What you'll learn
Learn to perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administration duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by a physician.
Here are some of the classes you will take for this program:
Gainful employment information
Medical assisting is a growing field, with the number of jobs expected to increase 15% in Michigan through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants earn an average of $13.72 in Michigan per hour. Click here to see nationwide salary and job outlook information.
This program may be eligible for funding assistance through MichiganWorks! Call (810) 966-3300 for details.
RSVP to (810) 989-5675 or (800) 553-2427, Ext. 5675, option 1. Leave your name, phone number and the session you will be attending. You will not receive a call back. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are encouraged to RSVP.
What is a medical assistant?
assistants are multi-skilled workers who are trained to work in ambulatory care
settings such as physicians’ offices and clinical and group practices.
What does a medical assistant do?
assistants are trained in performing both administrative and clinical
How long does it take to become a
medical assistant at SC4?
assisting program is a one-year certificate program. It is a three semester
schedule starting in the fall and completing the following summer.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of
the program for an in- district (St. Clair County) student is approximately
$4,500 (books not included). See the detailed cost sheet on this webpage.
Can I become a Certified Medical
Assistant after completing the program?
assisting program curriculum is based on the Medical Assisting Education Review
Board (MAERB) core curriculum requirements. This aligns with the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards for
program accreditation. Once the program is accredited, students will be
eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam (CMA) offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants
What does that mean to me?
assisting programs are able to apply for CAAHEP accreditation following completion
of the first cohort. That means that students in the first graduating class
cannot sit for the CMA exam until after the initial accreditation cycle and
approval the following year.
What career paths are
available for a medical assistant?
Depending on your strengths and interests, a medical assistant’s
career path may take multiple tracks. It may include more advanced clinical
skills and knowledge such as the practical nursing program, specialized skill
training such as medical coding and billing or associate degree level in nursing,
radiology technology or health information technology.
How can I learn more about the
medical assisting program at SC4?
get additional information by setting up an appointment with an academic
advisor by calling (810) 989-5520, contacting the allied health office at (810)
989-5666 or attending a group advising sessions (dates listed on this webpage).
Program cost sheet
Medical assisting handbook
Michigan criminal background check