Degrees and Programs

  • Medical Assisting


    Medical Assisting

    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.   

    Classes you'll take

    Here are some of the classes you will take for this program:

    • Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Care Professional
    • Medical terminology
    • Pharmacology for Allied Health

    Gainful employment information

    What you'll earn

    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.



  •   Talk to an SC4 advisor for more
      (810) 989-5520.

  • Get started as a Medical Assistant

    • Medical assisting information sessions (Group advising sessions)

       Medical assisting information sessions

      Tuesday, May 169-10 a.m.105 NB
      Tuesday, July 1810-11 a.m.105 NB

      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.

    • Frequently asked questions
    • What is a medical assistant?

      Medical 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?

      Medical assistants are trained in performing both administrative and clinical procedures.

      How long does it take to become a medical assistant at SC4?

      The medical 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?

      The medical 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 (AAMA).

      What does that mean to me?

      New medical 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?

      Students can 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

    • Program cost sheet 

    • Handbook and resources
    • Medical assisting handbook

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