50th Anniversary

Medical Assisting

Program Goals: 
This program prepares students for a career as a medical assistant. The program goals are to provide quality, outcome based and competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge) psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) skills.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing entry-level clinical and administrative procedures of the medical assistant profession
  • Work under the direction of a physician in an ethical, legal and safe manner
  • Achieve employment as an entry-level medical assistant
  • Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills including written, verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Recognize the importance of continued professional development
  • Apply principles of teaching and learning into the delivery of care to patients and families
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link: http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are required. Finger printing and drug testing maybe required.  
Additional Cost: 
See http://www.qcc.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/program-fees for program fees for this program. (Note: Not all programs have program fees). Students should anticipate additional expenses for uniforms/clinical wear, textbooks, professional liability insurance, licensing examinations, and parking fees at clinical sites.
Technical Performance Standards: 
See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards)
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning. Please contact the Student Employment and Transfer Center at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508.854.4439, Room 272 A.
Career Outlook: 
Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/ or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 51.0801.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html. More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer.
Additional Information: 
  • The Quinsigamond Community College Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.
  • Students accepted to the Medical Assistant program must:
    • Obtain CPR certification, Healthcare Provider (Red Cross) OR BLS for Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association), prior to beginning the fieldwork experience (externship).
    • Provide documentation of immunization currency & satisfactory health status and be cleared by the QCC Healthcare Data Administrator by September 15th or January 15th of Fieldwork Experience.
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Introduction to Medical Terminology ALH 102 F/S/SU     3 Coreq – ENG 100 or approp place score
Medical Office Administration I ALH 151 F     3

ENG 100 or approp place score

Coreq – ALH 102, BSS 101

Principles of Human Biology or BIO 100 F/S/SU     4 ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to the Human Body* BIO 140 F/S/SU     4 ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications CIS 111 F/S/SU     3  
English Composition & Literature I ENG 101 F/S/SU     3 ENG 100 or approp place score
Clinical Procedures I MSS 151 F     4 Coreq – ALH 151
Semester 2
Medical Office Administration II ALH 152 S     3 ALH 151
Medical Coding and Billing ALH 107 F/S     3

ENG 100 or approp place score

Coreq –ALH 102

Clinical Procedures II MSS 251 S     4 MSS 151
Principles of Pharmacology MSS 252 S     2 MSS 151
Coreq – MSS 251
Fieldwork Experience MSS 299 F/S     4 BIO 100 or BIO 140, ENG 101, MSS 151. Coreq MSS 251, PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology PSY 101 F/S/SU     3 Coreq – ENG 100 or approp place score
Total Credits Required:         39  

Program Notes:

  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for BIO 100, and all MSS courses in order to remain in and advance through the program.
    *BIO 111, BIO 112 acceptable for BIO 100