Medical Assistant Technology (492E)

Southern State Health Sciences Banner, Billing & Coding Specialist

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 view current Job Postings related to the Medical Assistant Technology Program visit:

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Additional information can be found in the the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or the Summary Report for Medical Assistant Technology.

The program is designed to be completed in three semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Students should complete the program within the specified timeframe. Entrance into the Medical Assistant Technology Program requires a meeting with the Medical Assistant Program Director and submission of the required documents listed on the Medical Assistant Technology Program Information packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to entering the Medical Assistant Technology Program. Continuation in the Medical Assistant Technology Program requires a minimum grade of "C" 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.

Step 1 - Apply for Admission to Southern State.

Step 2 - Thoroughly read and complete the Medical Assistant Technology Program Information Packet

Enrollment in Medical Assisting courses is limited. Entrance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis after the above criteria are met. After entry, 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.

Step 3 - Submit the required documentation.

Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents.

  • 1. Medical Assistant Technology Student Information Form
  • 2. Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 3. Eligibility for Clinical Placement Information Sheet
  • 4. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate. Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Dean of Student Affairs and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites
  • 5. 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)

Entrants who do not submit all required documents will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Medical Assisting Office to personally deliver your completed program information packet or review option for e-submission. On your request, when hand delivering your documents to the Medical Assisting Office, the content of your information packet will be reviewed to identify that all required documentation are 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. Though, completion of courses 'out of sequence' could/may drop a students credit hours which could impact their Financial Aid.

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

Step 1 - Pathway to Medical Assistant Technology Certificate

Fall Semester | Year One

Fall Semester A-Term
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1101 Introduction to Medical Assisting & Procedures 3
MAST 1111 Medical Administrative Procedures 3
Fall Semester B-Term
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 2240 Clinical Procedures 3
MAST 2218 Medical Billing & Coding 3
Fall Semester
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
ALTH 1160 Electronic Health Records 2

After successful completion of semester courses, meet with the program director to discuss options for completion of professional credentialing examinations offered by American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Spring Semester | Year One

Spring Semester A-Term
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 2215 Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MAST 2230 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 3
Spring Semester B-Term
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1126 Clinical Practicum I 1
MAST 2226 Clinical Practicum II 1
Spring Semester
Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MAST 2297 Medical Assisting Review 2

After successful completion of semester courses, meet with the program director to discuss options for completion of professional credentialing examinations offered by American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Program Total: 36 plus any pre-requisites

Step 2 - Pathway to 492 Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Completion of the Medical Assistant Technology Certificate is stackable within the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting Degree Program. Most of the required AAS Pathway courses include online offerings, allowing degree completion while working in the field. Meet with the Program Director for a complete Program Outline for A.A.S. Medical Assisting - See Program 492/492E.

Fall Semester | Year Two

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 1510 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 1511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
CSCI 1101 Computer Keyboarding 1
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Spring Semester | Year Two

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 1520 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 1521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
PSYC 1111 Life Span & Human Development 3
Program Total: 60 plus any pre-requisites

Pathway to Phlebotomy Technician Credentialing Exam

Spring Semester

Add ALTH 2201 - Phlebotomy Technology and ALTH 2225 - Phlebotomy Practicum to be eligible to complete the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) credential through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) credential through American Medical Technologists (AMT) and/or the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Step 3 - Pathway to Bachelor's Degree

Transfer to one of our Partner Universities for a Bachelor's in Healthcare Management OR Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration.

  • Franklin University
  • University of Phoenix
  • American College of Education
  • Indiana Wesleyan University

The Southern State Community College Medical Assistant Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
  • Seminole, FL 33775
  • 727.210.2350
  • www.caahep.org

MEDICAL ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OUTCOMES
3-Year Weighted Average
(based on 2022 Annual Report)

SSCC Cohort Program Retention
(SSCC program graduates)
Graduate Satisfaction
(SSCC program graduates returning surveys)
2021 100% 100%
2020 100% 100%
2019 83.33% 100%
3-Year Aggregate 94.443% 100%

The Medical Assisting Program, now with an accredited certificate offering within an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, was first offered in the 1978 catalog and began the data collection process for program accreditation application in 1991. Initial program accreditation was awarded in 1994, with re-accreditation in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014, and 2018, with ongoing program accreditation reassessment survey to be completed in 2028.

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.

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

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