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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Medical Assisting

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Associate in Science

Lowell Campus - Day, Starts Fall or Spring Semester

Note:  The Medical Assisting Associate Degree is an option for students who have completed the MCC Medical Assisting Certificate program prior to Fall 2019.  Students currently enrolled in, or who completed the Medical Assisting Certificate program in May 2020 or after are encouraged to explore the Liberal Studies: Health Science Career  as an associate  degree option.

Program Description:

The primary goal of the Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor), and professional behavior (affective) learning domains. Students with different learning styles will obtain knowledge (cognitive domain) by using lecture, visual aids, assessments and externships to ensure mastery of core content. Students will learn professional behavior (affective domain), through the use of scenarios to demonstrate communication and critical thinking skills which will prepare them for situations they will experience in the workplace. Additionally, students will learn and practice “hands on” (psychomotor domain) skills in the laboratory setting before attending externship to verify competency as an “entry level medical assistant.”

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  • Career and Transfer Outlook:

    Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in various outpatient settings, including hospital clinics, group and individual physicians’ practices, chiropractor and podiatrist offices.

    Helpful Hints:

    Most general education credits taken to complete the Associate in Science degree, will transfer to other colleges.

    Program Outcomes:

    Graduates of the Medical Assisting degree program are prepared to:

  • Use the knowledge and skills of the profession in order to function effectively as an entry-level medical assistant;
  • Understand, interpret and analyze knowledge, particularly related to current scientific and medical practice and the medical assisting profession;
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with patients and colleagues;
  • Produce medical reports and error-free letters;
  • Utilize technology to record clinical, financial and demographic data;
  • Calculate account balances, and find and evaluate appropriate scientific information related to current medical practice;
  • View historical, scientific, medical and aesthetic phenomena from a global perspective;
  • Demonstrate empathy and caring for diverse populations, and maintain patient confidentiality as required by federal HIPAA regulations;
  • Practice within the ethical and legal guidelines appropriate for the profession of medical assisting;
  • Be professionally and personally accountable, to work effectively with others, to adapt to change and to plan for lifelong learning.


Total Credits: 60-62

*Math must be MAT 120 or above
**If math, must be MAT 120 or above

Admission Information:

Required Prerequisite: Completion of Medical Assisting Certificate.

Testing: Placement above or completion of MAT 080 or Preparation for College Math.

Deadline: Priority consideration is given to applications, including all requirements, received by March 30.

Standard/Technical Skills Notice: To view a list of standard and/or technical skills required for performing duties in various health career fields, visit the Middlesex Community College Health Division website ( or the Student Information Centers. These skills are not conditions for admission to MCC programs, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for successful completion of college Health programs, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.

Special Requirements for Medical Assisting Degree: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. The Ethics or Values or Social Policy and Written Communication intensive requirement must be met through elective coursework. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.

Science courses being applied to this program must have been completed within five years of entering the program.

Requirements After Admission:

  • Students must submit required documentation of health status which includes a completed physical examination, a two-step Mantoux (TB/PPD) skin test or blood test (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold) for tuberculosis, a color deficiency test, proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and one lifetime dose of TDAP. Directions on submission of the information is included in the admission package.
  • Students enrolled in the program must demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance in class and clinical settings in order to remain in the program.

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