Medical Assistant

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Medical Assistants (MA) are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work as a member of a health care team, performing a broad range of clinical and administrative tasks under the supervision of a physician and advanced practice providers. This profession is the only allied health professional specifically trained to work in ambulatory health settings. The Medical Assistant performs delegated clinical and administrative duties within the supervising provider's scope of practice that is consistent with medical assisting education, training and experience. The Medical Assistant is also a liaison between the doctor and the patient, which makes them a valuable part of the medical practice.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a recommended overall grade point average of 2.0 or better; or a GED certificate.
  • Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, English Composition, and College Math requirements must be completed before an application can be submitted; all prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the program.
  • Satisfactory score on the preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Two satisfactory Professional or Academic Reference Forms. Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet-based).
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens by birth must provide immigration or citizenship documentation.
  • Essay
  • Satisfactory interview (for applicants meeting above requirements).

Admission is on a competitive basis. Riverside School of Health Careers reserves the right to select those applicants who are deemed best qualified for both the program of study and potential employment by Riverside Health System.

Prerequisites (all courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above)

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 4 credits **
  • English Composition - 3 credits **
  • College Math (100-level or higher) - 3 credits **
  • General, Introductory, or Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology - 2 credits

**Must be completed prior to application submission.
All prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the program.

How to apply
Download, complete, and submit the following application package:
(In order to view these files, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free from the Adobe website)

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Institutional Certification: Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.

Institutional Accreditation: ABHES Accredited

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