Medical Assisting

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

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Earn your associate degree to start working toward tomorrow’s medical assisting opportunities today.


In our Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program, you’ll work to learn how to perform select lab testing, assist practitioners with examining and treating patients, and provide essential administrative support in medical settings. In your courses, you’ll study human anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and more. You’ll learn about clinical and lab procedures, as well as common medical office routines. In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll get practical hands-on training in our campus labs and gain 180 hours of field experience in a real medical facility through completion of a practicum. By the time you graduate, you’ll have worked to develop entry level skills in medical assisting to serve as a valued member of the healthcare team.

Develop Essential Skills In
  • Medical lab and clinical procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • Front office procedures
  • Medical insurance and coding
  • Professional communication
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21st Century Scholarship

Available to Indiana students who are recent high school graduates which is designed to provide two years of tuition-free attendance to an approved school.

South College Promise

This Grant is offered to provide assistance for recent high school graduates in order to help keep student loan debt to a minimum. Qualifications are required.

TN Promise

South College is proud to offer the TNP Scholarship for those that qualify helping to offset the first 2 years of tuition with required Community Service hours.

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South College proudly participates in this program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help pay for education for military members and Veterans.

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You May Enjoy This Line of Study If You…

  • Like organization and keeping information easily accessible
  • Enjoy assisting others and making people feel comfortable and welcome
  • Arranging complicated data and critical information is easy for you and something you enjoy
  • Can be trusted with private and personal information of others
  • Can communicate well with patients and colleagues

Learning Outcomes
  • Students establish a firm base of knowledge in general education, medical science, and medical office routines which provides entry-level competencies in the fundamental concepts and theories applicable to medical assisting practices and procedures. (Cognitive)
  • Students establish skills in clerical/administrative, clinical, and laboratory/technical areas pertinent to entry-level competencies of a medical assistant and the needs of the community and employment market. (Psychomotor)
  • Students demonstrate superior principles of legal, ethical, and moral integrity. (Affective)

Admission Requirements

All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Medical Assisting Program.  Program admission is granted when a student has met all requirements and is successfully enrolled in his/her first clinical course, the first course in the MA curriculum in which a student is assessed on psychomotor (skill) and affective (behavior) competencies.

A maximum of three attempts will be allowed for completing courses in the Allied Health Sciences (AHS) portion of the program.

Program Requirements

All students admitted in the Medical Assisting program at South College must recognize that various occupational hazards exist in the medical laboratory and the clinical setting. All Medical Assisting students are responsible for understanding the health requirements and the general safety procedures and precautions. Throughout the training, strict adherence to OSHA guidelines and standard precautions is mandated and observed. In compliance with these guidelines and precautions, all Medical Assisting students are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment as indicated.

Students will be required, during the course of the program, to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. These requirements include maintaining a state of good health, achieving a comprehensive knowledge base (cognitive ability), achieving procedural proficiency (psychomotor skills), and demonstrating suitable behavioral and emotional fitness (affective domain). Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student should notify the Department Chairperson if he or she has a communicable disease. This disclosure will be handled in strict confidence and used to assure safe lab conditions. Hepatitis B vaccination and/or immunization verification is recommended.

Students applying to the Medical Assisting program must accept the following:

  1. Eligibility for the Certification Examination may be denied by the AAMA Certifying Board if the applicant for the CMA credential has been found guilty of a felony or pleaded guilty to a felony.
  2. Failure to produce proof of the following may severely limit practicum placement (possibly increasing the overall length of the program) and future employment options:
  • Negative TB test
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Health release to participate in clinical practicum/physician’s certification that student is in good health
  • Other immunizations, such as MMR
  • CPR and first aid training

All Medical Assisting students are required to complete a 200-hour unpaid, supervised practicum at a local medical practice weekdays during the last quarter of their program. Students are required to meet all health guidelines and dress code policies of the affiliating agencies. Drug screening may be required by the practicum locations. Failure to pass the screening will result in the student being denied placement at the associated location. Denial may result in dismissal from the program.

Prior to the beginning of AHS 2982 Medical Assisting Practicum, students are required to undergo a physical exam/health verification and to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. Students are responsible for costs incurred from injury or illness while in the Medical Assisting program. Fees charged to cover physical exams, immunizations, drug screens, background checks and/or CPR/First Aid Certification are the responsibility of the student.

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