The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
Coursework includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding, and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.
Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.
The Associate Degree program in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Program criteria are governed by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). A student must be a graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting program to be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Graduates from the diploma program will be eligible to sit for the certification exam when the program receives certification through CAAHEP.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354
Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (800) 228-2262
Specific Program Requirements:
- General college admission requirements.
- Complete College application for admission
- Complete the Medical Assisting application for the limited/capped program admission
- This program has a limited admission process. See Selective Allied Health Program Criteria on the Selective and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website. www.abtech.edu/selective-limited-programs
- Complete College Placement Test.
- High school units: Algebra and Biology strongly recommended.
- Students applying to the Medical assisting program are encouraged to have successfully completed MED 116.
- Acceptable reports of medical examinations by the first day of second semester.
- Satisfactory completion of required immunizations by the first day of second semester.
- Criminal background checks and drug screenings will be required prior to admissions to clinical sites that mandate the screenings.
- Current Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider certification by the first day of fifth semester.
Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better: CIS, MED