Medical Assisting

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting

Credits required 29


Patricia Dent

Program contact

Lisa Wright, Professor, Coordinator of Medical Assisting and EKG Programs, ext. 2629

Program Code: MD

Program Goal Statement

The goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, as outlined by the American Association of Medical Assistants, for employment in healthcare facilities such as physician offices and clinics.

Program Information

  • Medical assistants may also work in specialized clinical or administrative positions such as phlebotomy, EKG technician, patient care technician, or office manager/supervisor.
  • Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.
  • Graduates of BCC are eligible to apply to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to be credentialed as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).
  • Some courses in this program are only offered during the day. 

The Bristol Community College Medical Assisting certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727.210.2350.

Licensing exam is not required by law in Massachusetts. Of those at BCC who took the exam, 75% passed.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HCI 124Survey of Medical Coding and Billing

1 credit

HLT 101Medical Language Module I

1 credit

HLT 102Medical Language Module II

1 credit

MAA 103Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures

3 credits

MAS 101Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I

3 credits

MAS 102Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II

3 credits

MAS 121Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures I

3 credits

MAS 122Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures II

3 credits

MAS 200Medical Assisting Practicum and Theory

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:29

Required Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG 101, BIO 115, HLT 101, MAA 103, MAS 101, MAS 121

Required Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

HLT 102, HCI 124, MAS 102, MAS 122, MAS 200
Students must receive a minimum of C- in all required Medical Assisting courses.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency credential, to demonstrate successful completion of high school biology with a laboratory component, and Algebra I or higher level math with a minimum grade of “C-”. This is a competitive program. Successful candidates have excelled in science and/or math courses.

Additional Requirements and Costs

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titre (blood tests to prove immunity). A TB test is required each year. Health insurance is required.

Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening, are required by clinical agencies. Students are responsible for associated costs such as uniforms, lab coats, textbooks, lab supplies, professional liability insurance, and must carry personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

A positive CORI/SORI check may prevent individuals from working in contracted health facilities, which could prevent students from completing the program objectives.

Program Essential Functions

The practice of medical assisting involves communication with patients and direct patient-care activities. Certain cognitive and psychomotor capabilities are required for the safe and skillful performance of these activities.  In order to make satisfactory progress through the medical assisting program, a student must meet the following criteria

  • Visual acuity such as that needed for preparation and administration of medications, observation and measurement of laboratory values, physical assessment activities, and varied administrative tasks.
  • Hearing ability such as that required to receive verbal messages from patients and staff members and to utilize varied medical equipment. 
  • Motor skills and coordination as needed to implement the skills required to meet the healthcare needs of patients and also to operate computers and technical equipment.
  • Communication skills such as those of speech, reading, and writing as needed to interact with and interpret patient needs and communicate these as necessary to provide safe and effective care.
  • Reading, writing, and cognitive skills such as those required for written examination, research papers, and the composition of business letters and other business/office related communications.
  • Mathematical skills such as those required for calculating drug dosages and financial record-keeping for the physician’s office or healthcare facility.
  • Intellectual and emotional ability necessary to coordinate patient care and manage activities with an ambulatory care facility.

After BCC 

  • Recent graduates work as entry-level medical assistants. This program is designed for graduates to enter the workforce immediately. However, many elect to continue their studies in other healthcare fields.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

In accordance with Federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, Bristol Community College discloses information about student costs, tuitions, fees and employment statistics to various governing bodies to ensure certification and oversight.

See: Gainful Employment Information


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