Medical Assisting Certificate

The Medical Assisting Certificate (C1_MED1) is offered at LSC-CyFair and LSC-North Harris and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Medical Assisting Department.

Program Description

Medical assisting is a versatile health care profession that prepares an individual to perform various clinical and administrative functions in a health care facility. These functions, performed under the direction of a licensed physician and/or licensed physicians assistant, are completed while examining and treating patients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing a variety of the tasks that enable a health care facility to properly treat its patients. These tasks include, but are not limited to: preparing treatment rooms for patients' examinations; scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records; interviewing patients, measuring vital signs, weight and height, and then recording the information; administering injections, performing venipuncture, electrocardiograph (EKG), and other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests; and completing insurance forms. The exact duties that a medical assistant performs are unique to the setting in which she or he is employed. Industries that employ medical assistants include doctors' offices/clinics, urgent care centers, ambulatory care facilities, and osteopathic offices/clinics.

LSCS Medical Assistant Program prepares students as multi-skilled allied health professionals, who, as members of the health care delivery system, perform clinical and administrative procedures. The broad-base curriculum develops intellectual and critical thinking skills and encourages participation in professional and community service activities. The program is committed to excellence in preparing competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

The medical assisting certificate is a three-semester program. The final semester includes both a review course to prepare for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certified Medical Assistant Exam and a clinical/externship. The clinical experience allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities that she or he has learned in the classroom and gain practical experience in a health care setting. The program has the following goal defining minimum expectations: "To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."

Admission Criteria

Students applying to the medical assisting program must:

  1. Register for and take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test.
  2. Attend a mandatory medical assisting information session as posted on the LSC-CyFair or North Harris Web site.
  3. Submit a completed application packet to the preferred college's medical assisting program. Application deadlines are posted on the college Web site.
  4. Submit official high school/GED transcript and/or official transcripts from all non-LSCS colleges and/or universities attended.
  5. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check that is completed by a college approved agency at the student's expense. Clinical facilities may also require completion of a satisfactory drug screening.

The Lone Star College Medical Assistant Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756


First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HRPS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
MDCA 1409 Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assistants 4
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
MDCA 1210 Medical Assistant Interpersonal & Communication Skills 2
MDCA 1348 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
ECRD 1211 Electrocardiography 2
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA1 1154 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 1
MDCA 1264 Practicum (or field experience) - Medical/Clinical Assistant 2

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Medical Assisting Certificate:




  1. Capstone Course