Medical Assistant

37 semester hours

Explore medical assisting if you are organized, interested in helping patients, have excellent communication skills and a team-oriented attitude. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professional specifically educated to work in healthcare settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and wellbeing, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. 

John Wood's one-year Medical Assisting program includes classroom, laboratory and computer experience, as well as a practicum in an ambulatory care clinic. This program may be taken on a part-time basis. After earning a Medical Assisting certificate, graduates may be eligible to take the nationally-recognized Certified Medical Assistant exam. Most employers require certification within one year of graduation.


Required Courses

First Semester

FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail (available as an online course) 1
HSC 108 Clinical Medical Assisting I (meets Tues/Thurs 6pm-7:50pm) 2
HSC 175 Basic Human Structure & Function (available as an online course) 3
OFT 101 Beginning Keyboarding (available as an online course) 2
OFT 170 Administrative Medical Assisting I (available as an online course) 4
OFT 260 Customer Service (available as an online course) 3
OFT 281 Medical Terminology (available as an online course) 3
  Total Credits 18


Second Semester

CMN 101 Intro to Speech I 3
HSC 128 Clinical Medical Assisting II 2
OFT 171 Administrative Medical Office II 2
OFT 185 Medical Insurance & Coding 3
OFT 283 Pharmacology for the Medical Office 3
  Total Credits 13


Third Semester

HSC 189 Medical Law & Ethics I 3
HSC 199 Ambulatory Practicum 3
  Total Credits 6


Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please visit our Gainful Employment page.