Medical Assisting

Medical assisting students with a manikin

Become a part of the healthcare team as a medical assistant. This one-year certificate is built to meet national accreditation standards and prepares students to perform administrative and clinical duties. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and processing insurance claims. 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. 

Medical assistants are in demand in a variety of work environments. Graduates are prepared to work at a doctor’s office, urgent care, hospital, or long-term care facility. Your skills and experience will prepare you to pursue a health-related associate degree such as health information technology, radiologic technology or nursing.

A complete list of classes for this certificate

Gainful Employment information for this certificate

The Program cost

Information sessions (group advising sessions)

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday, July 18 10-11 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 $6,400 (books not included). View the detailed cost sheet.

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).

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