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Medical Assisting Degree

Photo of Medical Assistant students working in one of MVCCs state-of-the-art labs.

Medical Assisting students work in one of MVCC's state-of-the-art labs.

Welcome to the Medical Assisting degree program at MVCC!

Medical assistants work in one of the fastest-growing fields, with most assistants working in physicians’ offices.  Medical assistants do the administrative and clinical jobs that keep doctors’ offices running smoothly.  The job outlook is very strong, with 18 percent growth predicted over the next decade as the health care industry expands.

Degree Program Information

  • MVCC’s Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science Degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist a physician or nurse practitioner with patients, such as performing routine procedures.  Other skills include performing routine laboratory tests, billing insurance providers, and performing receptionist duties in a medical office setting.  Coursework builds on the certificate program with the addition of courses that enhance communication and the sciences.
  • Click here for a course list.
  • Click here for an advisement form.
  • The inclusion of coursework in accounting and law in health care will increase the ability to fulfill the role of medical assisting in a variety of settings.
  • Criminal background check may be required.
  • Medical Assisting courses (HC prefix) require a minimum grade of C for successful completion.
  • Medical Assisting students may repeat one health care (HC) course only.  A second failure of a health care course will result in dismissal from the Medical Assisting program.
  • Medical Assisting students enrolled in a HC course are permitted one withdrawal.  A second withdrawal from any health care course will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned health care agency for externships.
  • Proof of current American Heart Association CPR certification for health care providers must be on file in the Allied Health Coordinator’s Office prior to beginning externship experiences.  This certification must be kept current throughout enrollment in the program.
  • Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the college, is required and payable at registration.
  • The Nursing and Allied Health Center’s Health/Physical Form must be completed and on file in the Allied Health Coordinator’s office prior to the first externship.
  • Students must purchase a white lab coat with the MVCC insignia.
  • If a student has legal charges pending or has been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor, certification may be delayed or denied by the applicable national certification board.
  • Upon graduation, students may be eligible to take the national Registered Medical Assistant examination.  Upon passing the exam, graduates become Registered Medical Assistants (RMAs).  Graduation from the Medical Assisting program does not guarantee success on national credentialing exams.

Degree Program Prerequisites

  • High school chemistry or its equivalent
  • High school math course A or its equivalent

Transfer or Returning students

Prior to beginning or resuming Medical Assisting coursework, students who have been out of the Medical Assisting course sequence for more than one semester must:

  • Meet all prerequisites listed
  • Meet with an Allied Health advisor
  • Make an appointment by calling 315.792.5367