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Health Science A.S/Medical Assisting Option/A.S. Degree

Offered Only at McCann Technical School

Program Advisor: Anna Foss, 413-236-2107

Medical assistants work in a physician’s office or healthcare facility performing both business administrative and clinical medical office skills. Business aspects include correspondence, medical records management, insurance billing, appointment scheduling, and medical transcription. Clinical aspects include preparing the patient for, and assisting with, physical examinations and treatment, assessment of vital signs, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, and routine laboratory procedures including drawing blood, and performing electrocardiography.

The McCann Medical Assisting program, established in 1962, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( upon the recommendation of the American Association of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Tel. 727-210-2350. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Those who pass the examination may use the designation of Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA).

Students already enrolled in the McCann program may begin taking BCC courses concurrent with their medical assisting coursework and then continue either as full- or part-time students to complete required BCC courses for the associate degree. Other students may wish to pursue some or all of the associate degree requirements at BCC before applying to McCann for the medical assisting program. Previous graduates of the McCann program are encouraged to contact BCC for specific advising regarding the courses necessary to qualify for the associate degree.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 43 Credits
AHS 170 Medical Assisting Studies (1) 32
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body 4
BIO 207 Microbiology 4
PSY 204 Human Growth and Development 3


General Education 21 Credits
CHM 150  Essentials of Chemistry 
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 136 Mathematics for the Health Sciences 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
  General Education Elective (see footnote 2) 3


Additional As Shown 
Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 3) 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average 2.000
Current AAMA Certification or Certification Eligibility 

Suggested block for program completion
The actual time needed to complete the program will vary accord­ing to each student's individual needs.

AHS 170   Medical Assisting Studies (see footnote 1)

BIO 150    Introduction to the Human Body PSY 204 Human Growth and Development ENG 101 Composition I

ENG 102   Composition II

CHM 150   Essentials of Chemistry

MAT 136   Mathematics for Health Science

PSY 107    Introduction to Psychology

BIO 207    Microbiology

COM         Communication

                General Education Elective (see footnote 2)


1.   Medical Assisting Studies are only offered at McCann Technical School in North Adams, Massachusetts.

2.   General Education Elective chosen from History or Humanities and Fine Arts.

3.   Fulfilled by successful completion of AHS 170.