Medical Assisting Diploma
Offered at the Following Campus Locations
The Medical Assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.
Satisfactory completion of all program courses entitles students to participate in the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) examination and certification process. Many employers require candidates to hold a CMA for entry level employment. Application assistance and fee for the exam is included in the Medical Assisting Externship course (MAST 1170).
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 – 113th St., N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; Phone: 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org.
Outcomes for the Medical Assisting Program
Results from 2019 MAERB Annual Report
- The Medical Assisting program at Savannah Technical College has a graduation rate of 73.3%.
- Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Savannah Technical College are satisfied with the education that they receive; 100% graduate satisfaction is reported for the 2018 graduating class.
- Five-year average for retention: 83.6%.*
- Five-year average for job placement: 85.9%.
*Retention average = Total graduated over the 5-year period plus total students in-progress for the 5-year period divided by the total number of students admitted for the 5-year period.
**Job Placement average = Total number of in-field placements over the 5-year period divided by the total number of graduates over the 5-year period.
This program requires either the ACCUPLACER or COMPASS college placement test and High School Diploma or GED. Minimum Required Age of 16.
ACCUPLACER minimum scores:Reading Comprehension 55, Sentence Skills 60, Arithmetic 34
COMPASS minimum scores: Reading 70, Writing 32, Mathematics 26
The Medical Assisting diploma program utilizes a competitive entry process and requires the completion of the Heath Care Assistant Certificate with any approved specialization OR the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certificate plus the required core classes as part of the its admission process. Applications are accepted from April 1 until May 1 of each year for a Fall (August) start. The Medical Assisting diploma program starts one (1) cohort each academic year. Meeting the minimal program requirements does not guarantee acceptance in the program. For additional information on program requirements, click on the link below or contact the department head for the Medical Assisting program.
Note: Students may be required to successfully pass criminal background check and drug screen analysis before placement in clinical settings.