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What can I do with a Certificate in Medical Assisting?

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant (Technician) Chiropractic Assistant Phlebotomy Technician Electrocardiography Technician Medical Office Assistant Unit/Ward Clerk (Hospital) Plastic Surgery Medical Assistant

23%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

To earn your certificate in medical assisting, you must think critically, communicate effectively with patients and medical professionals, and be a lifelong learner. Students in this program must manage their time well and complete assignments on schedule. Class participation is a must, and working with other students is encouraged. Medical assistants are required to help others as part of a team supporting a physician or group of physicians, so you must work well collaboratively and conduct yourself professionally.

South College finds excellent practicum placements for students, where they can learn real-world applications of their classroom skills. Our experienced team of educators is invested in the success of every student, which is why instructor assistance and free tutoring services are available as needed.

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Asheville Campus Accreditation

South College offers the only Medical Assisting Certificate program in northwest North Carolina college that is accredited by CAAHEP resulting in graduates being able to site for the CMA/AAMA Exam.

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (,25400 US Highway N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The five-year weighted average for placement and employer satisfaction of the Certificate Medical Assisting  program at South College Asheville Learning Site, Asheville, North Carolina is 83% and 100% respectively, based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Knoxville Campus Accreditation

The South College Certificate in Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

The five-year weighted average for Retention is 85.71% and Employer Satisfaction is 100% for the Certificate Medical Assisting program at the South College Knoxville Main Campus based on the most 2017 Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, (CAAHEP).

Students completing the Certificate in Medical Assisting program may choose to continue and earn an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting degree.

Certification Credential

Although there is no state licensure for medical assistants, as a graduate of a CAAHEP accredited program, students in Asheville & Knoxville are qualified to take the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) Certification Exam. The CMA (AAMA) credential is awarded to individuals who pass the AAMA Certification Exam. The certification exam is required and graduates who successfully complete the exam are demonstrating the mark of a profes­sional and the ability to competently perform clinical and administrative duties in a medical office. The distinction of being a Certified Medical Assistant is a credential many physician-employers require.

Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 36 (Knoxville & Nashville) 39 (Asheville)
Program Length: 9 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found here. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success At South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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