Medical Assisting (492)

Southern State Health Sciences

Nature of Profession

The medical assistant is trained to work primarily in a physician’s office. They may choose to work as a receptionist in a hospital or physician’s office, a transcriptionist, insurance specialist, financial secretary, billing and collection specialist, laboratory assistant, or a clinical assistant involved in patient care.

Related Job Titles

Some job titles in the field of medical assisting include clinical assistants, computerized medical office manager, lab assistant, medical receptionist, medical records clerk, transcriptionist, out-patient clinics medical assistant and X-ray aide.

Program Design

The program is designed to be completed in four semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Some students may choose to pursue the degree on a part-time basis (within eight semesters). Students should complete the program within the specified timeframe. Admission to the Medical Assisting Program requires written acceptance by the Medical Assisting Program Director according to the admission requirements listed on the Medical Assisting Program application packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the Medical Assisting Program. Continuation in the Medical Assisting Program requires a minimum grade of "B" in MAST/ALTH courses with a minimum cumulative and most current completed quarter grade point average of 2.4 to participate in the practicum experience.

Application Process

Enrollment in Medical Assisting courses is limited. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after the above criteria are met. After acceptance, but before beginning their practicum experience, students will be required to:

  • 1. provide medical examination and immunization information indicating they meet the health requirements (have the physical and emotional stamina) to pursue this career for practicum experiences;
  • 2. complete a criminal background record check at the practicum orientation with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences; delayed results will require dropping the scheduled practicum;
  • 3. complete a standard drug screen with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences;
  • 4. purchase student liability insurance;
  • 5. provide proof of or purchase personal health insurance; and
  • 6. purchase the required student uniform.

Application Submission

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents.

  • 1. Medical Assisting Application
  • 2. Program Agreement Form
  • 3. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate
  • 4. Southern State course history listing (must be printed from MyRecords [select Academics > My Grades > Undergraduate (under "Division") > All Terms This Division])
  • 5. Transcripts from any accredited institution (recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation) previously attended
    • Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Director of Admissions and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Program Director to turn in your completed program application. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Medical Assisting Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor may disqualify a candidate from being certified by the State of Ohio (as outlined in Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code).


The Southern State Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 1361 Park Street
  • Clearwater, FL 33756
  • 727.210.2350


First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1101 Introduction to Medical Assisting & Procedures 2
MAST 1111 Medical Administrative Procedures 3
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
OFIT 1106 Keyboarding Techniques I 3
BIOL 1104 Human Biology I 4
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
BIOL 1105 Human Biology II 4
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
ALTH 1160 Electronic Health Records 2
MAST 1126 Clinical Practicum I 1
MAST 2212 Medical Transcription 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 2215 Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MAST 2218 Medical Billing & Coding I 2
MAST 2225 Clinical Practicum II 1
MAST 2240 Clinical Procedures 3
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MAST 2219 Medical Billing & Coding II 3
MAST 2220 Emergency Medical Procedures 3
MAST 2226 Clinical Practicum III 1
MAST 2230 Pharmocology 2
MAST 2297 Medical Assisting Review 2
PSYC 1111 Life Span & Human Development 3
Program Total: 63