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North Shore Community College

Medical Assisting Department

Program Coordinator

Maryanne Atkinson
Email: matkinso@northshore.edu
Phone: (978) 762-4160


The Medical Assistant Program (Program) is rooted in the historical perspective that medical assistants are specifically educated to assist the physician in the medical office/ambulatory care setting; and that the evolution of medical assisting is intertwined with the history of physicianship. Today, medical assisting is a well-established profession. The modern medical assistant is a multi-skilled person capable of performing administrative and clinical tasks. In keeping with the tradition of the medical assisting profession, the Medical Assisting Program is a comprehensive, outcome based, one-year curriculum designed to guide the participant through a process of professional development and personal growth.

Consistent with the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants, Medical Assisting Education Review Board and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and with an understanding of the importance of multi-skilling, the Program faculty balance theory, practical application and self-assessment in the teaching of the clinical and administrative competencies. Medical assisting knowledge and technical skills are acquired through a wide range of learning domains. Additionally, critical thinking and problem solving are advanced through the learning experience. The Program has as its primary goal to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.








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