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.
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.
Accreditation or Approval
The South College Certificate in Medical Assisting program offered at the Knoxville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org
) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Reaccreditation affirmation was awarded in September 2014 for a period not to exceed ten years. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
Per the annual report submitted in 2018, the following information relates to two performance areas for 2017 graduates of the program.
- Employer Satisfaction=100.00%
- Exam Pass Rate=84.62%
The Medical Assisting Certificate program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Reaccreditation affirmation was awarded in August 2015 for a period not to exceed 10 years. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
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.