Dec 02, 2020  
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Medical Assistant: A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science

CIP CODE: 51.0801


The mission of the Medical Assistant A.A.S. degree is to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to become a Medical Assistant, the most versatile healthcare career in the field. With small class sizes and hands-on learning, students will gain the competence needed in administrative, clinical, and laboratory tasks, to obtain employment in a variety of medical offices immediately upon graduation. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam to earn the CMA credential. This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately, for those looking to continue on to another competitive health science program, (like Nursing), or for those looking to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor's degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Manage and care for patients as individuals; recognize and attend to their needs
  2. Recognize ethical and legal responsibilities
  3. Perform a variety of clinical procedures
  4. Perform a variety of administrative duties
  5. Manage care of office property
  6. Communicate effectively
  7. Demonstrate professional characteristics


The Medical Assisting Program at SUNY Broome Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
+1 (727) 210-2350

Program Supervisor

Erin O'Hara-Leslie, CMA (AAMA), MS Ed. Chairperson
Office: Decker Health Science Center, Room 217
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5495

A Medical Assistant is one of the most versatile of all the allied health professionals. Graduates find positions in physicians' offices, medical centers, clinics, hospitals, armed services, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. The program is designed to enable graduates to do both administrative and clinical/laboratory techniques.

Students in the program acquire the knowledge and necessary techniques to prepare patients for examinations and to assist the physician in performing not only routine medical procedures but also electrocardiography, audiometry, urinalysis and hematological tests.

Courses in medical terminology, keyboarding, medical correspondence and medical office management, prepare the student to conduct business and administrative duties.

Directed Practice is an integral part of the curriculum as senior students participate in a 15-week, externship program that requires a working experience in physicians' offices or other health care facilities.

Graduates may elect to take a national examination given by the AAMA to become Certified Medical Assistants.

Sequence of Courses

This model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study.

First Year

Second Year

Graduation Requirement: 64 Credits


ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE CPR CERTIFICATION and a physical before going out to clinical in senior semester.

Fall of 2018: Medical Assisting requires that a minimum grade of C or better must be earned for all curriculum specific courses in the approved program and a minimum grade of D or better be earned specific to Biology 131/132. 

Fall of 2018: Medical Administrative Skills Certificate requires that a minimum grade of C or better must be earned for all curriculum specific courses in the approved program and a minimum grade of D or better be earned specific to Biology 101 or 131.  

*The 2017 cohort of students will still be following the current policy of a C or better for all specific curriculum courses.