Medical Assisting Certificate/Area of Specialization (3550)

The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

Administrative responsibilities may include telephone triage, updating and filing patient medical records, scheduling appointments, billing, and bookkeeping. Clinical duties may include taking vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, instructing patients, and performing basic diagnostic testing.

All students enrolled in a nursing or allied health program/certificate must complete a criminal background check. In accordance with clinical site requirements, students with a criminal record may be ineligible to participate in a clinical course/rotation/practicum. Delays, for any reason, in obtaining background results may cause an interruption in the clinical rotation sequence or inability to complete program requirements. Additional background screening may be required by individual facilities.

Drug testing may be requested in accordance with clinical affiliation requirements and/or for patient/student health and safety.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a "C" grade or higher is required in all science and program-specific courses for graduation.

The Lakeland Community College Medical Assisting Certificate 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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL  33763, phone: 727.210.2350,

Admission Procedures

Students must meet specific admission requirements for this program and are advised to meet with a counselor and the program director. All courses except MDAS courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the Medical Assisting program. Acceptance into the program takes place when a student has completed the Medical Assisting application and is enrolled in MDAS 1110 Introduction to Medical Assisting.

Option 1: High School Option

This option is for current high school seniors or high school graduates who apply to the program within two years of high school graduation.

  • Complete college application(s).
  • Composite score of 21 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) or combined score of 1400 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  • Place into MATH 1330 Statistics for the Health Sciences or higher or pass MATH 0850 Beginning Algebra.
  • Complete high school algebra, chemistry, and biology with a "C" grade or higher.
  • An overall high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.
  • Meet with a counselor to review program prerequisites and requirements.

Upon successful completion of the above criteria, the applicant will be admitted into the program. Students must complete HLTH 1215 Medical Terminology for Health Professions with a "C" grade or higher prior to enrolling in their first health technology course.

Option 2: College Option

This option is for students who do not qualify for admission under Option 1.

  • Complete college application(s).
  • Submit high school transcript as well as any college transcript.
  • Successful passing score on the required program pre-admission test.
  • Meet with a counselor to review program prerequisites and requirements.
  • The following course, or equivalent course at other regionally accredited colleges, must be completed with a "C" grade or higher
    • HLTH 1215 Medical Terminology for Health Professions 

NOTE 1:  Students are required to take the Math Placement Test and be placed into MATH 0850 Beginning Algebra or take MATH 0745 Essential Skills for Algebra

NOTE 2: Students completing this certificate/area of specialization will have also met the requirements for the Electrocardiography Certificate/Area of Specialization.

NOTE 3: MDAS 1700 Medical Assisting Practicum has prerequisites that include CPR-American Heart Association: Health Care Provider.

Option 3: Advanced Education Option

Students pursuing this option must have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing or Allied Health, Bachelor of Science Degree in a natural science, or an Associate of Science Degree to be waived from the pre-admission testing. All other Option 2 requirements apply.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
HLTH 1215 Medical Terminology for Health Professions 3
HLTH 1150
Introduction to Electronic Health Records
or Basic Computer Skills
 Credit Hours7
Second Semester
HLTH 1100 Introduction to U.S. Health Care System 2
HLTH 1238 Structure, Function, Disease, and Therapeutics of the Human Body 4
HLTH 1500 Ethics and Legal Issues for Health Professionals 2
HLTH 1600 Basic Pharmacology 2
MDAS 1110 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MDAS 1150 Medical Office Insurance and Reimbursements 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
HLTH 1700 Basic Electrocardiography 2
MDAS 1210 Basic Patient Skills 2
MDAS 1220 Specialty Medical Assisting 3
MDAS 1250 Medical Office Surgical Procedures 2
MDAS 1300 Physician Office Laboratory 2
PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology 2 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
1st 5 weeks  
MDLT 2151 Blood Collection Techniques 1
Full Summer Session  
MDAS 1700 Medical Assisting Practicum 3
MDAS 1800 Medical Assisting Seminar 1
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours42

English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the certificate).


Students completing this area of specialization for the Multi-Skilled Health Technology degree will use PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology to meet the Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives requirement.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view this program's Gainful Employment information.