Medical Assistant (MA)

The Medical Assistant program at Cabarrus College prepares students to support medical providers by performing a variety of administrative tasks such as taking medical histories and managing medical records. Medical Assistants are also qualified to perform basic clinical duties such as taking vital signs, starting IVs, and performing venipuncture.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistant jobs are expected to have one of the highest rates of growth over the next 10 years.

Our program offers both a Medical Assistant diploma and an Associate of Science in Medical Assistant degree.

Diploma graduates are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Examination. In the past three years, 100% of our graduates have passed the certification exam and been qualified for healthcare-related opportunities. Diploma graduates are also eligible to pursue the associate degree that includes studies in behavioral and biological sciences and a medical assistant internship.

A career as a Medical Assistant is an attractive option for someone who is looking for a career change or entering the workforce for the first time.

The Mission of the Medical Assistant Program at Cabarrus College is to provide an atmosphere for qualified students to develop, enhance, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required to function as an entrylevel medical assistant in the ambulatory care setting.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with the associate's degree in Medical Assistant will be able to:

  • Apply concepts and skills needed for effective, individualized, and professional communication during the patient care experience.
  • Apply knowledge of MAERB Core Curriculum by completing and passing the core competencies and AAMA certification examination.
  • Demonstrate responsible and accountable professional behaviors and competencies required of the medical assistant.
  • Analyze the patient experience to provide optimum patient care.
  • Manage the medical record using the recommended practices and legal elements of proper documentation.

Certification Eligibility
The Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Medical Assistant Diploma Program is based on the accreditation standards and guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Assistant developed by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP grants accreditation to qualifying allied health programs. The standards and guidelines are the minimum standards of quality used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the medical assisting profession. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences was initially accredited in April 2000 and in May 2009 was granted continued accreditation through 2017. All graduates are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Examination after successful completion of the diploma portion of the program.

Outcome Reporting
The Medical Assistant Diploma Program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences wishes to report a five year weighted average of some of our outcomes from our accreditation Annual Report Form. For further information, please click the "Outcome Reporting" link to the left.

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