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College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant

Program Options

Credential Title Credit Hours Required Notes
Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant 62 -
Certificate Medical Assistant 41 -


Contact Information

Contact Title Name Phone E-mail Location
Professor Delena Austin 586.286.2194 austind@macomb.edu Center Campus

Program Description:

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and abilities to assist physicians and providers in rendering professional services to patients. Employment may be available in private offices, clinics, hospitals, and federal and public health facilities. Students graduating from the Medical Assistant Certificate program are qualified to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistant’s (AAMA) National Certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.[CMA (AAMA)]. The CMA (AAMA) credential is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the CMA (AAMA) examination administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Like other professional designations, the CMA (AAMA) credential is evidence of competence in a demanding field. Certified Medical Assistants [CMA (AAMA)] may benefit from broader career advancement opportunities and job security.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

1. Utilize appropriate anatomical structures to prepare patients for examination or procedures.

2. Apply appropriate health related mathematical computations.

3. Apply infection control procedures.

4. Outline components of nutrition, food pyramid, and therapeutic diets.

5. Communicate information to providers and patients.

6. Identify medical office administrative functions.

7. Differentiate finance practices.

8. Describe processes for third party reimbursement.

9. Perform diagnostic and procedural coding.

10. Differentiate between legal and ethical issues affecting healthcare including standard of practice and HIPPA.

11. Differentiate between ethical and moral issues affecting healthcare.

12. Describe safety and protective practices.


The Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763




Requirements & Specific Information:

Expenditures for the Student:

The student is responsible for the following expenditures which are not included within the program course fees:

  • criminal background check
  • drug screen
  • health history and physical, including immunizations and/or titers:
    • MMR, influenza, Hepatitis B, Tdap, TB testing or chest x-ray
  • uniforms, white duty shoes, watch with a second hand, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, lab kit
  • transportation to the practicum site, and medical and liability insurance
  • The student is also responsible for the cost of the HESI Medical Assistant Exit Exam taken in their last semester.


NOTE: It is highly suggested that students achieve an acceptable mathematics and reading placement test score to enter the Medical Assistant program.

All students must apply for their certificate and/or degree and submit the application form to Enrollment Services during the semester the certificate or degree will be earned.

Students must achieve grade “C” or better, or grade “Pass” (if the course is a Pass/Fail course) for all the Core and General Education courses in this program.

Career Opportunities:

Transfer Pathways:

Students intending to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree need to make early decisions concerning an academic major and a transfer destination. Statistics show that students who make these decisions early are more likely to persist to graduation than their undecided counterparts. Students planning to transfer credits earned at Macomb are strongly urged to see a counselor or academic advisor as early as possible in their college careers.


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