Medical Assistant Certificate

Course Requirements

The Medical Assistant Program can begin during any semester and be completed on a full or part-time basis. The Curriculum must be completed within 3 years of matriculation date.

ID Title Class Lab Credits
Spring Semester
ALHT102R Medical Terminology 3 0 3
BUS106R Keyboarding 0 3 1
ALHT166R Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 0 3
PSYC101R Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Summer Semester
BCPT104R Word Processing (BUS106R) 2 3 3
SCI111R Human Biology 4 0 4
Fall Semester
BUS102R Business Correspondence 3 0 3
ALHT110R Pharmacology
(ALHT102R, ALHT130R, SCI111R or SCI201R)
3 0 3
ALHT121R Medical Office Practice I
(ALHT102R, BUS102R, BUS106R)
2 3 3
ALHT130R Clinical Procedures I
(SCI111R or SCI201R, ALHT102R)
3 3 4
Spring Semester
ALHT126R Introduction to Laboratory Procedures# (fall or spring semester) 2 3 3
ALHT124R Medical Office Practice II
(ALHT102R, ALHT121R, BUS102R, BUS106R)
2 3 3
ALHT135R MA Clinical Procedures II
(ALHT102R, ALHT110R, ALHT130R, SCI111R or SCI201R & SCI202R)
3 0 3
ALHT190R MA Affiliation I
(160 hrs) ALHT110R, ALHT126R, ALHT130R, ALHT135R)
0 0 3

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.Program of Study is subject to change.

Students who have completed PHBC110R or a certified Phlebotomy course or sufficient experience as a Phlebotomist and have the permission of the instructor and their program directof may take Introduction to Lab Procedures (Bridge) - ALHT127R course in lieu of Introduction to Laboratory Procedures - ALHT126R. Speak to your  Program Director directly for advising.

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes

(Day/Evening Program)

For more information about this program, please contact Lisa Gould. 603-542-7744 x5428.

Medical assistants are in demand!

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (, Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and out-patient care facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants.

In the specialized world of health care, one versatile professional stands out: the CMA (AAMA). This credential represents a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) who has achieved certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) is in greater demand than ever.

A professional’s skills are largely determined by professional education. The CMA (AAMA) is the only credential that requires candidates to be graduates of a programmatically accredited medical assisting program.

What do medical assistants do?

Medical assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics and group practices. These multiskilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures. (Duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, and specialty.)

Administrative duties may include...

       •     Using computer applications

       •     Answering telephones

       •     Updating and filing patient medical records

       •     Coding and filling out insurance forms

       •     Scheduling appointments

       •     Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services

       •     Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping

Clinical duties vary according to state law and include...

       •     Taking medical histories

       •     Preparing patients for examination

       •     Assisting the physician during the exam

       •     Performing basic laboratory tests

       •     Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician

       •     Drawing blood

       •     Taking electrocardiograms

       •     Removing sutures and changing dressings

A detailed Occupational Analysis of the CMA (AAMA) is available at

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses to progress within the program and graduate. Affiliation I is an unpaid, supervised on-site work experience consisting of a 160 hour clinical rotation in an ambulatory healthcare setting, performing psychomotor and affective competencies. Transportation to the site is the student’s responsibility.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the CMA (AAMA) Certification- Completing students may take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination no more than 30 days prior to completing their formal education and Affiliation.

Admission Requirements

  • Meet the college requirements for admission
  • Minimum Accuplacer scores for course registration: SCI111R, ALHT110R; Pharmacology - Arithmetic 64 or permission for the Program Director
  • Have manual dexterity, hearing and visual abilities that meet technical standards for medical assisting
  • Participate in a personal interview with the Program Director
  • Students may be required to submit a Criminal Background Check to an affiliation site
  • Prior to affiliation, submit evidence of a current immunization record and CPR certification to the MA Program Director


The River Valley Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 1361 Park Street, Clearwater Florida, 33756, (727) 210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the CMA Exam without a waiver from the Certifying Board of the AAMA. More information is available on the College website.

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