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Medical Assisting: Certificate  (3210)

Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession with individuals finding employment primarily in outpatient care settings. Let us help you start your career in health care.

 

What can I do with this in the workforce?   

Our certificate prepares you to enter the workforce as an entry-level medical assistant in various health care facilities and outpatient care settings.

You’re most likely to excel in this career if you:

  • Are committed to continuing your education
  • Enjoy learning new skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Are a self-starter

 

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Our faculty will teach you the skills related to the medical office administration, clinical patient care and legal and ethical principles that govern a medical practice at the entry-level. You will be prepared to take the Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) certification for Medical Assistants administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), which is part of your graduation requirements. (Failing the exam will not prevent you from receiving your certificate.)  

Our certificate will teach you how to:

  • Function effectively as a member of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate the entry-level competencies prescribed by the American Medical Assistants Endowment
  • Take the Certified Medical Assisting credentialing examination for Medical Assistants administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), based upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

This is a selective program, which means you will need to meet certain requirements beyond the standard HACC admission requirements. For example, once you gain admission to the program, you must complete the following components and pay for the following tests before starting the clinical portion: 

  • Physical examination and immunizations
  • Background checks
  • Drug and alcohol screens
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification

For more information about these entry requirements, please visit the Health Careers section of our website or contact Melinda Eash, health and public service department chair.

 

What classes will I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

 

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Yes! The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, all of your coursework can transfer into our Associate in Science in medical assisting should you wish to continue your education with us!

 

Where can I complete this program?

We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg and Gettysburg campuses.

 

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.

 

When can I apply?  

Conveniently YOURS, we offer courses in the spring, summer and fall. To apply anytime, visit our website and submit your application, along with program code 3210. Using this specific code ensures you apply to the correct program.

 

How can I learn more?  

For more information about this certificate program, please contact an admissions counselor, email us  or contact Melinda Eash, health and public service department chair.