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Medical Assistant Certificate

Prepare for employment as a Medical Assistant who combines working with patients with administrative duties

Program Overview

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, and job opportunities are plentiful. A career as a medical assistant is for you if you would like to combine working with patients with administrative duties.

Medical assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and perform such functions as answering phones, scheduling appointments, updating and filing patient medical records, as well as taking medical histories and vital signs, drawing blood, and assisting the physician with procedures.

At iHealth@NECC, the Medical Assistant Certificate includes classroom theory and clinical practice to prepare you for patient care management, administrative and supervisory functions. 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. Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to take the national certification exam for medical assistants administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

The Medical Assistant Certificate is available in the current day program or in the evening iHealth option. The Medical Assistant Certificate day option is the traditional face-to-face classroom. The evening option in iHealth@NECC is a hybrid-online modality for the classroom part of the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. Medical assistants work in a variety of health care settings including physician offices, outpatient care facilities, hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, and other health care facilities. Job opportunities are excellent are expected to continue to grow.


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 iHealth@NECC has an average retention rate of 93% 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 iHealth@NECC are satisfied with the education that they receive, as there is an average graduate satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five years.

Program Requirements

Students who attend the Medical Assistant Evening Program through iHealth@NECC will complete most of their course work in online courses and come to our Lawrence campus one to two evenings per week for in-class meetings and laboratory sessions.

Program science courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to the anticipated start date of the program to count towards completing the certificate. Students must complete Basic Life Support C for Health Care Providers prior to beginning practicum in the Spring semester. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses in order to graduate. A minimum of 32 credits are required for graduation.

The Medical Assistant Program has additional admission requirements. See
the Admission Criteria Packet below:

Technical Standards:


Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI 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/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Drug screening

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


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


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.

Medical Assistant Certificate Required Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Comments
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
Human Biology
Human Biology Laboratory
Anatomy & Physiology II
Co-requisite Prerequisite BIO121
HES104 Medical Office Administration 3  
HES115 Medical Terminology 3  
MAS100 Intro 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 **scheduled Mon-Fri, day and evening hours 4 Prerequisite(s)
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  

Program Notes

Students considering a challenging career as a medical assistant should be aware of the skills required (clinical skills, administrative skills, and patient care management skills) to begin at this entry-level position in the health care field. Success in this profession will require excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

Helpful Hints

Some courses required by this program are only offered during one semester each year (Fall or Spring), so be sure to investigate your options, plan ahead and build your schedule accordingly.

Recommended Course Sequence
Medical Assistant Certificate
  Semester Courses
Year 1 Fall BIO101 AND BIO102 OR BIO122, ENG101, HES115, PSY101
Spring MAS100, MAS101
Summer MAS110, MAS120
Year 2 Fall HES104, MAS190

Gainful Employment Disclosures | Print the Medical Assistant Certificate Program Sheet (PDF)


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