office. This will include patient care skills, administrative skills, and office management skills. Students are also prepared to work in medical research trials as well.

  17. Are there any additional activities/costs/immunizations/physical exams that I will need for this program?

    Yes, students will need to see their physician and obtain documentation of valid vaccinations and appropriate titers. This cost is not covered by the university. Students are also required to cover the cost of their certification exams. Students will obtain and maintain the scrubs required for the program with a name tag and appropriate footwear.

  18. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

    Yes. For all terms, a grade of a C- (70%) or better is required in every MAA course and BIO lecture course, and a D (60-65) or better in BIO 101 and BIO 121 (lab courses) in order to advance to the next term. A grade point average of 2.00 is required to graduate from the program.

  19. Do I need to have a Criminal Background check?

    The Joint Commission requires all healthcare facilities which they accredit to perform criminal background checks on students. Prior to entering fieldwork, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check. In addition to the criminal background check required by The Joint Commission, some clinical sites may also require a national criminal background check. It will be necessary for students to sign a Consent and Disclaimer permitting NEIT to perform a criminal background check and a Release and Authorization permitting NEIT to disclose the results of the criminal background check to a clinical site where the student is being considered for placement. In the event that a criminal conviction or pending criminal federal, state, or local charge occurs after a criminal background check has been performed, the student must undergo an updated background check. If a background check reveals any criminal convictions, the student may be disqualified from a clinical placement or employment in the field. When a student is declined a placement by a site as a result of a positive background check, another attempt will be made to place a student in a clinical site. Students assume the cost for all background checks.

    NEIT makes no guarantee that once a student is matriculated, the student will be able to attend any fieldwork training setting. This is the student’s responsibility to discover what they must do to manage a positive criminal background investigation.

Technical Standards

 These technical standards set forth by the Health Sciences Department, establish the essential qualifications considered necessary for the students admitted to the program. The student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to separate complex information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships such as differing depths of tissues, organs and cavities.
  • Ability to comprehend basic mathematics principles and count to 200 in English.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks following written and verbal instructions.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, patients, physicians and other medical staff.
  • Ability to read English sufficiently to read college level textbooks, laboratory results, medication labels, package directions and patient charts.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the clinical setting to appropriately identify pertinent patient information and transmit the information, promptly, effectively, efficiently and sensitively to appropriate personnel even when the time span available for communication may be limited.
  • Ability to verbally express, clearly and distinctly to enunciate medical terminology.
  • Ability to express thoughts clearly, both written and in speech.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty, students and medical team in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to make decisions appropriate to the care of patients under stressful and demanding conditions.
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks under stressful and demanding conditions.
  • Ability to adapt in a positive manner to new and changing situations with an open mind and flexibility.
  • Ability to work in an environment which may change rapidly in unpredictable ways, without warning.
  • Ability to think clearly and act quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to stand and perform extensive walking for 1-2 hours at a time with no breaks.
  • Ability to sit for 1-2 hours at a time with no breaks.
  • Sufficient strength to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on both adult and pediatric patients.
  • Sufficient upper body strength great enough to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to lift equipment, push stretchers and beds and move large pieces of equipment.
  • Sufficient strength to assist with positioning patients for and during procedures.
  • Ability to wear and tolerate masks and gloves and other protective equipment including lead aprons.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within reasonable time frames in accordance with accepted protocol.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient manual dexterity and mobility to move stretchers, carts and equipment independently.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of medical and other equipment and instruments.
  • Sufficient fine motor control to manipulate small equipment and instruments.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and carry various items of equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Visual ability, with or without correction, to enable the student to differentiate instruments, human anatomy and changes in the anatomy that occur during a medical procedure including color changes.
    • Acute enough to read small printed labels on medications
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on instruments.
    • Acute enough to handle extremely fine suture material
  • Auditory
    • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken by staff, physicians, and patients in an environment with background noise. Individuals with auditory processing disorder may not have the visual cues needed to assist in processing the spoken word.