Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I
ENGL-103: Writing for the New Media

REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-301: Foundations of Mathematics 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-520: Public Health Science 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course from HIST-110, HIST-111, or HIST-112) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. SOCY-101: Sociology 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. PHIL-140: Medical Ethics 3
Subtotal 22

Major Requirements – Biology

Courses Credits
BI-111: Introduction to Human Biology 3
BI-150: Organization and Delivery of Health Care 2
BI-260: Patient Care Coordination 2
BI-340: Assisting in the Medical Office: Clinical Testing Procedures 2
BI-341: Assisting in the Medical Office: Medical Assisting Procedures 2
BI-403: Medical Terminology 2
BI-451: Phlebotomy 1
BI-452: EKG Technology 2
Subtotal 16

Major Requirements – Business

Courses Credits
BU-812: Transcription and Dictation for Business Documents 2
BU-903: Medical Office Procedures 3
BU-907: Word Processing Using Microsoft Word 3
BU-916: Medical Billing and Coding I 3
BU-917: Healthcare Information Management 3
Subtotal 14

Internship Requirements

Courses Credits
BU-600: Business Internships or 3
BI-961: Phlebotomy Practice
HE-110: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Subtotal 3

Electives (choose 5 credits from:)

Courses Credits
BI-510: Pharmacology2
BI-950, BI-951 or BI-952: Field Experience in Medical Assisting 1
BU-801: Typewriting/Keyboarding I1 2
BU-918: Medical Coding and Billing II 3
HE-103: Nutrition and Health 3
SP-211: Speech Communication 3
CH-120: Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
Subtotal 5

Total Credits Required


1 Students who have had previous training in typewriting/keyboarding may replace BU-801 with 2 free elective credits. To be excused from BU-801, the keyboarding/ typewriting course that was taken at another institution must be evaluated and approved by a full-time member of the Office Administration and Technology (Business Department) faculty. In addition, students requesting to be excused from BU-801 must pass an exam which consists of the following:

• The ability to touch type for 3 minutes between 35-40 words per minute with a maximum of 3 errors

• The ability to format business documents (letters, memorandums, manuscripts, tables) using word processing software at a professional level


Students who have had previous training in typewriting/keyboarding may receive 2 credits for BU-801 by passing Credit by Exam which consists of the following:

• The ability to touch type for 3 minutes between 35-40 words per minute with a maximum of 3 errors

• The ability to format business documents (letters, memorandums, manuscripts, tables) using word processing software at a professional level

Those taking Credit by Exam must register and pay for the course. An additional fee is charged for those taking Credit by Exam. Those students who pass Credit by Exam are given credit for BU-801 and receive a grade of P. Those students who do not pass Credit by Exam must complete the BU-801 course in which they have already registered. Students must take Credit by Exam within the first two weeks of the semester.

2 Upon the recommendation from an adviser, students will be advised, but not required, to take Pharmacology as elective credit.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.A.S. in Medical Office Assistant 

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Accurately use basic medical terminology and apply relevant human biological principles to patients’ needs
  2. Execute medical office responsibilities and tasks within ethical and legal boundaries
  3. Practice patient-centered and coordinated care.
  4. Employ state-of-the-art software to complete administrative tasks, including patient medical records management, collections, and insurance processing
  5. Perform the most commonly used clinical testing procedures, such as EKS and phlebotomy

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