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.
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 (www.caahep.org),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
Clearwater, FL 33763
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.
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.