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Medical Assistant

Combine people skills with science and medicine.

If you can combine personal, medical, and scientific skills, this might be the job for you. We can provide the classroom and clinical experience for this fast-moving, challenging career.


What is a medical assistant?

A key member of a health care team who works in the administrative office, examining room, and laboratory. You are a vital liaison between doctor and patient and play an important role in diagnosis and treatment.

What would I do on the job?

Schedule and monitor appointments, arrange hospital and outpatient admissions, manage medical records, process insurance claims, and manage office financial records. What medical and technical tasks would I perform? In the clinical area, you:

  • prepare patients for exams, procedures, and treatments.
  • assist with physical examinations.
  • record medical histories.
  • take vital signs.
  • chart patient information.
  • administer medications and injections.
  • perform electrocardiograms.
  • assist with minor office surgeries.
  • perform venipuncture.
  • collect and prepare specimens.
  • perform basic laboratory tests.
  • perform some radiography after receiving additional education.

Where could I work?

Doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care expands, the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations.

How much will I earn?

Check to research the salaries for Medical Assistants.

What will I study?

You will study anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and administrative procedures. See the Academic Plan for more information.

Academic Plans

  • Degree 2016-17 (PDF  XLS)
  • Degree 2013-14 (PDF  XLS)
  • Degree 2012-13 (PDF  XLS)
  • Certificate 2013-14 (PDF  XLS
  • Certificate 2012-13 (PDF  XLS)
  • Brochure 2016 (PDF)

What credentials can I get?

You can earn a degree in medical assisting. You’ll be prepared to take the certification exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants. We offer the following certificates:

The Medical Assisting Program at Henderson Community College, AAS degree, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Employment of Graduates

  • The Medical Assisting program at Henderson Community College has a job placement rate average of 87.5% over the past five years.
  • The Medical Assisting program at Henderson Community College has a 97% five-year average for employer satisfaction of its graduates.

Phlebotomy Certificate

A phlebotomy certificate may be obtained either through the Medical Laboratory Technician program, the Medical Assisting program, or independently. This certificate provides a student with the basic skills and practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. The certificate can be obtained through completion of MLT 101, PHB 151, and PHB 152 for those interested in MLT or a student can take MAI 120 and PHB 152 if interested in the Medical Assisting program. A student can also obtain a certificate by completing PHB 170 and PHB 152. With any of these plans, the phlebotomy certificate can be earned in one semester. Job opportunities are available in hospitals, doctors' office laboratories and private medical labs.

For more information contact:

woman in white lab coat sitting at desk  Randa Hawa
Program Coordinator
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 103