Medical Assisting C.A.

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Medical Assisting C.A.

Department: Health Occupations

Total Credit Hours: 35 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (3 credits) 
Mathematics MAT 096 or placement into MAT 098 Pre-Algebra 4
Core Course Requirements (31 credits)
HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 141  Pathophysiology 3
MDA 115 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds # 2
MDA 116 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds Clinical # 1
MDA 120 Administrative Procedures # 3
MDA 121 Medical Specialities # 2
MDA 122 Medical Specialities Lab # 1
MDA 140 Procedures in a Clinical Setting # 2
MDA 141 Procedures in a Clinical Setting Clinical # 1
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
MDA 150 Professional Capstone # 1
MDA 151 Clinical Externship # 4
Total Required Hours: 35 credits

(#)Program Requirement: Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification prior to any MDA coursework.

What Is Medical Assisting C.A.?

The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As more doctors open new offices or join established practices the need for well-trained assistants increases. Medical assistants are trusted with huge responsibilities, both administrative and clinical. A day’s work may have you scheduling appointments, preparing patients for examination, recording vital signs, arranging hospital admissions, handling laboratory specimens, sterilizing instruments, calling in prescriptions, drawing blood, filing insurance, removing sutures, taking electrocardiograms, and more. Certificate programs prepare you for entry-level employment.

The Medical Assistant program consists of two semesters of program coursework including a 202-hour clinical externship, which concludes in a Certificate of Achievement and eligibility to sit for the state board exams through American Medical Technologists. Successful completion of state boards results in the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential.

This program prepares students to work as multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained in administrative, laboratory, and clinical processes. Core courses provide training for phlebotomy, sterilization techniques, minor surgery setup, office lab diagnostic procedures, and more. Medical assistants work side-by-side with physicians of all specialties, nurses, and others on the health care team, treating patients of all ages.

Admission Requirements

  • Apply to St. Charles Community College
  • Complete the assessment test, when applicable, in the Assessment Center (SC 133)
  • Complete MAT 096+ or assess into MAT 098+
  • Apply for the program with an Allied Health Advisor (

Once accepted to the program, students must obtain the Basic Life Support - CPR for Healthcare Providers certification before they can begin program coursework. Program coursework begins in the fall, and seats are limited.

Relevant Information

  • Students must complete a background check and drug screen. Findings may affect admission to the program
    • Students must provide their Social Security Number to initiate the background check
  • Students must provide proof of active health insurance and immunizations
  • Externships occur in the final eight weeks of the program in the spring semester
    • Students can expect to attend their clinical externship a minimum of 28 hours per week
    • Clinical sites are located within 30 miles of the Dardenne Creek Campus (1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, 63368)

Occupational Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the medical assisting field earn a median annual wage of $32,480.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

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Contact Information

Nao Hang-Robertson,
Office Coordinator
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Arje Crawford,
Program Chair
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Office Location
1 Academy Pl Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
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Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

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