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Medical Assistant

About the Program

The Medical Assistant Program begins May 22, 2023. 

A Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health professional who works primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. The Medical Assistant functions as a member of the health care delivery team by performing a variety of administrative tasks and by assisting with clinical procedures to facilitate the work of the physician. The Medical Assistant is essential in the smooth workflow of a medical office. 

The two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Medical Assistant Program at Rock Valley College prepares graduates in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for an entry-level Medical Assistant position. The program follows the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) core curriculum required by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Instruction is delivered in the classroom, skills lab, and clinical setting, including a final 200-hour non-paid externship in a physician’s office. 

Course Information

Medical Assistant Course Requirements (60 credits)

First Semester (Fall, General Education Requirements)

Number Title
  BIO-100 Introductory Human Biology
  CHM-110 General Organic & Biochemistry I
  ENG-101 Composition I
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication

*Courses in the first semester are prerequisites and require a grade of “C” or higher to proceed.

Second Semester (Spring)

Number Title
  BIO-185 Foundations Anatomy & Physiology
  HLT-110 Medical Terminology
  MDA-101 Introduction to Medical Assisting
  PHL-153 Medical Ethics

*Registration for MDA-101 requires instructor approval. Please contact Colinda Kram or Amanda Lonsway for more information.

Third Semester (Summer)

Number Title
  MDA-102 Patho-Pharmacology for Medical Assistant

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Number Title
  OFF-144 Insurance Procedures/Medical Office
  OFF-147 Coding
  MDA-103 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures I

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Number Title
  OFF-245 Intro to Health Information Tech
  OFF-250 Health Care Revenue Cycle
  MDA-104 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures II
  FWS-237 Nutrition for Optimum Living

Sixth Semester (Summer)

Number Title
  MDA-105 Medical Assistant Externship
  MDA-106 Medical Assistant Seminar

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. More Medical Assistants are employed by practicing physicians than any other type of allied health personnel.

Program Pathways 

Students should meet with a Career Advisor to develop a clear academic pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with a Career Advisor

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: 
  • Incorporate clinical and theoretical knowledge while safely performing clinical skills efficiently. 
  • Apply computer skills while entering varying data accurately. 
  • Prioritize patient care support activities effectively and efficiently. 
  • Combine varying methods of communication to support patient centered care. 
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in the Medical Assistant profession. 

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and earn the credential of CMA-AAMA.