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Medical Assistant

Board of Higher Education Approved Certificate Program

Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA offers quality training in Medical Assisting, a nine-month (full-time) Certificate Program.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to become credentialed through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants after passing the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks. Duties vary with type of practice.

Administrative duties include greeting patients, demonstrating effective communication skills in a professional manner, telephone interaction, scheduling appointments, utilizing Electronic Health Records, and Practice Management Software programs.

Clinical duties include obtaining medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations (pediatrics to gerontology), performing EKG’s, sterilization of instruments, collecting and identifying specimens, routine urinalysis, fecal analysis, clinical bacteriology, and phlebotomy. Medical Assistants who work for specialists will have additional duties.

A seven week/245-hour clinical practicum in a Health Maintenance Organization/Health Care Facility is required for graduation.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit an application form to the Admissions Office.
  2. Submit an official high school or equivalent transcript and official college transcripts.
  3. A personal reference letter is required.
  4. Applicants must attend a Medical Assistant Program Information Session, which includes an overview of the Program with the Program Director. To register for a Medical Information Session, view Information Sessions, or call 508-588-9100 x2114
  5.  Complete required college placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Contact the Student Assessment Office at 508-588-9100 x1991 or 1992.

Certificate Requirements

Semester 1
Anatomy & Physiology Terminology I
Medical Law & Ethics
Basic Laboratory Procedures I
Medical Assisting Techniques I
Medical Office Management I
Semester 2
English Composition I
General Psychology
Basic Laboratory Procedures II
Medical Assisting Techniques II
Anatomy & Physiology Terminology II
Clinical Externship
Medical Office Management II

This program awards a Regent-Approved Certificate upon completion of 13 courses and 38 credits.

Additional Information
Download Program Requirements
Program Advisory Committee
Educational Goals for completion of the Medical Assisting Program

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Career Opportunities
Graduates from the Medical Assistant Program at Massasoit Community College are in demand in HMO’s (Health Maintenance Organizations), out-patient facilities, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

The Medical Assisting Program at Massasoit Community College has a retention rate of 92.42%, and a graduate satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five (5) years, based on the most recent annual report form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

Massasoit Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
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