Overview

Graduates will be able to perform a wide range of medical assisting duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and emergency medical centers after completing this academic certificate. You’ll gain clinical experiences through externships in a variety of outpatient settings.

Medical assistants perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, and emergency medical centers. Clerical duties include screening and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, typing and transcribing medical reports, handling telephone calls and correspondence, entering data, filing insurance claims, and maintaining patient accounts. Clinical duties include preparing patients for examinations, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine office laboratory procedures (urinalysis, phlebotomy, CBC, specimen collection and shipment), performing electrocardiograms, and instructing patients for advanced procedures. Required clinical experience (externship) is provided in a variety of outpatient settings including physician offices, clinics, and emergency medical centers during the third semester of the program.

Third-semester students should plan to take a medical assisting certification examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates will receive the Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant, RMA (AMT) credentials.

Learning experiences for students in the Medical Assisting Certificate Program are provided in classrooms and laboratories on the Airport Campus in Lexington Hall. Student preclinical experience is provided in a simulated medical office adjacent to the classroom. Required clinical experiences externships are arranged through affiliations with local medical offices and other healthcare facilities.

Goals:

  1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. To provide students with a career that is easily articulated with other established health care careers, i.e., phlebotomy, nursing, paramedic, radiology, etc.
  3. To prepare graduates to pass the national exam for Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) or Registered Medical Assistants (AMT) demonstrating entry-level knowledge of medical assisting.

The Medical Assisting Program at Midlands Technical College has a Job Placement Rate average of 100% and Exam Pass Rate of 100%. Click here to review reporting years.

Students who are admitted to the Medical Assisting program are required to purchase and maintain standard white laboratory coats at an approximate cost of $25. Students must maintain at least a “C” in all Medical Assisting courses. Students may repeat no more than two program courses. All classes are at Airport Campus and admitted only during the fall semester.

Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program offered at the Airport Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727.210.2350
caahep.org

Admission Criteria

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences Department, there are other specific admission criteria to the Medical Assisting program.​​

Education Level

High school diploma or equivalent (High school or college credits in science (recommended).

Acceptable interview eligibility criteria
  • TEAS V (September 2014-present): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
  • HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or​
  • HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 46 composite percent (minimum reading 46 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • SAT 950 (minimum critical reading 470) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
  • ACT 18 (minimum verbal 17) and MTC writing sample score of 30; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; and keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; or
  • Associate degree or higher; keyboarding skills of 25 wpm; math placement into MAT 101.
  • The keyboarding test is available through the MTC Assessment Center. To be utilized for eligibility in lieu of a current math placement test, math courses must adhere to the timeframe for the Health Science courses (See the general Health Science section of the catalog). A COMPASS reading score of 88 or an ASSET reading score of 45 would equate to reading placement at the RDG 101 completion level.
Acceptable Admissions Criteria
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications at the time of program entry.
  • Program interview.
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite coursework for AOT 105, CPT 101/CPT 170, MAT 101.
  • ​AOT 105 or a keyboarding test score of 25 wpm is a prerequisite for MED 104.
  • MAT 101 is a pre-requisite for MED 112.
  • CPT 101/CPT 170 is a pre-requisite for MED 124.
  • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results at the time of program entry.​

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
MED-103 Medical Assisting Introduction

Medical Assisting Introduction

ID: MED-103

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the profession of medical assisting, including qualifications, duties, and the role of the medical assistant. It also covers law and ethics as they relate to the medical office, with emphasis on the medical assisting profession.

3
MED-104 Medical Assisting Administrative Procedu

Medical Assisting Administrative Procedu

ID: MED-104

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a study of receptionist duties, patient record management, insurance claims processing, icd-9-cm, CPT and HCPCS coding, letter writing, computer applications and the use of other business machines.

4
MED-112 Medical Assisting Pharmacology

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

ID: MED-112

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a study of principles of pharmacology, drug therapy, and the administration of medication.

2
Semester 2
(10 Credit Hours)
MED-109 Medical Business Records

Medical Business Records

ID: MED-109

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of record keeping procedures utilized in physicians' offices and other clinical facilities.

3
MED-114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

ID: MED-114

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers examination room techniques, including vital signs, specialty examination, minor surgical techniques and emergency procedures.

4
MED-124 Medical Computer Practicum

Medical Computer Practicum

ID: MED-124

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the use of medical software for accounting, billing, and patient records.

3
Semester 3
(8 Credit Hours)
MED-113 Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques

Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques

ID: MED-113

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of specimen collection and techniques for related laboratory procedures routinely performed in medical offices and clinics; including hematology and procedures related to body fluids.

3
MED-117 Clinical Practice I

Clinical Practice I

ID: MED-117

Credit Hours: 5

This course provides practical application of administrative and clinical skills in medical facility environments.

5
      Total Credit Hours 27
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$5,076.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
MED-103 Medical Assisting Introduction

Medical Assisting Introduction

ID: MED-103

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the profession of medical assisting, including qualifications, duties, and the role of the medical assistant. It also covers law and ethics as they relate to the medical office, with emphasis on the medical assisting profession.

3
MED-104 Medical Assisting Administrative Procedu

Medical Assisting Administrative Procedu

ID: MED-104

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a study of receptionist duties, patient record management, insurance claims processing, icd-9-cm, CPT and HCPCS coding, letter writing, computer applications and the use of other business machines.

4
Semester 2
(2 Credit Hours)
MED-112 Medical Assisting Pharmacology

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

ID: MED-112

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a study of principles of pharmacology, drug therapy, and the administration of medication.

2
Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
MED-109 Medical Business Records

Medical Business Records

ID: MED-109

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of record keeping procedures utilized in physicians' offices and other clinical facilities.

3
MED-114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

ID: MED-114

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers examination room techniques, including vital signs, specialty examination, minor surgical techniques and emergency procedures.

4
Semester 4
(3 Credit Hours)
MED-124 Medical Computer Practicum

Medical Computer Practicum

ID: MED-124

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the use of medical software for accounting, billing, and patient records.

3
Semester 5
(8 Credit Hours)
MED-113 Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques

Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques

ID: MED-113

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of specimen collection and techniques for related laboratory procedures routinely performed in medical offices and clinics; including hematology and procedures related to body fluids.

3
MED-117 Clinical Practice I

Clinical Practice I

ID: MED-117

Credit Hours: 5

This course provides practical application of administrative and clinical skills in medical facility environments.

5
      Total Credit Hours 27
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$5,076.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Certified Medical Assistant

Certified medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks. Examples include answering phones, completing paperwork, scheduling appointments, and processing health insurance claims. They also take a patient's vital signs prior to treatment, take a patient history, update medication records, prepare patients for treatment, and assist the physician in any procedures.

Projected Job Growth

+22.2%

Average Annual Salary

$30,833

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Private Practices
  • Orthopedic Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers

What’s next after I complete this program?

Continue education for a health science degree in another area

This certificate can be combined with another Health Sciences Certificate to work toward an Associate Degree.