Program of Study

Course work includes instruction in administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures including scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance, accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.


How To Apply

REQUIRED – Admissions Requirements (MAR) Packet PDF icon

The Medical Assisting program begins in the fall semester. Beginning Fall 2020, the program offers a diploma with an AAS completion. This is a great opportunity for students and our community employers. The program has a limited enrollment of two cohort groups: a 30-student traditional day-time program and a 15-student evening program. The traditional day diploma program is completed in three semesters, and the evening diploma program is completed in four semesters due to limited hours available after 5:00 pm. The 4th semester of the evening program will be completed during the daytime. This is the semester of practicum experience in a physician office and due to the availability of practicum sites must be completed during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Completing the AAS degree follows with two additional semesters of course work in a hybrid or online delivery. However, medical assisting is not an online program.   

Both pathways have limited enrollment. Candidate students who meet the admission requirements, meet with an admission counselor for a MAR review, and meet the admission deadline will be admitted as space allows. For more information, please speak with the assigned Student Success Advisor.  

Careers Available

Careers are available in physicians’ health practices, including chiropractors and podiatrists, outpatient care centers, public and private educational services, other ambulatory health care services, State and local government agencies, medical and diagnostic laboratories, nursing care facilities, and employment services.

 

Recommended Courses and Skills

Strong oral and written communication skills. High School Biology and/or human anatomy and physiology are recommended. Ability to pass the national certification exam.

 

Helpful Personal Attributes

Professionalism, love for people, ability to multi-task, and an ability to work in a team environment.

 

Additional Information

Educational Outcomes
Statement of Educational Outcomes for the FT Medical Assisting Program 2021PDF icon

 

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science Day A45400
Medical Assisting Diploma Day D45400

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Medical Assisting Program, contact Shannon W. Thomas, CMA (AAMA), Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7362 or sthomas@forsythtech.edu.