Medical Assisting

Become a part of the healthcare team as a professional medical assistant.

This one-year, nationally accredited certificate program is built to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards and prepare students to perform various clinical and administrative duties in a wide assortment of health care settings.

Below you will find an overview of both clinical and administrative medical assistant job duties (duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law).

Medical assisting students work with a simulation manikin.
Medical assisting students work with a simulation manikin.

Clinical duties (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Obtaining patient medical history.
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients.
  • Examination set-up and prep.
  • Assisting physician and/or health care provider during exams and procedures.
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens.
  • Performing basic laboratory tests.
  • Educating patients about medication and special diets.
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician.
  • Transmitting prescription refills as directed.
  • Phlebotomy procedures (drawing blood).
  • Performing electrocardiograms (EKGs).
  • Removing sutures and changing bandage dressings.

Administrative duties (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Use of office computer applications.
  • Answering telephones and triaging patients.
  • Greeting patients.
  • Updating and filing patient medical records.
  • Use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms.
  • Insurance prior authorizations and referrals.
  • Scheduling appointments.
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services.
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping.

Medical assistants are in demand in a variety of work environments, and our graduates are prepared to work at a doctor office, ambulatory medical center, urgent care facility, hospital or long-term care facility. The knowledge and skills gained throughout this program will also prepare you to further your education and pursue a health-related associate degree in nursing, science, health information technology or radiologic technology. 

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, you will be eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) certification examination to earn your credential and become a certified medical assistant, CMA (AAMA).

This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Gainful Employment information for this certificate.

Information sessions* (group advising sessions)

Wednesday, March 20, 20195 to 6 p.m.ATC Room 119
Thursday, April 18, 201912 to 1 p.m.ATC Room 119
Thursday, May 16, 201912 to 1 p.m.ATC Room 119
Wednesday, June 5, 20193 to 4 p.m.ATC Room 119
Monday, July 8, 201910 to 11 a.m.ATC Room 119
Wednesday, July 17, 20193 to 4 p.m.ATC Room 119
Thursday, Aug. 1, 20195 to 6 p.m.ATC Room 119

Attending a Group Advising Session is your first step toward attaining a medical assisting certificate. 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.

*Dates and times are subject to change.

Frequently asked questions

Medical assistants are multi-skilled workers who are trained to work in ambulatory care settings such as physicians’ offices and clinical and group practices.

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

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.

The cost of the program for an in- district (St. Clair County) student is approximately $6,727 (books not included). View the detailed cost sheet below.

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.

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).

Handbook and resources

Medical Assisting Program

Estimated cost sheet
(Effective Fall, 2018)

Prerequisites |Number of credits | Out of district | In-district
HHS application fee$25$25
Contact hours 6 hour Lib Arts $1,548$852
Lab fees$9$9
Student fee (per semester)$90$90
Fall semester |Number of credits |Out of district |In-district
Contact hours6 MA$1,548$852
Contact hours8 Lib Arts $2,064$1,136
Lab fees$72$72
Student fee$90$90
Uniform, shoes, stethoscope$150$150
Winter semester |Number of credits |Out of district |In-district
Contact hours13 MA$3,354$1,846
Contact hours1 Lib Arts$258$142
Lab fees$179$179
Student fee$90$90
Summer semester |Number of credits | Out of district | In-district
Contact hours7 MA$1,806$994
Lab fees$110$110
Student fee$90$90
Grand Total$11,483*$6,727*

*Books not included

In-district tuition is $142 (includes tuition and technology fee)
Out-of-district tuition is $258 (includes tuition and technology fee)