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Medical Assisting Certificate Level I

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average for all occupations. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties. These duties vary with the location, specialty and size of the practice.

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.

Certification – Employment in this field requires industry certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)-National.

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Program Admission Criteria

This is an application based program. Students interested in applying to the medical assisting program should read the latest Medical Assisting Certificate program requirements.

Program Accreditation

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

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

First Year

First Semester Courses 16 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
Second Semester Courses 16 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
Third Semester Courses 7 Credits
ECRD 1211 Electrocardiography 2
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MDCA 1154 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review1 1
MDCA 1264 Practicum (or field experience) - Medical/Clinical Assistant 2
Medical Assisting Certificate Program Total 39 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $30,3791

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)2
  • Medical Assistant (MA)2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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