Medical Assistant Certificate

The medical assistant certificate program prepares graduates to perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of the physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physicians.

The goal of the Medical Assistant Program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.  All Medical Assistant (MA) courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C+ (77%) or better.  In addition, students must successfully pass 100% of the psychomotor and affective competences in order to pass the course and/or progress in the program.  A student who passes 100% of the psychomotor and affective competencies in a Medical Assistant course will receive the letter grade received in the theory component of the course as a course grade. Students should review the MCC Student Handbook, MCC Medical Assistant website, and Medical Assistant Program Handbook for admission requirements, course progression, grade requirements, and additional information.  Students must complete a 160 hour unpaid, supervised practicum (MA110) in order to receive credit for the course.

Note: All non-MA courses need to be completed with a C or above.

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Graduates of the Muskegon Community College Medical Assistant Program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). To contact AAMA, go to (, call 312-899-1500, or send mail to 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606.

Graduates of the Muskegon Community College Medical Assistant Program are also eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT).

If you would like more information about the Medical Assisting Program, please contact the Counseling Office in Room 101 or contact Dawn Platt at (231) 777-0548 or

Medical Assistant Program Links

Testing/Admission competencies
View the Medical Assistant Admission Checklist
View the Medical Assistant Essential Functions Requirements.
View the Medical Assistant Student Handbook

Policy on Advanced Placement, Transfer of Credit, Experiential Learning, Previous Course Credit
  • All non-medical assistant (non-MA) courses required for the medical assistant degree, must be taken within eight years prior to the time of the evaluation. If testing/coursework is over eight years old, competency must be validated on established examinations or by repeating the course.
  • As noted on the admission checklist, Computer Science courses must have been taken within the five years prior to the time of evaluation.
  • No experiential learning credit, advanced placement credit, or transfer credit will be given for Medical Assistant courses.
  • See admission checklist for further information.

Complete Medical Assistant Program application
Applicants will be admitted to the MA sequence on a first-come, first-served basis once admission requirements have been met. Applications are available in the Counseling and Advising Office, Room 101.

First Semester 14-15/16-17
BIOL 115 -Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4/4
AH 104 – Medical Insurance Billing 2/2
MA 101- Medical Assistant Administrative I 3/3
MA 102A L&L – Medical Assistant Clinical I 5/7
MA 110A Medical Assistant Practicum I* 1/1
Second Semester 14-15/16-17
AH 101 – Medical Terminology 3/3
MA 105 – Medical Assistant Administrative II 2/2
MA 106A L&L – Medical Assistant Clinical II 6/8
BUS 196 – Electronic Health Records 3/3
MA 110B Medical Assistant Practicum 2* 1/1
Third Semester  2-4/2-4
MA 110 – Medical Assistant Seminar and Internship (160 hours) *
MA 110C – Medical Assistant Seminar/Practicum 3*


Total 32/36

*Students will take either MA110 or MA110A, MA110B, and MA110C. Students should sign up for MA110 unless otherwise suggested by the Medical Assistant Program Director.

Pre-Practicum Requirements
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the occupation of Medical Assistant
  • Clear Drug Screen
  • Required Immunizations and negative 2 step tuberculin test
  • Clear Criminal Background Check
  • Current CPR card (Basic Life Support/CPR for Healthcare Providers-AHA or ARC-classroom)


How much will this program cost me? What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? How long will it take me to complete this program? What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?

Gainful employment tuition information may not match current program cost.  The Program cost breakdown updated for Fall 2016 is based on the Fall 2016 Fee Schedule that includes In-District Tuition = $102, Out-of-District Tuition = $190, Technology Fee = $22/contact hr, Infrastructure Fee = $8/contact hr, Registration Fee = $35/semester and $70 uniforms.  $6,335 in district and $9,503 out of district (*fees are subject to change).