Medical Assistant Certificate

Congratulations to the Cohort 2021-2022 MA graduates.

Source: MCC 2021-22 Catalog

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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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.

CAAHEP logoThe Muskegon Community College Medical Assistant Certificate 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
9355 113th Street North #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Graduates of the Muskegon Community College Medical Assistant Certificate 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 Certificate Program are also eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination through American Medical Technologists (AMT). To contact American Medical Technologists go to, call 847-823-5169, or send mail to 10700 W. Higgins Rd., Set. 150, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Note: The Medical Assistant Certificate flows directly into the Associate in Science and Arts degree
Note: All MA courses must be completed with a C+ our better
Note: All non-MA courses need to be completed with a C or above.

If you would like more information about the Medical Assistant Certificate Program, please contact the Counseling and Advising Office in Room 1050 or make an appointment at You can also contact Dawn Platt at (231) 777-0548 or

As reported on MAERB’s Annual Report Forms (ARFs):

Medical Assistant Program Links

Testing/Admission competencies
View the Medical Assistant Essential Functions Requirements & Admission Checklist
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 Certificate 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 1050. Students must meet with a counselor to begin the process of acceptance into the Medical Assistant Certificate Program. To make an appointment, go to

First Semester 13/15
AH 101 – Medical Terminology 3/3
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
Second Semester 12/14
BIOL 115 – Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4/4
MA 105 – Medical Assistant Administrative II 2/2
MA 106A L&L – Medical Assistant Clinical II 6/8
Third Semester  7/7
AH 196 – Electronic Health Records 3/3
MA 110 Medical Assistant Seminar/Practicum (160 hours) 4/4
Total 32/36

Note: The Medical Assistant Certificate flows directly into the Associate in Science and Arts degree.

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, ARC Professional Rescuer)
  • Health Status Requirements for Practicum