• Classes

    Anticpated Start Date
    Meeting Times
    Fall 2023 M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm

    Course Info

    15 Months (1300 Clock Hours)

    Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
    (Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm

    This program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

    Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N
    Falls Church, VA 22043
    Phone: 703.917.9503

    Medical Assisting Standards:

    • Possess a standard U.S. high school diploma or GED from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association
    • CASAS (Reading and Math)Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test scores: 244 in Reading, 608 in Language & 241 in Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing) 

    Program Requirements:        

    • Physical examination/immunizations
    • Criminal background check 
    • Random drug screenings

    Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement must submit to a criminal background check and random drug screenings at their own expense.

    If problems arise with the results of either the criminal background check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion. 

    A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical profession. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.

    2021-2022 Curriculum Frameworks

    Program Description
    The Medical Assisting program covers administrative assistance, aseptic techniques, medical terminology, hematology/phlebotomy/lab, anatomy/physiology/pathology, radiology, computer literacy, computerized medical office, clinical assistance, pharmacology, and scheduling.

    This program also includes a fulltime, nonpaid, 200 hour externship in physicians' offices and clinics which allows students to demonstrate their ability to adjust to office situations, their proficiency in both administrative and clinical areas, and their ability to work with others.

    Book and Supply Information  
    For the most current list of books and supplies, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

    Employment/Career Opportunities
    Medical Assistants are employed in many different health care settings, including doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, outpatient facilities, hospitals, dialysis clinics, and urgent care centers. Medical Assistants should not be confused with Physician Assistants who examine, diagnose and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

    Salaries range from $13.02 - $17.04 per hour.
    Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the responsibilities of a Medical Assistant?
    The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled health care professional dedicated to assisting in all aspects of medical practice under the direct supervision of a physician. The Medical Assistant assists with patient care and care management, executes administrative and clinical procedures, and often performs managerial and supervisory functions. Medical Assisting is a demanding and competitive career. The Medical Assistant must be able to handle a fast-paced environment within a doctor’s office, clinic, or health care facility. A Medical Assistant must be able to perform multiple tasks in a demanding environment and directly interact with the public. Competence in the field also requires that the Medical Assistant adheres to ethical and legal standards of professional practice, recognizes and responds to emergencies, and demonstrates professional characteristics.

    What are the job opportunities for a Medical Assistant?
    There is a high demand for competent, trained medical assistants. The U.S. Department of Labor lists Medical Assisting as one of the fastest growing occupations.

    What career advancement exists for a Medical Assistant?
    Medical Assistants often advance to become office managers, making decisions that determine the policies and procedures of the practice. Also, Medical Assisting is an excellent launching pad for people pursuing careers in other health care areas.

    Is there math computation involved in this field?
    Yes, math skills are needed to perform many of the duties of a Medical Assistant.

    Is there much homework in the Medical Assistant program? 
    Students who devote at least 5 to 15 hours a week to home study tend to complete the program with higher grades and a better understanding of theoretical and clinical responsibilities.

    Other than a physician's office, who hires Medical Assistants?
    Medical Assistants are hired by most medical settings that treat outpatients, such as walk-in clinics, occupational health clinics and, occasionally, hospital emergency rooms. With the skills they have, insurance companies hire Medical Assistants for pre-insurance physicals, as well as, clerical positions where medical terminology skills are needed.

    What type of people would enjoy working as Medical Assistants?
    People in the medical assistance field usually possess these attributes: good interpersonal skills, enjoy learning about people,  good listening and communicating skills, enjoy diversity, are energetic, enjoy a fast paced work environment, enjoy helping others, problem solving, critical thinker, empathetic, and a team player.

    Is job placement available upon graduation?
    Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

    Are there physical demands associated with this program?
    Yes, students are required to lift 50 pounds without any restrictions, stand, sit, squat and bend for extended periods of time.  Students must also be able to perform CPR or Basic First Aid skills without restrictions.  

    How can I learn more about this career field?
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    For questions regarding the program please contact:  Tammy.Alva@hcps.net