Medical Assisting

Medical assisting students with a manikin

Become a part of the healthcare team as a professional medical assistant. This one-year certificate is built to meet national accreditation standards and prepares students to perform administrative and clinical treatments. Administrative responsibilities may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records management, and processing insurance claims. Clinical treatments may include vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, venipuncture and administering medications as directed by a licensed physician. 

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

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)


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 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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