Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Certificate program provides entry-level education for individuals interested in a health profession. Medical Assistants are allied health professionals who assist the physicians in the medical setting; they perform routine administrative and clinical tasks in order to keep the physician’s office running efficiently.

This program is designed for full-time or part-time enrollment.

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

This organization can be contacted at: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; 1361 Park Street; Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350.

Admissions Requirement:

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Completion and compliance with College of the Mainland’s Application for Admission. Apply to the college at www.com.edu/apply.
  3. Approved Criminal Background Check
  4. Approved Drug Screen

Graduation Requirements

  1. completed the prescribed courses listed in this Catalog with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better,
  2. passed each MDCA class listed in the prescribed course of study with a grade of “C” (75%) or better,
  3. met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements.

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.  Program specific information will be provided in course syllabi.

Stackable Credentials

  1. Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting
  2. Certificate - Medical Assisting

Stackable Credentials 

  1. Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting
  2. Certificate - Medical Assisting - Basic

Full-Time Schedules

Medical Assisting - Basic

Level One Certificate

  • Prepares the student for entry-level front office

  • Focus is on Administrative procedures including Medisoft and the Electronic Health Record, Interpersonal communication skills and professionalism

  • Two semester Level 1 certificate program. 

  • Must complete the Level II Medical Assisting Certificate to sit for Certified Medical Assisting Exam

Full-Time Student Schedule 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
HPRS 1201 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #2
MDCA 1305 Medical Law and Ethics 3
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours21

Certificate - Medical Assisting

Level Two Certificate

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #2
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
MDCA 1452 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 4
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications 4
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #3
MDCA 1305 Medical Law and Ethics 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1460 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 4
MDCA 1254 Certified Medical Assistant Exam Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours37

Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting

Full-Time Student Schedule 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1342 Elem Statistical Methods 3
HPRS 1201 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
COSC 1301
Introduction to Computing
or Business Computer Applications
3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #2
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
MDCA 1452 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 4
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications 4
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #4
MDCA 1305 Medical Law and Ethics 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1460 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 4
MDCA 1254 Certified Medical Assistant Exam Review 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Schedule

Certificate - Medical Assisting

Level Two Certificate

Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1321 Administrative Procedures 3
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
 Semester Credit Hours10
Semester #2
MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 3
MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #3 (Summer)
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
MDCA 1452 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #4
MDCA 1448 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications 4
MDCA 1305 Medical Law and Ethics 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #5 (Fall)
MDCA 1460 Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant 4
MDCA 1254 Certified Medical Assistant Exam Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours37
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