• Medical Assistant Curriculum


  • Restricted Entry, Less than One-Year Certificate

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    A medical assistant is an allied health professional that supports the services and care provided to patients in a variety of healthcare settings. They perform routine clinical and administrative tasks under the direct supervision of a physician or health care professionals. They are an important part of the healthcare team, they are directly involved with patient care, education, and diagnostic procedure as well as the functional operations of the clinic. The medical assistant program will provide the student with a complex body of knowledge, specialized skills and practical experiences that is needed by a medical assistant to meet the standards for entry into the profession.

    Upon completion of the program requirements the students earn a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to apply for and take the National Certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, the student should be able to:

    • Perform administrative office duties in an ambulatory healthcare setting  
    • Perform technical clinical skills accurately while providing services and care for patients in the medical office environment
    • Recognize and problem solve situations related to the medical office environment
    • Communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and co-workers
    • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of medical terminology and mathematical calculations related to the healthcare environment
    • Perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patients, self and others
    • Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social and ethical responsibilities within the healthcare environment
    • Successfully complete the National Certification exam

    Application Requirements:

    This is a restricted entry program, all prospective students must satisfactorily meet the admission criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Specific requirements, information session dates, and the application packet are available at the MHCC Web page at www.mhcc.edu/LRAdmissions.

    All admitted students must pass a criminal background check and submit all required immunizations prior to entering the program. At the time of starting the programs the students must pass a drug screen as directed by the program.  

    Financial aid approval by the Department of Education is pending

    Application Requirements Pre-program Courses

    Courses noted with an asterisk (*) must be completed prior to application, the remainder will need to be completed before beginning the Medical Assistant program. The following list of courses is intended for students taking their preparatory courses at MHCC.

    Note: All pre-program requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

    The following list of courses need to be completed prior to
    BI100 - Survey of the Body System * 4 credits
    CIS120L - Computer Concepts Lab I3 1 credits
    MTH060 - Beginning Algebra I1 * 4 credits
    PSY101 - Psychology of Human Relations 3 credits
    WR115 - Introduction to College Writing * 4 credits
    RD090 - Effective Reading and Learning Strategies2 * 5 credits

    1A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    2Students must take RD090 or place into RD115 on the College Placement Test (CPT)
    3Applicants who have not completed CIS120L may take a challenge exam to fulfill this requirement. Please note, the challenge credit will be recorded as an “S” (satisfactory) grade and will not be included in the GPA calculation. For more information regarding the challenge exam process, please go to www.mhcc.edu/regforms/.


    First Quarter (Spring 2018)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MA110 Fundamentals for the Medical Office 3
    MA110L Fundamentals for the Medical Office Lab 1
    MA111 Interpersonal Communication in the Ambulatory Healthcare 3
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation 3
    MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance 3
    13
    Second Quarter (Summer 2018)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 3
    MA210 Fundamentals for the Medical Office Clinical Procedures 6
    MA210L Fundamentals for the Medical Office Clinical Procedures Lab 3
    MA213 Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant 2
    14
    Third Quarter (Fall 2018)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MA214 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 9
    MA215 Review for Medical Assistant Certification Exam 1
    10
    Total Credits: 43

    All courses listed in the curriculum must be competed with a “C” or better must be taken in the prescribed sequence stated above.