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Medical Assistant

About the Program

Henderson Community College's Medical Assistant program prepares you to become 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?

As a key member of a doctor's office, outpatient clinic, or other ambulatory health care facility, you would perform many tasks including:

  • scheduling and monitoring appointments
  • arranging hospital and outpatient admissions
  • managing medical records
  • processing insurance claims
  • managing office financial records
  • preparing patients for exams, procedures, and treatments
  • assisting with physical examinations.
  • recording medical histories.
  • taking vital signs.
  • charting patient information.
  • administering medications and injections.
  • performing electrocardiograms.
  • assisting with minor office surgeries.
  • performing venipuncture.
  • collecting/preparing specimens.
  • performing basic laboratory tests.
  • performing radiography (after receiving additional education).

How much will I earn?

Check to research the salaries for Medical Assistants.

What will I study?

  • anatomy and physiology
  • medical terminology
  • medical law and ethics
  • pathophysiology
  • pharmacology
  • clinical procedures
  • laboratory procedures
  • administrative procedures


General college admission requirements

How Long Will I Be in School?

  • 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)

Program Options

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

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.


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