Medical Assisting Diploma (MA22)

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.

Employment Opportunities

The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's medical offices.  Additionally, other medically related facilities such as hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and health departments may provide suitable employment opportunities.  


Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Readmission to the Medical Assisting Program

Students requesting readmission to the Medical Assisting program after a leave of absence of one year must retake Pharmacology (MAST 1030) and Medical Assisting Skills 1 (MAST 1080).  If a student transfers from another technical college, they must retake Pharmacology (MAST 1030) and Medical Assisting Skills 1 (MAST 1080) to ensure curriculum standards are met.

Medical Assisting Curriculum

The curriculum for the Medical Assisting diploma program is designed for the semester system. Program course admissions begin Fall and Spring semesters. To graduate, Medical Assisting diploma-seeking students must earn a minimum of 53 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 1170 contact hours and generally takes 5 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Basic Skills Courses (9 Credits)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


Occupational Courses (44 Credits)

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


MAST 1010 Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office


MAST 1030Pharmacology in the Medical Office


MAST 1060Medical Office Procedures


MAST 1080Medical Assisting Skills I


MAST 1090Medical Assisting Skills II


MAST 1100Medical Insurance Management


MAST 1110Administrative Practice Management


MAST 1120Human Diseases


MAST 1170Medical Assisting Externship


MAST 1180Medical Assisting Seminar


Program Costs

Tuition: ($100 per credit hour) $5,300

Fees: ($385 per semester hour) $1,925

Books/Supplies: $1,100

Uniform Costs: Approximately $250*

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find your program)

Certification Exam: $125

2-Step TB Test: $40

Hepatitis B Series: $265

Drug Screening: $30

Criminal Background Check: $39-$80

*Uniforms are required beginning with MAST 1080 (Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Clinical Education

Number of Practicum Sites: 20

General Location of the Practicum Sites: Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Jenkins, and Screven Counties

Special Requirements of the Practicum Sites:

  • CPR Certification; First Aid Training;
  • Prior to practicum placement, students must submit documentation of current TB skin testing and all required immunizations, including Hepatitis B. Students who refuse the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that practicum sites may refuse to accept them. Forms will be provided by the instructor.
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screen, 10 panel or higher

Practicum Education Courses

The Medical Assisting practicum provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a medical office job setting. The clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a professional work situation applying technical skills. The practicum requires that the student spend a minimum of 225 hours in a supervised work setting. Students may not receive any compensation from the practicum site for practicum hours. If the student misses more than 10%, he/she will automatically be dropped from the course. Students are evaluated by the practicum site preceptor and the practicum coordinator.

Clinical Assignments

Practicum times may range 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m.-12 noon on Saturdays. Practicum sites are selected by the practicum coordinator. Students are responsible for having reliable transportation to the site.