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Medical Assisting (492)

Southern State Health Sciences Banner, Medical Assisting

Offered on: Central Campus (Day)

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.

To learn more about careers related to the Medical Assisting Program view:

Jobs and Salary

Additional information can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Summary Report for Medical Assistants, or at Ohio Means Jobs.

Transfer Agreements

Southern State has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions. Find the transfer agreements for Medical Assisting below.

  • Franklin University
  • University of Phoenix

Interested in a Certificate Program?

View our Medical Assisting Technology Program.

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, a minimum grade of C in all other required courses and a minimum cumulative and most current completed term grade point average of 2.4 to participate in the practicum experience. There is a time limit on completion of program requirements. Algebra and biology courses should have been completed within the past five years or updating courses is required. Graduates are eligible to earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exam and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential through American Medical Technologists (AMT) credentialing exam.

Program Outcomes


  • To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • To maintain a Medical Assisting program consistent with the guidelines of the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), with Ohio statues and regulations for the college.
  • To maintain a Medical Assisting program that is up-to-date with the changing health care field.
  • To work with students, college, and community to provide a program that meets the needs of health care and the communities of interest.


  • Review literature, publications, and attend seminars that are health-related to maintain awareness of changes in the health care field and instructional/educational changes.
  • Review and revise the Medical Assisting curriculum on a regular yearly basis.
  • Review and revise the Medical Assisting program course syllabi on a regular yearly basis.
  • Maintain the scheduled meetings of the Medical Assisting Advisory Committee to gain information on local health care in order to incorporate this into the curriculum.
  • Survey practicum sites to gain input into the strengths and/or weaknesses of the Medical Assisting program and incorporate this information into the Advisory Committee and into curriculum review.
  • Maintain an active professional development program to keep staff abreast in current health care and in education/instruction.
  • Encourage participation in the Medical Assisting Student Organization (MASO) and in community projects that are health related. The student organization is governed by its membership with the approval of actions by the Faculty Advisor

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

Application Accepted: February 1 until available seats are filled

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 and the Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 2. Eligibility for Clinical Placement
  • 3. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate. Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 4. AND one of the following:
    • (A) printed copy of your Southern State Course History listing, including previously received transcript information, verifying minimum GPA of 2.0, and completion of ENGL 0097 or 0099 and MATH 1116 with a final grade of C or higher (review pre-requisite options for ENGL 1101 and MATH 1135). Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted) OR
    • (B) SSCC ACCUPLACER Assessment scores indicating readiness for ENGL 1101, MATH 1135 and a minimum Work Keys Assessment Level Silver OR
    • (C) TEAS Assessment Level Basic

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Medical Assisting Office to personally deliver your completed program application or review option for e-submission. 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).


Core Education and Open Enrollment MAST/ALTH courses may be completed prior to entry into the program or during the appropriate semester of the medical assisting program.

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

Note: Graduates also earn the Medical Assistant Technology (492E) Certificate and are eligible to complete multiple credentialing exams upon successful program completion.

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CSCI 1101 Computer Keyboarding 1
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
MAST 1111 Medical Administrative Procedures 3
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1160 Electronic Health Records 2
BIOL 2206 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
MAST 1101 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
PSYC 1111 Life Span & Human Development 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1126 Clinical Practicum I 1
MAST 2212 Medical Transcription 3
MAST 2215 Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MAST 2218 Medical Billing & Coding 3
MAST 2240 Clinical Procedures 3
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MAST 2220 Emergency Medical Procedures 3
MAST 2226 Clinical Practicum II 1
MAST 2230 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 3
MAST 2297 Medical Assisting Review 2
Program Total: 60 plus any pre-requisites

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Medical Assisting / Allied Health Office & Faculty

The Medical Assisting / Allied Health Office is located in room 182 on Central Campus and operates Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

  • 800.628.7722 x2739
  • Medical Assisting/Allied Health Office
  • Southern State Community College
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, OH 45133