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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

ur Criminal Justice Program provides students with a broad-based, sophisticated understanding of the role of the criminal justice system in American Society. Students acquire the knowledge, values, and skills that will enable them to analyze rationally, the problems of the criminal justice system and the needs of society in a manner in keeping with democratic traditions of law, social well-being, and individual rights.

Students in this program will be exposed to the wide scope of criminal justice as well as a balance presentation of the issues in this field. The structure of the curriculum and the related learning objectives will be consistent with published standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national professional society.

A vital component of the Criminal Justice program is an externship provided to the students in the last semester where they work without remuneration. Students are placed in qualified establishments in their field including Police Departments, Private Security companies, Probation, Social Services and Corrections Departments in the tri-state area. The externship provides the student with an opportunity to practice the theoretical skills learned in course work at ASA.

PROGRAM GOALS

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate should be able to demonstrate ability to:

  • Identify, describe, and explain the current and historical practices, policies, structures, and stages of the criminal justice system at local, state and federal levels in the United States, from the commission of an actual crime through adjudication and corrections.
  • Identify, describe, and apply historical, current and emerging theories and various social and analytic tools to the fields of human behavior, criminology, and corrections; to suggest ways to balance the rights of individual citizens with society’s need for security and safety.
  • Conceptualize, analyze, and discuss crime in general with respect to longitudinal changes in the complex issues of crime, ethics, diversity, policy making, and criminal justice administration.
  • Develop awareness for and facility with the analytic tools of the criminal justice field through practical and hands-on experiences.
  • Obtain employment in careers within the criminal justice and public service systems.

CAREER OUTLOOK

Graduates on ASA College’s Criminal Justice Program have a wide selection of career opportunities and advancements. Upon graduation, students will be qualified to sit the NYPD Academy exam. Graduates may also find employment within the private security sector as security personnel and analysts.

Furthermore, our Criminal Justice prepares students for the next step in their academic aspirations if they chose to study Criminal Justice or Political Science on a Bachelor degree level.

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MEDICAL ASSISTING

ASA College’s Medical Assistant Program is designed for individuals considering a career in healthcare as a medical assistant or within the other disciplines of healthcare services.

The Medical Assistant curriculum provides strong educational foundation for career growth. Students receive primary training in anatomy, physiology, medical emergencies, microbiology, pharmacology, and psychology. Our program focuses on teaching essential medical terminology, patient scheduling, medical billing and coding, clinical assistance, medical law and ethics.

Students also study healthcare administration, which encompasses topics like insurance practices, requirements, regulations and how to ensure proper reimbursement for services. Professors for all clinical courses are licensed medical doctors (MDs).

Graduates of our Medical Assistant Program are trained to be proficient in preparing medical documents, reports and capable of performing duties both the front office and examining room of any healthcare facility.

PROGRAM GOALS

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate should possess the competencies and knowledge required to function successfully as an entry-level medical assistant by demonstrating the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of and commitment to the practice of medical assisting that reflects ethical industry standards and follows the guidelines of program accreditation.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other medical professionals as a healthcare team member.
  • Describe and discuss professional ethics and legal issues as they apply to the medical assisting profession, including knowledge of the Medical Assisting Code of Ethics and HIPAA regulations.
  • Correctly perform clinical and administrative procedures typical to an entry level Medical Assistant.
  • Prepare for one or more industry standard certification exams

CAREER OUTLOOK

Listed as one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Occupations in New York State, the Department of Labor estimated a 31% growth of Certified Medical Assistants between 2010-2030 in response to the rise in demand of trained medical personnel.

A medical assistant is an integral part of the health care team. The clinical responsibilities of a Medical Assistant include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. They may also perform basic procedures on the premises such as: drawing blood, administering injections, and performing electrocardiograms (EKGs) on physician’s behalf.

More so, the medical assistant is often required to manage administrative tasks such as: updating and filing patient records, handling insurance forms and correspondence, scheduling appointments, and assisting with billing and bookkeeping.

Graduates of our Medical Assisting Program are provided a solid educational foundation to make the transition to a Bachelor’s degree program in Allied Health disciplines effortless. As an Institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), credits earned at ASA College may be transferred to any other accredited institution.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – ACCOUNTING

ur Business Administration and Accounting Program integrates conventional accounting courses in a module that includes relevant interdisciplinary subjects. This program is oriented toward preparing students for both administrative and accounting vocations in various sectors of the economy.

ASA’s Associate Degree program in Business Administration – Accounting combines theory with extensive computer applications. Students develop competencies in a variety of software that are critical in the practice of accounting and business management; i.e. Peachtree, QuickBooks, TurboTax and others. The accounting courses are offered in a pattern that proceeds from the simple to complex.

PROGRAM GOALS

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and achievements:

  • Apply key business and management concepts in a real-world context and apply critical-thinking skills to the managerial decision-making process.
  • Employ industry-standard accounting software, tax software, prepare accurate financial statements, report key data, as well as prepare both individual and business tax documents.
  • Use interpretive and analytic skills to identify problems and create reports with respect to commonly used financial statements.
  • Evaluate ethical, social, civic and cultural issues in the context of business and accounting practice.
  • Apply effective team-management and leadership skills in diverse and dynamic workplaces.
  • Apply knowledge of business practices and technical skills that supports and facilitates lifelong professional development.

CAREER OUTLOOK

In the area of accounting, graduates find jobs as staff accountants, junior accountants, payroll managers, bookkeepers, accounting operatives, and loan processors.

Those fulfilling graduation requirements with a major in Retail Management will be able to find jobs as advertising generalist or specialist, promotion operatives, customer service managers, or retail analysts.

Academic preparation in e-commerce qualifies graduates to assume positions in direct marketing, personal selling, brand development, and customer service in business-to-business and business-to customer settings.

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PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY

ASA College’s Pharmacy Technology Program prepares students to support pharmacists in a variety of pharmacy-related duties. It integrates theory and practice, combining classroom lectures in all areas of pharmacy technology with hands-on learning in dedicated pharmacy laboratories and field experience through a comprehensive externship program. Each student will complete 90 experiential hours in both a community and hospital setting for a total of 180 hours.

Successful completion of the program qualifies you to sit the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

PROGRAM GOALS

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate should possess the competencies and knowledge required to function successfully as an entry-level pharmacy technician by demonstrating the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, and medical and pharmacy professionals both verbally and non-verbally.
  • Identify and describe the names, uses, and misuses of a variety of prescription and Over-The-Counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products.
  • Define and describe the symptoms and implications of substance misuse and abuse.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles and standards for the control, release, and use of health information.
  • Successfully pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

CAREER OUTLOOK

Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in community (retail, managed care), institutional (hospital, nursing home) or government (military, VA) pharmacies. Graduates may also pursue careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing and sales along with the health insurance industry.