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Associate in Science Degree Program

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program at Capital provides students with learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic, occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job placement, retention, and advancement. The program plan of study includes general education and career-focused medical assisting courses. It should be noted that individuals currently employed by medical facilities may qualify to register for the more advanced course offerings.

As multi-skilled practitioners, graduates of the program will be eligible for career positions in the fast-growing, in-demand healthcare industry such as medical offices, hospitals, school-based health centers, health insurance companies ,ambulatory and urgent care centers.

The objective of the program is to provide each student the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills in the classroom, the laboratory, and during hands-on experience in the healthcare areas (externship). The mission of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for National Certification Examinations through AAMA and AMT organizations. Successful exam candidates will be awarded the CMA or RMA credentials.

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

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 1361 Park Street. Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Telephone: (727) 210-2350
  • www.caahep.org
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the graduate will:

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the medical assistant
  2. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills
  3. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of administrative functions
  4. Achieve entry-level competency in the performance of clinical functions
  5. Apply legal concepts and ethical considerations to the health care practice
  6. Participate as an active member of the healthcare team
  7. Participate and achieve a passing score on the national certification examination
Course of Study¹
First Semester
Human Biology
Medical Terminology
Introduction to Software Applications
Medical Law & Ethics
Second Semester
General Psychology I
Composition and Literature
Lab Principles for Medical Assisting
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Humanities Elective
(SPA* 101 Recommended)
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Arts Elective
Third Semester
Intermediate Algebra
Lab Principles II
Medical Insurance & Billing
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Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Fourth Semester
Administrative Medical Office Assisting
Principles of Pharmacology
Clinical Medical Assisting
Computerized Medical Practice Management
Upon Completion of the Above Courses
Medical Assisting Externship
Minimum Credits required for the Degree

¹ Click on the Course# for course description,
pre-requisites and additional information.

+These courses must be taken in the 1st semester of the degree program. It should be noted that prerequisites may be waived for qualified candidates currently employed in a medical/administrative facility with the consent of the program coordinator.

** Prerequisites: CPR and First Aid Certification and a minimum grade of "C" in the following courses: MED*112, MED*114, MED*131, MED*141, MED *241, MED *219 and MED *250.

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