Academic Catalog

Medical Assistant, Associate in Applied Science (MED)

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Effective: Spring 2017

The Medical Assistant program prepares students as multi-skilled health care workers who function as assistants to physicians and other health care professionals in a variety of ambulatory care settings. The responsibilities of the medical assistant include administrative and clinical duties.

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all Allied Health and Nursing (AHN) courses.


Medical Assistant applicants are required to take college placement tests in math, reading and English upon applying to the college.  Any deficiencies should be remedied prior to registering for AHM 106 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I


Medical Assistant students must progress through the curriculum in the sequence required by MAERB, our program accrediting body. Required medical assistant competencies may not be assessed until the student has taken or is taking AHM 106 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I.

Divisional approval is required for Medical Assistant majors in the following four courses where competencies are assessed: 

AHM 130Medical Coding Concepts for Allied Health3
AHM 185Medical Office Management4
AHM 106Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I4
AHM 107Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II4


Certain functional abilities that will enable the student to competently perform required technical skills are necessary for completion of the program. A functional abilities inventory is required from each student prior to externship. Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis.


Students may be removed from the program for violation of safety, confidentiality or for behavior that is incompatible with the DCCC Code of Conduct pending outcome of an appeal.


Selected clinical externship sites will be provided in local medical offices under the supervision of allied health instructors.  The externship is a learning experience giving the student the opportunity to utilize learned skills in the medical office environment. The student may not receive monetary remuneration or other reimbursement. Students are required to carry liability insurance while in externship which is included in tuition.

In addition to normal tuition and fees, Medical Assistant students will have the following additional expenses for externship: uniform, name tag, stethoscope, personal insurance, cost of a physical exam, required vaccines, drug screen, PA background check, PA Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Background check including fingerprints, current CPR, and a program package form Castle Branch for collection of externship documents.

Documentation of the following must be on file by the provided deadline while student is enrolled in AHM 107 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II.  Students will be unable to go on externship if there are missing documents.

  • FBI Criminal Background Check (including fingerprints)
  • Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance from state of residency.
  • Complete physical examination including laboratory testing
  • Seasonal flu vaccine
  • Covid Vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 10 panel drug screens
  • Two-step Mantoux PPD or QuantiFERON test
  • Current CPR for Health Provider:
    • American Heart Association – "Basic Life Support" OR
    • American Red Cross – "BLS/CPR for Healthcare"

Third-party entities, such as clinical sites, require criminal background checks as a condition participating in externship in a medical office. Even if you have chosen the Medical Assistant Program as your major, sites may refuse you access to the facilities if the criminal background check does not meet the facility’s standards.  The Medical Assistant Program will attempt to make other arrangements for such students to fulfill clinical requirements but may not be able to do so.

Details will be provided, and documents will be collected in AHM 107 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II.

Medical Assisting Students are required to sit for the national certification exam offered by the American Association Medical Assistants (AAMA) during a designated time.  The cost of the exam is included in the AHM 107 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II tuition.  The exam is a requirement of AHM 199 Medical Assistant Externship


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
  • Perform the administrative and clinical duties necessary to serve as a medical assistant, assistant to a physician and other health care professionals.
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues associated with the medical assistant profession.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals to provide care to patients in an outpatient setting.
  • Apply clinical reasoning skills to accurately triage patients with acute and chronic disease processes in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to safely prepare and administer proper dosages of medications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information including electronic health records.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
PSY 140 General Psychology 3
AHM 233 Medical Terminology 3
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
AHM 104 Body Structure and Function I 1 3
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
Second Semester
AHM 140 Professional and Communication Issues in Health Care 3
AHM 102 Introduction to Health Care 3
AHM 105 Body Structure and Function II 1 3
MAT 120
Modern College Mathematics
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Third Semester
AHM 106 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I 4
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
AHM 185 Medical Office Management 4
AHA 207 Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management 3
Fourth Semester
AHM 107 Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum II 4
AHM 130 Medical Coding Concepts for Allied Health 3
AHM 220 Applied Microbiology 1
AHM 208 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Interpersonal Communication  
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Fifth Semester
AHM 199 Medical Assistant Externship 6
 Total Hours62

BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology II can be substituted for AHM 104 Body Structure and Function I and AHM 105 Body Structure and Function II.

The Delaware County Community College Medical Assistant 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 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Student Outcomes

Over the past five years, the Medical Assistant Program at Delaware County Community College has awarded 89 associate degrees and 53 certificates. Graduate surveys for both programs (AAS & Cert) demonstrated 100 percent satisfaction rates.  

                         Retention       Job Placement   Exam Participation
     Program         2017                    2018                2017 & 2018         

     AAS           90.67%           72.73%                100%

     Cert            82.35%          92.86%               100%