Healthcare and Health Sciences

​Medical Assisting ​Certificate 201​7-1​8

Medical Assisting

​Medical Assisting Certificate

Schoolcraft program code # ​1YC.00026

​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.

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. 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 ( 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 to complete an application.

C​urriculum Guide (PDF)

Download the Curriculum GuideMedical Assisting Certificate

Admission Prerequisites
BIOL 105
Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
HIT 104
Medical Terminology 

Total Credits: 8

First Year - Fall Semester
MA 134  Medical Insurance Coding
MA 140 Medical Office Procedures 3
MA 115  Phlebotomy 3
CIS 120 Software Applications 3

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Winter Semester
MA 175* 
Medical Laboratory Techniques
MA 180* 
Medical Office Clinical Procedures 
MA 155
Medical Insurance Billing
HIT 114 Pharmacology for Health Professionals 2

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Spring Session
MA 195  Office Practicum

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 337​63




Job Outlook

National Median Salaries for Medical Assisting Positions

  • Medical Asst: $29,370
  • Medical Biller/Receptionist: $31,350
  • Phlebotomist: $29,730

Unless otherwise specified, salary data is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, or Career Cruising, an online resource available through our Career Services office ( services). Earnings may vary based on experience, education and location.

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