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Medical Assisting Diploma

Medical assistants are valuable in any team of caregivers, and with the national shortage of healthcare workers, opportunity for employment is ample.

As a medical assistant, the student will help care for patients by providing routine treatment and performing laboratory or office duties. Typical duties include scheduling and receiving patients; taking temperature, blood pressure, height and weight measurements; assisting in examinations; and keeping medical records. He or she will have a background in computerized databases as well as in customer service. Under a doctor's direction as a medical assistant, you may give injections, assist in collecting samples for analysis, perform standard laboratory tests, order and maintain supplies, and assist in minor surgery and wound care.

After graduation, the student will have many choices for future employment, including private physicians' offices, clinics, emergency-care facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.

The student will take the certification examination after graduation and will be certified upon passing the exam.

Students are admitted every semester in the Health Care Assistant or the Healthcare Science Program in order to complete prerequisite core courses. Those who have completed prerequisite coursework compete for admission into the program during summer semester Students are accepted during fall semester.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredits the Columbus Technical College's Medical Assisting Program upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE). CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, 312.553.9355.

Mission and Core Values

AAMA Mission

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

CMA (AAMA) Core Values

Actively participate in the delivery of quality health care.
Promote patient safety and well-being.

Contribute to a positive health care experience for patients.
Demonstrate integrity and respect, and protect patient confidentiality.

Advocate the essential value of certification and continuing education.
Embrace change, growth, and learning.

Program Admission Requirements for Medical Assisting

(Competitive Admission)

  1. Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office
  2. Be at least 17 years old.
  3. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program
  4. Must have minimum Reading and Writing COMPASS scores and these scores can not be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete. COMPASS scores will be 50% of the total score, and courses marked by an asterick will be 50% of the total score-these will determine program admission.
  5. Complete prerequisite courses for your intended program as listed on web site by the end of Summer semester
  6. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 at the end of Spring semester.
  7. Submit packet containing the following:

  • Letter of Intent -CTC Forms
  • Personal Data Form - CTC Forms
  • Documentation that he/she can type at least 25 words per minute. Assessments are conducted in the C.A.R.E. center, Room P600. If current student has taken BUSN 1440 with passing grade, no typing assessment is needed.
  1. Submit the following completed forms after program acceptance:

All forms must still be completed and turned in by July 1 of each year to be considered for program admission.

Entrance into any healthcare program is contingent upon completion of a Background Check/Drug Screen from H.I.R.E. which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program. Please read over the competitive admission policy and the program progression policy.

  • Competitive Admission Policy
  • Program Progression Policy

Curriculum Outline

All pre-requisite courses and occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

(62 Semester Hours)

General Core Courses





First Semester Seminar


MATH 1012*#

Foundations of Mathematics


ENGL 1010*#

Fundamentals of English I


PSYC 1010

Basic Psychology


Fundamental Occupational Courses




ALHS 1011

Anatomy and Physiology


ALHS 1040*#

Introduction to Healthcare


ALHS 1090*#

Medical Terminology


BUSN 1440

Document Production


MAST 1010

Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office


MAST 1030

Pharmacology in the Medical Office


MAST 1060

Medical Office Procedures


Specific Occupational Courses




COMP 1000#

Introduction to Computers


MAST 1080

Medical Assisting Skills I


MAST 1090

Medical Assisting Skills II


MAST 1100

Medical Insurance Management


MAST 1110

Administrative Practice Management


MAST 1120

Human Pathological Conditions in the Medical Office


MAST 1170

Medical Assisting Externship


MAST 1180

Medical Assisting Seminar


* Denotes courses that are used for ranking in competitive admission

# Denotes all courses must be completed prior to program admission

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