Medical Assistant Certificate
Board of Higher Education Approved Certificate Program
Massasoit offers quality training in Medical Assisting through a nine-month (full-time) certificate program on our Canton campus.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to become credentialed through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants after passing the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination.
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks. Duties vary with type of practice.
Administrative duties include greeting patients, demonstrating effective communication skills in a professional manner, telephone interaction, scheduling appointments, utilizing electronic health records, and practice management software programs.
Clinical duties include obtaining medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations (pediatrics to gerontology), performing EKG’s, sterilization of instruments, collecting and identifying specimens, routine urinalysis, fecal analysis, clinical bacteriology, and phlebotomy. Medical assistants who work for specialists will have additional duties.
A seven week/245-hour clinical practicum in a health maintenance organization/health care facility is required for graduation.
- Submit an application form to the Admissions Office. The Priority Application deadline is April 12, 2019. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Submit documentation of high school graduation, GED / HiSET, or other state approved equivalency credential (transcript or diploma). All foreign high school transcripts must be evaluated.
- Applicants must attend a Medical Assistant program information session, which includes an overview of the program with the program director and the associate director of admissions. Register for a medical information session online, or call 508-588-9100 x2114.
- Complete required college placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics. Schedule a testing appointment.
Graduates are in demand in HMO’s (Health Maintenance Organizations), out-patient facilities, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.
The Medical Assisting program at Massasoit has an exam passage rate of 85% based on the data from the 2016 graduation cohort, and a 100% graduate and employer satisfaction rate for the 2016 admission cohort report submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
Medical Assisting at Massasoit is accredited by the CAAHEP, on recommendation of the MAERB.
- Selective admissions program