The medical assisting certificate objective is to prepare competent, entry level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program is designed to coordinate classroom and laboratory experience with practical experience in a healthcare facility such as the physician’s office. Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices, clinics and other healthcare settings. They are proficient in a multitude of clinical and administrative tasks and are widely viewed by doctors as vital members of the healthcare delivery team. Students are required to achieve a grade of 2.0 or better for all HIT and MA courses. Academic and medical assisting courses must be completed by the end of the winter semester to be eligible for placement in the Office Practicum offered in the spring. The Office Practicum is an externship that is structured to provide experiences in applying knowledge, in performing administrative and clinical procedures and in developing professional attitudes for interacting with other professionals and consumers in a healthcare facility.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.
“The Medical Assisting Program of Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).” Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination conducted by the certifying board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.
This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete an application.
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00026
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Student Outcomes and Gainful Employment:
Over the last five years (2012-16) eighty-four percent (84%) of Medical Assistant graduates have obtained employment in the medical field.
Ninety-six percent (96%) of the responding surveyed employers (5 year average from 2012-2016) of Schoolcraft College Medical Assistant graduates are highly satisfied with the graduates’ ability to perform their duties and professional behavior.
See Gainful Employment for more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information.
Total Credits: 8
First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 12
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 12
First Year - Spring Session
Total Credits: 3
Program Total: 35 Credits
*Courses open only to students who are officially admitted to the Medical Assisting Program.
Note: Students must begin MA 195 within six months of completing MA 175 & MA 180.
For more information about accreditation please contact:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.