Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

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About this Program

The Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform duties and responsibilities in a variety of medical settings. The duties of medical assistants are flexible and will vary depending on the type of office or work setting, but can include drawing blood, administering injections, assisting with exams and surgical procedures, taking vital signs, direct patient care, performing electrocardiograms, patient education, telephone triage, receptionist skills, filing, insurance reimbursement and billing procedures, medical coding, correspondence and scheduling appointments.

The program culminates with a 160-hour practicum during which theory learned in the classroom is applied in an actual medical practice environment.

The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you’re from out of state and are looking for licensure information for your state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Please note that this program has additional requirements. For more information, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

Your Degree Courses

Medical Assisting offers an Associate in Applied Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Medical Assisting and Allied Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Disease Pathology/Diagnostic Lab Tests
  • Clinical Office Procedures
  • Billing Procedures & Administration
  • Medical Assisting Practicum

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency performing entry-level administrative and clinical skills.
  • Project a professional manner and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and flexibility.
  • Follow state and federal legal guidelines for practice.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

66 credit hours are required to complete this program
Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation