Medical Assistant Proficiency Certificate

Earn a Medical Assistant proficiency certificate in as little as two semesters and begin a career in a variety of medical settings. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to take a national certification exam for a medical assistant and a phlebotomy certification exam. You also have the option of continuing your education. Your course credits will count toward an associate degree in Health Care Studies. The Medical Assistant program will provide you with the knowledge to complete a variety of tasks: prepare patients for examinations and assist the physician with examinations and treatments, take patients’ vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure), perform electrocardiography and spirometry testing, instruct patients about medication, administer injections, sterilize instruments and treatment rooms, obtain blood specimens, and perform collection and processing techniques on blood specimens for testing blood sugar, cholesterol and hemoglobin. Skilled and personable medical assistants are in high demand and have many employment opportunities in health clinics, physician practices and other health care environments.


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Medical Secretary – est. salary $38,376*
Medical Assistant – est. salary $34,232


**EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Medical Assistant Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AH 103 - Medical Terminology 3 credits   Major Course
AH 116 - Interpersonal and Professional Skills in the Health Care Setting 3 credits   Major Course
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology* 4 credits BIOL 108, a one semester course in Anatomy and Physiology is the minimum requirement for this Certificate. However, students who have completed the two semester anatomy and physiology sequence (BIOL 109-BIOL 110) may substitute BIOL 109-110 in place of BIOL 108, provided that they have completed both BIOL 109 and BIOL 110. Major Course
3 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better Major Course
AH 113 - Exam Room Procedures I 3 credits Prerequisite: AH 103 with a "C" or better Major Course 
AH 115 - Exam Room Procedures II 3 credits Corequisites: AH 103, AH 113, and BIOL 108 (or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110), which may be taken concurrently, all with a "C" or better.  Major Course 
MLT 102 - Phlebotomy 4 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better  Major Course

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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