Medical Assisting


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.


  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 91.67% for the 2021 admission cohort and Retention Rate of 80.95 % for the 2021 graduates.

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.


The Medical Assisting Certificate Program offered at the Airport Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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

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 Admissions Criteria
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications at the time of program entry.
  • Program interview.
  • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results at the time of program entry.

Occupational Risks

Medical Assisting is a profession with many rewards, as practitioners can perform both administrative and clinical services, filling several roles in a variety of healthcare environments.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly outlines that it is a growth field, with an anticipated 18% growth from 2020 to 2030. Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patients, with the goal of providing healthcare and ensuring patient safety. It is a position with a great deal of responsibility.

As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant, and those hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
  • Chemical and drug exposure
  • Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks
  • Latex allergies
  • Stress

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has protections set up, and these protections are particularly important within a healthcare environment. OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety of both healthcare workers and patients.

As an accredited medical assisting programs, we are required to teach students about the hazards that they face on the job and the protocols that can be put into place to ensure a workplace that prioritizes safety.

How to Enroll

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

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(13 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

AHS-102 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

ID: AHS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

BIO-110 General Anatomy and Physiology

General Anatomy and Physiology

ID: BIO-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a general introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is on the organ systems of the human and their interrelationships.

MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

Semester 2
(10 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.

MED-105 Medical Assisting Office Skills I

Medical Assisting Office Skills I

ID: MED-105

Credit Hours: 5

This course provides a study of receptionist duties, records maintenance, insurance form processing, and office machine use.

MED-141 Medical Office Clinical Skills I

Medical Office Clinical Skills I

ID: MED-141

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides instruction in examination room techniques, vital signs, interviewing, assisting with a physical examination, minor surgery and nutrition.

Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
MED-107 Medical Office Management

Medical Office Management

ID: MED-107

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a study of the principles and practices of banking and accounting procedures, billing methods, and office management.

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.

MED-142 Medical Office Clinical Skills II

Medical Office Clinical Skills II

ID: MED-142

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a continued study in medical assisting clinical skills with emphases on pharmacology, dosage calculation and administration, medical specialties and emergencies.

Semester 4
(8 Credit Hours)
MED-170 Medical Assisting Professional Seminar

Medical Assisting Professional Seminar

ID: MED-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers selected topics applicable to the medical assistant profession and focuses on advancing knowledge while developing specialty skills in leadership and professionalism.

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.

  Total Credit Hours 40
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment


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


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

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.

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