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Courses & Requirements

The Medical Assistant certificate program prepares students with the knowledge, technical skills and work ethic required for an entry-level position in the medical field. The program includes classroom theory and clinical practice to prepare graduates to participate in patient care management, administrative and supervisory functions. Clinical performance includes physical assessment, diagnostic procedures, surgical technique and office assisting, EKG, pharmaceutical principles, and administration of medication. Graduates from this program will demonstrate effective communication skills, adhere to ethical and legal standards of medical practice, recognize and respond to emergencies, and demonstrate professional characteristics. Students must complete Basic Life Support C for Health Care Providers prior to beginning practicum in the Spring semester. A minimum of 32 credit hours are required for the certificate. Students must receive a C or better in all required courses for graduation.


The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, 312-553-9355 upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants – Endowment (CCRB-AAMAE).

Program Outcomes:

Medical Assisting program at Northern Essex Community College has an average retention rate of 94.1% for the past five years. Support services are made available to all students so that they can successfully complete the program.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Northern Essex Community College are satisfied with the education that they receive at NECC, as there is an average graduate satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five years.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Admission Criteria can be found on Health Required Forms.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/CHRI/SORI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for their careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.


Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/ Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug Screening:

Students enrolled in this academic program are required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance:

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.


Courses Credits Comments
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
BIO101 Human Biology AND
BIO102 Human Biology Laboratory
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II
4 Prerequisite for BIO101 and
Corequisite for BIO102
BIO122 Prerequisite: BIO121
HES104 Medical Office Administration 3 Prerequisite
HES115 Medical Terminology 3  
MAS100 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3  
MAS101 Medical Assisting I 3 Prerequisite
MAS110 Medical Assisting II 3 Prerequisite
MAS120 Clinical Laboratory Procedures 3 Prerequisite
MAS190 Medical Assisting Practicum 4 Prerequisite(s)
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
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