Medical Assistant CCC & AS Program
A Medical Assistant is a healthcare professional who performs a variety of tasks in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities. Medical Assistants take vital signs and medical histories of patients as well as complete administrative and clinical duties. The one-year Medical Assistant Specialist certificate program incorporates specific courses to enable the student to perform equally well in these administrative, clinical and laboratory settings. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a College Credit Certificate. The certificate program also helps prepare the student for the National Certification Examination.
After finishing the College Credit Certificate program, you may continue your studies and pursue the Medical Assistant Advanced A.S. degree. You can complete the A.S. degree at your own pace, while working in the field.
Admission into the Medical Assistant program is done through a custom application process. Students must complete the College Credit Certificate before beginning the Associate in Science degree.
- CCC/ Medical Assistant Specialist : One-Year Program
(College Credit Certificate)
- AS/ Medical Assistant Advanced
(Associate in Science Degree)
To prepare for program eligibility, please review the program links and information in their entirety and meet with a Nursing & Health Sciences Advisor.
EFSC has an equipped clinical laboratory to introduce basic testing concepts found in a typical physician's office or clinic. You will learn diagnostic procedures at the College and will be offered the opportunity to actually utilize these skills in an assigned physician's office. Courses required for the Medical Assistant Program are offered at the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses, and begin every Fall and Spring term.
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Medical Assisting Information
Entering the Program
The program has a custom application process in addition to the main EFSC admissions process. This should be completed online prior to the student registering for a core class. Core and support courses are listed under the Entrance Criteria area of this web section. The student may register for a core class once they have taken the PERT test, completed an online program application and paid the application fee, and met with a Health Science Advisor. You may take support classes on any campus with the recommended course sequencing. The core classes are offered only during the spring and fall semesters. Core classes fill up quickly, so planning ahead is vital in order to register for those classes. Core classes are offered on the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses only. Please contact a Health Sciences Advisor for further assistance.
Explore the Career
Medical Assistants are considered unique and versatile because of the many functions they are able to perform. Their capabilities range from general front office and transcription to managerial/supervisory functions. Clinical performance includes non-intravenous injections, phlebotomy, patient assessment, vitals, patient preparation, surgical assisting, pharmaceutical principles and the administration of medication. Specialty areas are knowledge of Medical Law and Ethics, Radiology and EKG.
Eligibility for Certifications
Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for the Phlebotomy Certification and the Basic X-ray Machine Operator Certification. You will also receive certificates in Injection, CPR, Aids 104, EKG and Phlebotomy.
Financial Aid & Reimbursement Policies
Students with Veteran Benefits Disclaimer: Veteran or dependents of veterans using VA educational benefits must check with the VA office for eligibility for this program.
CCC Students Receiving Entitlements/Financial Aid Disclaimer: Students receiving entitlements should be following course sequencing and program entrance criteria. It's suggested that prior to starting courses you make an appointment with our Nursing & Health Science Advisors, so they may assist you with a sequence of prerequisites and program course completion. Students should meet with financial aid specialists prior to program start, and during the program so you are prepared and understand your requirements and fund availability.