The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled professional who assists the physician with the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care. The program includes courses in administrative, clinical, and communication skills; ethical and legal standards of medical practice; and a "hands on" clinical practicum experience. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center while meeting the following requirements:

  • Students must request an application packet from the Health Careers Enrollment Center (216-987-4247) for comprehensive admissions information.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Completion of ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Completion of MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or higher, with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • GPA required: 2.00 overall

Other Information

  • 15 students per semester per campus accepted per year
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Non-native English applicants: TOEFL minimum iBT score of 25 required in speaking component, and minimum iBT score of 21 required in listening component, minimum iBT score of 23 in writing component, and minimum iBT score of 21 in reading component.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Identify, administer and document medications based on usage outcomes, side effects and according to the principles of the six rights.
  2. Collect, process and test diagnostic specimens and document follow-up on results.
  3. Apply current up-to-date quality control and safety principles in the workplace.
  4. Skillfully perform and document routine clinical procedures according to office protocol.
  5. Perform and document routine administrative procedures according to office protocol.
  6. Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
  7. Maintain ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy and practice integrity.
  8. Demonstrate professional work ethics with efficient use of multitasking skills, technology, time management, self management and teamwork.
  9. Effectively utilize an EMR program for documentation and insurance purposes.
  10. Identify medical law and regulatory guidelines as it pertains to the ambulatory setting.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology 2
MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations (or higher) 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours8
First Semester
BIO-1050 Human Biology 1 3
BIO-105L Human Biology Laboratory 1 1
MA-1321 Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 2
MA-132L Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 1
MA-1402 Basic Clinical Medical Assisting 2
MA-140L Basic Clinical Medical Assisting Lab 1
MA-1503 Administrative Procedures for the Medical Office 2
MA-150L Administrative Procedures Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
EMT-1310 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
MA-2110 Reimbursement for Physician Services 2
MA-2413 Advanced Clinical Medical Assisting 3
MA-241L Advanced Clinical Assisting Lab 1
MA-2860 Medical Assisting Practicum 2
MA-2980 Medical Assisting Seminar 1
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
HIM-1112 Physician Office Coding 4
HTEC-1120 Critical Thinking in Healthcare 1
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
BADM-1300 Small Business Management 4
MLT-1300 Introduction to Blood Collection 3
MLT-1850 Medical Laboratory Practicum I 3
MLT-2970 Advanced Phlebotomy 1
SPCH-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours62