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Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA, offers quality training in Medical Assistant, a one-year (full time) Certificate Program. Graduates are eligible to participate in the National Certified Medical Assistant Examination.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks. The duties vary depending on office location, size and specialty. Administrative duties performed include answering telephones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and completing insurance forms.

Clinical duties include obtaining medical histories from patients, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting the physician during the examination.
Medical assistants also collect and prepare laboratory specimens, sterilize instruments, perform venipunctures and EKG’s. Medical assistants who work for specialists will have additional duties.

Medical assisting is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through the year 2016. At Massasoit, formal instruction is integrated with invaluable field experience. A special feature of the program is an eight-week required Clinical Internship in a physician’s office, health care agency or hospital. Such affiliation frequently leads to employment opportunities.
Semester One
Semester Two
Anatomy, Physiology, and Terminology I (MEDA108)
Anatomy, Physiology, and Terminology II (MEDA119)
Medical Law and Ethics (PHIL111)
English Composition I (ENGL101)
Basic Laboratory Procedures I (MEDA104)
Basic Laboratory Procedures II (MEDA121)
Medical Assisting Techniques I (MEDA107)
Medical Assisting Techniques II (MEDA120)
Pharmacology (MEDA109)
Clinical Externship in Medical Assisting (MEDA116)
Medical Office Management I (MEDA229)
Medical Office Management II (MEDA230)
General Psychology (PSYC101)

This program awards a Board-Approved Certificate.

1. A minimum of 38 credits and 13 courses is required for completion.

2. The same course may not be used as two different course requirements.

+ Course has a pre- and/or co-requisite. See course description for details.

* A student, based on testing scores, may place out of English Composition I (ENGL 101) and substitute any collegelevel writing course in its place. This is also the case if a student placed into an equivalent to ENGL 102 at another school and was not required to take the ENGL 101 equivalent. Currently there are only three options for replacement: Technical Writing (ENGL 107); Creative Writing (ENGL 119); or Newspaper Journalism (JOUR 120).

1. Submit an application form to the Admissions Office

2. Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college transcripts.

3. Applicants must attend a Medical Assisting Program Information Session to understand the concepts, clinical placement procedures, and
policies of the program. Call the Admissions Office at the Canton Campus for information (781-821-2222, ext. 2114).

4. Complete required College placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
Contact the Student Assessment Office at 508-588-9100, ext. 1991 or 1992.

Graduates from the Medical Assistant program at Massasoit Community College are in demand in physician’s offices, health maintenance
organizations, hospitals, and clinics.

Positions available to graduates include:
Medical Assistant
Administrative Assistant
EKG Technician
Medical Receptionist
Phlebotomy Technician
Clinical Assistant

Massasoit Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP),
on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
35 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
Phone: 312-553-9355
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