The Piedmont Community College Associate Degree Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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 727/210- 2350.

PCC’s Medical Assisting program is CAAHEP accredited and has a 100% retention rate for the 2018 admission cohort and an 83.3% job placement rate for the 2018 graduates.

Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting Programs may be eligible to sit for their Medical Assistant certification exam. Students will take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Assistant certification exam in their last semester and be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) Medical Assisting Certification Exam.

Courses

COURSES

Required Courses for Program
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
BIO 163 Basic A&P
CIS 110 Basic Computers
COM 120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
HSC 120 CPR & Emergency Medicine
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
MED 110 Orientation to Med Assist
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics
MED 121 Medical Terminology I
MED 122 Medical Terminology II
MED 130 Admin. Office Procedures I
MED 131 Admin. Office Procedures II
MED 140 Examining Room Procedures I
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I
MED 260 MED Clinical Externship
MED 264 MED Assisting Overview
MED 272 Drug Therapy
MED 276 Patient Education
OST 148 Medical Insurance & Billing
OST 280 Electronic Health Records
PSY 150 General Psychology
Total Semester Hours Required for Degree – 66

Outlook for Employment

Employment opportunities include any outpatient setting, such as physicians’ offices, clinics health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

Process for Admissions

  • Submit a complete Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit official transcript(s) of high school education and all post-high school course work to the Office of Admissions if requested. Office GED scores or transcript of courses for the Adult High School Diploma may be submitted in lieu of the high school transcript.
  • Complete the Admission Placement Test.
  • Diploma and certificate admission requirements may vary. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

Suggested Course Sequence - Full Time Student

Course# Course Name CL. LB. CLIN. CR.
FALL SEMESTER
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 0 2 0 1
BIO 163 Basic A&P 4 2 0 5
CIS 110 Basic Computers 2 2 0 3
MED 110 Orientation to Med Assist 1 0 0 1
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics 2 0 0 2
9 6 0 12
SPRING SEMESTER
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3 0 0 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3 0 0 3
MED 130 Admin. Office Procedures I 1 2 0 2
MED 131 Admin. Office Procedures II 1 2 0 2
MED 140 Examining Room Procedures I 3 4 0 5
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
13 10 0 18
SUMMER SEMESTER
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
6 0 0 6
FALL SEMESTER
COM 120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3 0 0 3
or COM 231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
HSC 120 CPR 0 2 0 1
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I 3 4 0 5
OST 148 Medical Insurance & Billing 3 0 0 3
OST 280 Electronic Health Records 2 2 0 3
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3 0 0 3
14 8 0 18
SPRING SEMESTER
MED 260 MED Clinical Externship 0 0 15 5
MED 264 MED Assisting Overview 2 0 0 2
MED 276 Patient Education 1 2 0 2
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
6 2 15 12
48 26 15 66
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS
REQUIRED FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE: 66