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Award: Certificate in Medical Assisting
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Paige O'Neill, 443-412-2738 or, or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Certificate in Medical Assisting at Harford Community College is a career program designed to prepare students for employment as a medical assistant immediately upon completing the course of studies. The program prepares students to work in an administrative and clinical capacity in a variety of medical office and clinical settings. Students learn the knowledge, technical skills and work ethic that are required for an entry level position in medical assisting. The program includes both classroom theory and clinical practice. The student who completes the certificate program has the option of earning the A.A.S. in Medical Assisting by completing the general education courses required by that degree program. Graduates of the program are eligible to test for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Please note that, generally, individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the exam. However, the Certifying Board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB):

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
(727) 210-2350

Administrative duties performed by medical assistants include general medical office procedures, scheduling appointments, medical billing, and coding. Clinical duties include recording medical histories and vital signs, preparing patients for examination and procedures, performing laboratory tests, pharmacology and injection training, and phlebotomy and EKG training.

Upon completion of the program, the student will :
  1. Perform clinical skills within the scope of practice for a medical assistant: phlebotomy, injections, EKG (electrocardiogram), obtaining lab specimens, and vital signs.
  2. Perform executive administrative skills within the scope of practice for a medical assistant including; scheduling, billing and coding.
  3. Possess knowledge of legal implications and ethical considerations in an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  4. Follow the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) Code of Ethics.
  5. Be eligible to take the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) Examination through American Medical Technologists for national certification.
  6. Have completed 160 hours of unpaid externship in an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication skills.
  8. Qualify to secure an entry level employment position as a medical assistant.

 NumberTitle Credits
 AHS 101Medical Terminology and Ethics 3   
 BIO 108Human Body in Health and Disease  #3   
 BIO 116Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory  #1   
 MAS 120Medical Assisting Fundamentals 3   
 MAS 122Clinical Medical Assistant I **3   
 MAS 124Clinical Medical Assistant II **4   
 MAS 126Medical Billing 2   
 MAS 127Medical Coding 3   
 MAS 200Laboratory Procedures for Medical Assistant 3   
 MAS 202Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 3   
 MAS 210Medical Assisting Practicum **/***4   
 OS 100Keyboarding Basics 1   
 OS 135Medical Office Systems 3   
 PSY 101General Psychology 3   
 Total Credits39  

# Biology Requirement choose BIO 108 & BIO 116 OR BIO 203 & BIO 204
** Current Healthcare Provider Level CPR and First Aid certification are required prior to starting this course. PPD status and immunization and health records must be provided prior to orientation to this course.
***Medical Assisting Practicum requires 160 hours of unpaid work experience in a physician's office or clinical setting. All other coursework must be completed prior to taking MAS 210. A criminal background check and drug screen will be required prior to placement at a clinical site


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018; and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Medical Assisting Certificate
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 2 years

Occupations: Medical Assistant
CIP Code: 51.0801
SOC Code: 31-9092.00
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*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $6,339.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $9,870.00
Books and supplies: $1,021.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program is 70.39% (based on a five year aggregate).

* Program graduates are employed in the following fields: Medical Assisting

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