• Medical Assistant (535.1)
    Associate of Science


    Also see Medical Assistant (419.1).

    This degree program enables students in the certificate program the opportunity to continue their education and to complete the coursework needed for an associate’s degree. This program prepares students for entry-level positions as a medical assistant in a physician’s office, clinic or other healthcare setting. Medical assistants work with physicians of all specialties performing clinical and administrative duties. They assist with examinations and treatments, perform routine laboratory procedures, maintain medical records, complete insurance forms, arrange for diagnostic procedures, handle correspondence, transcribe notes and perform bookkeeping. Students graduating from this program will demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the profession. The program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains using classroom instruction with laboratory experience. The programs includes a 160-hour, non-paid clinical externship.

    Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Students must be eligible for second-level developmental courses and have 40 words per minute typing proficiency.

    A felony conviction may affect a student’s eligibility to enroll in the clinical externship and a graduate’s ability to take the national examination which is required to practice as a Medical Assistant.

    A student must maintain a 2.0 college-level cumulative GPA to enter and remain in the program.

    Graduates are eligible to apply for the national examination for the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Perform clinical procedures related to patient examinations and assist the physician throughout the exam.
    2. Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to industry standards.
    3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    4. Perform administrative functions related to medical business practices.
    5. Display behavior in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    CIT-100Computer Fundamentals & Applications3
    MDA-104Administrative Office Management 4
    MDA-105Clinical Medical Assisting 15
    MDA-208Medical Financial Management 3
    Total Credits: 18


    Course #Course NameCredits
    MDA-108CMedical Assisting Externship 3
    Total Credits: 3

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BUS-103Principles of Management3
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
    MATMathematics Elective3-4
    Total Credits: 12–13

    Fourth Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-107 Pharmacology3
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    PSY-108Human Growth and Development 3
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
    Total Credits: 12
    Students select ALH-125 or BIO-107
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 62–63
  • Medical Assistant Outcomes

    CCAC Medical Assisting results for the (MAERB) Medical Assisting Education Review Board five year program outcomes:

    Retention 89.19%
    •Graduate Satisfaction 100%
    •Employer Satisfaction 100%

    2016 Annual Report
    MAERB five year program review

  • Limited Enrollment - Health Programs

    This Health program at CCAC is a limited enrollment program. This means that you cannot enroll in Health courses without having formally applied and been accepted into a program. This application is separate from your general CCAC application. Each program has unique admission requirements. For more information on applying to an Allied Health Career Program, please email your program of choice and your US Postal Mailing address to Allied Health Career Programs Admission Information. Applications are not available online.
  • Are you eligible for the Pathway to Success Grant?

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    See if you qualify to receive FREE tuition, books and childcare assistance to start a career in the health professions. The Community College of Allegheny County has received a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance to fund the Health Profession Opportunity: Pathway to Success in Healthcare (PSH) program