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Medical Assisting: Career Associate  (3520)

Do you want to enjoy a career in the medical field? Are you looking for a job that includes variety, allows you to help others and lets you use your interpersonal skills? Would you appreciate the opportunity to advance into management or clinical practice?

Our Associate in Science in medial assisting is your foundation for building a career in the health profession. Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession with individuals finding employment primarily in outpatient care settings. In two years, you can learn the necessary administrative and clinical skills to be a medical assistant in medical offices and clinics.


What can I do with this in the workforce?   

Medical assisting is a field that continues to need individuals to help run medical offices and clinics. Students who possess the following skills are often interested in this type of career:

  • Pay close attention to details
  • Follow directions well
  • Display self-motivation
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Commit to ongoing education to enhance skills as things evolve


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Our associate degree in medical assisting prepares you to become a competent medical assistant, able to work in a variety of outpatient care settings. 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 associate degree.)
Our program is designed by leading faculty who will prepare you to:

  • Function effectively as a member of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate the entry-level competencies prescribed by the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
  • Explain how specialized training fits into the healthcare delivery system
  • Take the Certified Medical Assisting credentialing examination for Medical Assistants administered by the AAMA

Since our program is selective, you need to meet certain requirements beyond the standard HACC admission requirements. For example, after you gain admission to our program, you must complete and pay for the following tests before you can begin your clinicals:  

  • Background checks
  • CPR certification
  • Drug and alcohol screens
  • Physical examination and immunizations

For full details on these requirements, please visit the Health Careers section of our website or email us.
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).


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! Our associate degree is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, but transfer opportunities are available if you wish to continue your education. Our degree programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Browse our various transfer options below: 

Bloomsburg University of PA: Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

Siena Heights University Online: Medical Assisting into Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (ONLINE) (pdf)


Where can I complete this program?

We offer the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus. You also may complete this program at the Gettysburg Campus by taking courses through Virtual Learning.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

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


When can I apply?  

You can enroll in classes in the spring, summer and fall and submit your application online anytime. When you enroll in our the associate degree program you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Therefore, please use the program code 352P on your application to ensure you're applying to the correct program.


How can I learn more?  

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