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Associate in General Studies using Medical Assisting Certificate

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Schoolcraft program code # AGS.00042

The medical assisting curriculum objective is to prepare competent, entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program is designed to coordinate classroom and laboratory experience with practical experience in a healthcare facility such as the physician’s office. Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They are proficient in a multitude of clinical and administrative tasks and are widely viewed by doctors as vital members of the healthcare delivery team. Students are required to achieve a grade of 2.0 or better for all HIT and MA courses.

Academic and medical assisting courses must be completed by the end of the winter semester to be eligible for placement in the Office Practicum offered in the spring. The Office Practicum is an externship that is structured to provide experiences in applying knowledge, performing administrative and clinical procedures, and developing professional attitudes for interacting with other professionals and consumers in a healthcare facility.

Any student wishing to pursue an associate degree can apply all 35 credits from the Medical Assisting Certificate  toward an Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree. Depending on the desired career path, discuss other options for an associate degree with an academic advisor.

“The Medical Assisting Program of Schoolcraft College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).” Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination conducted by the certifying board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.

This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or admissions@schoolcraft.edu to complete an application.

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection. Note: Students must begin MA 196  within six months of completing MA 175  & MA 180 .

For more information about accreditation please contact:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Sample Schedule of Courses

Total Credits: 8

First Year

Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Spring Session

Total Credits: 3

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • Humanities  - Select General Education Humanities course Credits: 3 **
  • Mathematics  - Select General Education Mathematics course Credits: 3 **
  • Science  - Select General Education Science course Credits: 3 **
  • Social Science  - Select General Education Social Science course Credits: 3 **
Total Credits: 12

Winter Semester

  • Humanities  - Select General Education Humanities course Credits: 1 **
  • Social Science  - Select General Education Social Science course Credits: 3 **
  • Elective - Select course supportive of occupational and academic goals Credits: 3
Total Credits: 7

Program Total: 60 Credits

*Courses open only to students who are officially admitted to the Medical Assisting Program.

**Please check Schoolcraft General Education requirements to determine course options.

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