Programs And Courses

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant 

Learn about the Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program (352P) and Certificate Program (321P) -Harrisburg Campus. 

What is a medical assistant? 

A medical assistant (MA) is an allied health professional. You are specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings. You may:
  • Have administrative and clinical duties depending on the needs of the employer and state law
  • Answer phones, greet patients, handle billing & correspondence
  • Take medical histories and prepare patients for exams
  • Assist the doctor during appointments
  • Perform lab tests

What is the employment outlook? 

Physicians value medical assistants' unique versatility. The demand for medical assistants is expanding rapidly. 

What is the goal of HACC's Medical Assistant program? 

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to be competent entry-level medical assistants. We teach according to the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited HACC's Medical Assisting Program. The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) made the recommendation. 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
1361 Park Street 
Clearwater, FL 33756 

What programs does HACC offer? 

HACC offers a certificate and degree program. Both programs qualify students to sit for the nationally-recognized certification exam. A degree does not make a student more employable. Salaries are also similar. 

  1. The medical assistant certificate program is 37 credits. You can complete it in 4 semesters or on a part-time basis. You must take a minimum of 2 courses each semester. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus. 

  2. The medical assistant degree program is 61-63 credits. You can complete it in 24 months. Completion time varies based on your need for preparatory coursework. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus. We offer some required courses at other campuses and online. 

Associate's degree MA graduates can work towards a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration or Management. This would qualify them to work as Office Managers. 

The degree program requires: 
  • An externship in phlebotomy 
  • A course in health care law and ethics 
  • 1-3 credits of health care electives 

How do I enroll in the program? 

The Medical Assistant program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to clinicals. You will begin as a pre-medical assisting student. You must work with your advisor to apply to clinicals. 

Learn more about enrollment information: 

Download the Complete the clinical application for Fall 2015 online using Survey Monkey. Check back in 2015. The deadline is May 31. 
Review Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (7/2014).
Attend an information session (pdf, rev 1/13/15).  Information sessions will be held Tues, Feb 24; Fri, Mar 20, Tues, Apr 21.  RSVP required.

What are the required courses? 

What are the additional expenses? 

View the list of Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/2014). 

Where does HACC hold clinicals? 

HACC holds all clinical classes and labs in the evening at the Harrisburg campus. We hold externships (MA 230) during the day. We conduct them in local physicians' offices and clinics. We attempt to find a site that is close to your location. However, we cannot make guarantees. 

We require students to practice phlebotomy and injection skills. You will practice on simulators and on each other. 

Program effectiveness data

  • Certificate: Graduation rate - 85% 
    CMA exam pass rate - 100% 
    Job placement - 87% (2-year data) 

  • Degree: Graduation rate - 88% 
    CMA exam pass rate - 85% 
    Job placement - 83% (2-year data)
What degree will I earn? Am I eligible for credentials? 

HACC awards an Associate in Science degree upon successful completion of the MA degree program. 

HACC awards a certificate upon successful completion of the certificate program. 

We require students in both programs to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam prior to graduation. The American Association for Medical Assisting administers it. 

Where can I find more information? 

Who can I contact for more information? 

Health Careers 
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988 

Medical Assisting Program Office: 
HACC Harrisburg Campus 
Blocker Hall 106 
One HACC Drive 
Harrisburg, PA 17110 
717-221-1326 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211326