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About our Medical Assisting
Associate Degree

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. Duties of medical assistants can include drawing blood, administering injections, and assisting with exams and surgical procedures.

In addition, duties can include 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.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • EKG Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Phlebotomy Technician

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


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.

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Related Programs

Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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Accreditation, Outcome Data & Licensure Information


The Medical Assisting Technology program at SMCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th St. N #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
P: 727-210-2350 F: 727-210-2354

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.

Occupational Risks

View the SMCC Medical Assisting Program Occupational Risks document.


View the SMCC Medical Assisting Technical Standards document.


To view outcome information, including retention, job placement, and exam passage, view our 2023 Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) Annual Report.

Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Additional Admissions Requirements:

Please note that our Health Sciences programs have additional requirements.
For more information, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Patricia Buchanan, 207-741-5593 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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