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Medical Assistant

Why Choose the Medical Assistant Program?

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals with a variety of duties in the workplace. As such, CPTC's Medical Assistant program curriculum covers a wide range of areas, including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, oral and written communication, administrative procedures, financial record keeping, mathematics, insurance billing and medical coding, basic office diagnostic procedures, principles of pharmacology and medication administration, venipuncture, medical and surgical asepsis, and microbiology.

Students receive training in administrative and clinical procedures performed in physicians' offices and/or clinics, and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

If you have a passion for helping people and are comfortable communicating with a diverse patient population and assisting in a wide range of areas in the office, this program and career path might be the right one for you.

This program starts Winter and Summer Quarters.


Our Medical Assistant program can prepare you to perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics and other outpatient health care settings. 

How Long It Takes:

Medical Assistant AAT Degree: 5 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

The five-year average for the exam passage rate for the years 2018-2022 is 81.94%.


Potential Careers

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Career & Wages Details

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Career Pathway

Occupational Risks

Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patiernts, with the goal of providing healthcare and ensuring patient safety. As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant. Occupational risks can result in harm to the physical, mental and/or emotional wellbeing of any healthcare professional. Those risks include but are not limited to the following.

  • latex allergies
  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Biological hazards
  • Chemical exposure
  • Drug exposure
  • Stress
  • Slips and falls
  • Injuries caused by patient violence
  • Repetitive strain injuries like back and neck strain
  • Mental, emotional burnout and/or harm

There are protections set up by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration )OSHA). OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety and healthcare of workers and patients. 

More information on CPTC's policies and procedures can be found at:


Meet Your Instructors

Michele Jones

Bldg 21, Rm 121


Medical Assistant Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.

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