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Medical Assisting

Work alongside physicians as a multi-skilled healthcare professional in a fast-pace environment while serving as a patient advocate. 

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What is Medical Assisting?

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.

Area demand for qualified certified medical assistants is strong in Henderson Community College’s service area.  Local employers seek students who exhibit professional expertise through completion of an accredited program of study and successful passage of a national certification exam. As reported on the Medical Assisting Program’s most recently approved Annual Report Form (ARF), 83.3% of HCC’s 2017 graduating medical assisting students successfully passed the national certification exam.

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

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

Program Expectation

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

What will 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:

  • 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).

What are my career choices?

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Phlebotomist

Academic Plans

Application for Certificate, Diploma, or Degree (.doc)

Two-Year Schedule

Older Curricula (Not Currently in Use)

Additional Information

Phlebotomist: 4 - 9 Total credit hours
Electrocardiograph Technician: 11 - 18 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medical Office Limited Radiography: 18 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding: 18 - 24 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medical Assisting: 61 - 68 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

2019 HCC Medical Assisting Student Handbook (pdf)

How many hours are classroom/online sessions?

Associate in Applied Science:

  • Medical Assisting: 23-25 out of the 60 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.


  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant: 4 out of the 20 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.
  • Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding: 1 out of the 20 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.
  • Phlebotomist: all 4 hours of the 4 *required credit hours are classroom instruction.

*does not include <100 level credit hour courses

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Program Contact

Mark Chandler

Medical Assisting

Program Coordinator