Medical Assistant - Certificate

Program Code - CIP Code: MEDA.TCERTB/51.0801
Credits Required: 38
Academic Division: Health Professions

The Medical Assistant Program is committed to providing a student learning environment which inspires life-long learning utilizing a spirit of inquiry to promote excellence in clinical competence, professional accountability, caring, and effective communication skills for a diverse student population. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to challenge either the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), the Register Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, or Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a medical facility. Clinical functions include taking vital signs and patient histories; assisting with exams, treatments, and office surgery; collecting specimens; sterilization procedures; basic first aid; and CPR. Administrative functions include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining and maintaining patient data; completing insurance forms; arranging for hospital admission, billing, and collection; etc. Upon completion of the classroom portion of the program, students complete a 180 hour non-paid clinical experience (externship) in a medical office.

Requirements for admission to the program:                                    

  • This is a selective admission program. Application to the program does not constitute admission. 
  • Reading score of 65 or higher on the Accuplacer.
  • Contact program for application, full requirements and program-specific advising.

Medical Assistant Requirements*

Course Credit Hours
ALHT 0127 Medical Terminology 3
MEDA 0105 Medical Administrative Aspects 4
MEDA 0115 Medical Professional Issues 2
MEDA 0130 Pharmacology Administration 2
MEDA 0150 Emergency Preparedness 1
MEDA 0160 Human Body 3
MEDA 0165 Patient Care 4
MEDA 0175 Advanced Patient Care 4
MEDA 0180 Billing and Coding 3
MEDA 0185 Laboratory Diagnostics 5
MEDA 0190 Pharmacology 3
MEDA 0195 Externship 4
*See course syllabi for Medical Assistant course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for a Medical Assistant Certificate 38
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