2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Medical Assisting (AS)
Offered at South University, Savannah; South University, Montgomery; and South University, Columbia.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They are proficient in a multitude of clinical and administrative tasks and are widely viewed by doctors as vital members of the healthcare delivery team.
The medical assisting program is devoted to a competency-based education with emphasis on the students’ mastery of clinical and administrative competencies. These competencies are validated through performance on tests, terminal performance objectives, and a clinical externship. Their training culminates in a required 200-hour, unpaid, supervised practicum at a local medical practice during their last quarter of study.
- Demonstrate the effective utilization of communication and inter-personal relationship skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic math and science skills.
- Identify skills required to develop and maintain professionalism.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical assisting administration procedures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical assisting clinical procedures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology principles.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and its application.
- Demonstrate application of psychology principles.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical law and ethics.