Medical Assisting Certificate

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is designed to prepare graduates who are proficient in all administrative and clinical competencies necessary to perform numerous jobs in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or other health care facilities. The program integrates theory, laboratory simulations and a clinical practicum experience offered during day hours in a variety of community locations. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is offered as a 3 continuous semester day program. Students may opt to take part time day, evening and/or online courses and  complete the program part-time. Regardless  of how the courses are taken, students have three years from the date of initial enrollment in the program in which to complete all certificate requirements. Graduates of the certificate program are highly valued members of the health care delivery team who are qualified to complete the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification examination for Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) and/or the American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification examination for Registered Medical Assistants (RMA).

Career Pathway

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.orgupon 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
www.caahep.org 

Program Mission and Goals

The Medical Assisting Program has a mission consistent with the mission of Montgomery County Community College. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program recognizes that students differ in their needs, aspirations and interests. As a result, the program is organized to assist and prepare students for the level of technical competence required to become highly qualified and successful Medical Assistants. The Program goals and learning outcomes for the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains are consistent with nationally accepted standards of roles and functions and are responsive to the demonstrated needs and expectations of its communities of interest including students, graduates, faculty, employers, physicians and the health care community. The goals and learning outcomes provide the basis for program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Additional Information

Additional Information on advanced placement, student employment, transfer credits and credit for life experience, withdrawals and refunds can be obtained by contacting the Medical Assisting Program Director.

Admissions Guidelines

All applicants who wish to be considered for admission into the Medical Assisting Certificate Program must present credentials in accordance with the following requirements:

1. Submit a completed College application listing Medical Assisting (C.MA.GS) as the major.
2. Submit high school transcript or GED scores.
3. Submit official college transcript(s), if applicable
4. Complete the College placement tests in English, Reading and Mathematics and place above the developmental level in English and Reading and at or above MAT 011 prior to enrolling in Medical Assisting (MAS) courses.
5. Submit a Medical Assisting Petition for Admissions form. The petition can be obtained at the College’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program’s web site

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program accepts students each academic year. Students will work with the program administrator to plan their course sequence. Students have three years from the date of initial enrollment in the program in which to complete all certificate requirements. Due to class size limitations, the College does not guarantee continuous enrollment between non-MAS and MAS courses. Eligibility for readmission and/or transfer to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program is based upon space availability as well as meeting the Admission Guidelines. Upon request, additional information is available from the Medical Assisting program administrator.

Program Requirements

Once accepted into the Medical Assisting Certificate Program, students are required to:

  1. Purchase all required textbooks, manuals, supplemental supplies, uniforms, and liability insurance. Note: no ear gauges, piercings other than the ear lobe, or visible tattoos are permitted while in uniform. 
  2. Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from externship assignments including clinical experiences.
  3. Obtain and maintain current American Heart Association First Aid certification.
  4.  Obtain and maintain CPR certification in American Heart Association: CPR for the Health care Provider.
  5. Have a comprehensive physical examination which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and a urine drug screen, prior to the MAS 112 course.
  6. Submit application for Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal History Background Check. A Child Abuse History will and a Criminal Record may exclude the student from participation in the practicum component of the program.
  7.  Complete a national Medical Assisting certification examination prior to program completion.

Technical standards

Medical Assisting involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of all Medical Assisting interventions and functions.
Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program must exhibit the following characteristics.

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed in the accurate performance of clinical and administrative skills. Students must be able to read instrument scales, charts and graphs, prepare and maintain medical records, read medication orders, assess patient physical condition, and read and document significant findings.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team in order to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as stethoscopes, fire alarms, etc. Additionally, the student must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally in order to elicit information. The students must be able to obtain vital signs, including blood pressure. Students must be able to interact with patients and members of the health care team, specifically interview patients, obtain patient histories, instruct patients with special needs, and use proper telephone technique.
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to carry out clinical and administrative procedures. Manual dexterity is essential in handling of all instrumentation i.e. manipulation of equipment, positioning and assisting patients, responding to emergency situations, and carrying out diagnostic procedures.
  4. Sufficient physical stamina for standing for extended periods of time is required with meeting the health needs of the patient as related to Medical Assisting.
  5. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
  6. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals and the health care team during stressful situations, including the ability to recognize emergency situations and intervene appropriately.

Program Outcomes

The goals of this program are to prepare graduates who will:

  • demonstrate the knowledge base (cognitive), skills (psychomotor), behavior (affective), values, and competencies necessary to function as entry level Medical Assisting practitioners in accordance with nationally accepted standards of roles and functions.
  • value life-long learning, problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal communication as means of achieving personal and professional growth

Curriculum 

First Semester

BIO 103 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
HCP 224 Medical Terminology 3
OFM 101 Business Software Essentials 3
HCP 114 Medical Law and Ethics for Health Care Professionals 3
Total   12

Second Semester

MAS 110 Laboratory Procedures for Medical Assistants (day only) 3
MAS 112 Medical Assisting—Clinical Assisting Procedures (day only) 6
MAS 117 Medical Office Administration 4
MAS 118 Professional Essentials for the Medical Office 3
Total   16

Third Semester

MAS 130 Medical Assisting Practicum (day only) 6
Total   6

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS CREDIT: 34

   

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Montgomery County Community College are highly satisfied with the education that they receive at the College; there is an average graduate satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five years.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Schreiner, Medical Assisting Program Director at 610-718-1812 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Revised: 3/15/16, 07/16/12, 04/26/11, 11/02/10, 7/2/09, 3/26/09, 7/3/06, 6/26/06

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