Medical Assisting

Students who wish to be admitted to the Medical Assisting Certificate program must complete a college application, indicating Medical Assisting as the major (C.MA). Working with the Medical Assisting program administrator or academic advisor, the students will plan the course sequence.

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is offered in a full-time or part-time format. 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 Medical Technologists (AMT) certification examination for Registered Medical Assistants (RMA) and/or the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and/or the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification examination for Certified Medical Assistants (CMA).

Students will need to complete the College placement asessments in English and Reading and place at or above

  • ESL 011 ESL Basic Writing or ENG 011 Basic Writing or ENG 010A Basic Writing,
  • REA 011 Fundamentals of College Reading or ESL/REA 017 Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Development II

The Course Descriptions for each of the courses in the Program of Study contain information regarding specific course requirements.

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Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Certificate Program are required to:

  1. Complete the College placement tests in English and Reading and  place at or above
    • ESL 011 ESL Basic Writing or ENG 011 Basic Writing or ENG 010A Basic Writing,
    • REA 011 Fundamentals of College Reading orESL/ REA 017 Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Development II
  2. 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. Uniforms must be worn to the MAS 113 Clinical Procedures I, MAS 123 Clinical Procedures II, MAS 121 Laboratory Procedures in the Medical Office and MAS 130 Medical Assisting Practicum courses.
  3. Prior to beginning the MAS 123 Clinical Procedures II course students must:
    • Complete an orientation to the Medical Assisting Program
    • Have a comprehensive physical examination which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and a urine drug screen.
    • 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.
  4. Obtain and maintain required certification(s).
  5. Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from externship assignments including clinical experiences.
  6. Complete a national Medical Assisting certification examination prior to program completion.
  7. Refer to the Medical Assisting page on the College’s web site for information regarding specific course requirements, certification(s) and the course sequence.

Please note: Prior to beginning the MAS 123 Clinical Procedures II course all students open and maintain a CastleBranch account to meet all initial clinical requirements. Information about opening and maintaining a CastleBranch account will be provided to students at the time of orientation.

The majority of the clinical sites are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students to participate in clinical rotations for the fall semester. For the College to send students to these sites, we are required to follow their mandates. If a student is unable to attend clinical due to their vaccine status, they will not be able to meet course and/or program requirements for progression.

Note: The Pennsylvania Older Adults Protective Services Act identifies offenses that make a person ineligible for employment as a Health Care Provider. A Criminal Record check that discloses these offenses, regardless of the date, will prohibit a student from participating in the clinical component of a Health Program at Montgomery County Community College. Refer to the Prohibitive Offenses Contained in Act 169 for descriptions and criminal offenses that make a person ineligible for employment as a Health Care Provider. Questions pertaining to this topic should be addressed with the Medical Assisting Program Director.

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 either 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.

Due to the physical campus closings, temporary measures have been made for student placement assessments. Review the next steps and frequently asked questions.