Medical Assisting

CAAHEP LogoBecome an important part of a 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 with a 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).

Suggested course sequence for the Medical Assisting Certificate from the SC4 catalog.

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

The Program cost

Information sessions
(group advising sessions)

Date Time Location
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5 to 6 p.m. ATC Room 119
Thursday, April 18, 2019 12 to 1 p.m. ATC Room 119
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12 to 1 p.m. ATC Room 119
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 3 to 4 p.m. ATC Room 119
Monday, July 8, 2019 10 to 11 a.m. ATC Room 119
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 3 to 4 p.m. ATC Room 119
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 5 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; check sc4.edu/medical-assisting before coming to campus.

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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