Associate in Applied Science Degree
Medical Assisting Program Mission
The Medical Assisting Program is dedicated to preparing competent, entry-level
paraprofessionals to serve healthcare needs by engaging students in current scholarly
and hands-on education.
Program Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate entry-level skills in all cognitive objectives and in all psychomotor and
affective competencies as specified in the current core curriculum of the Medical
Assisting Education Review Board.
• Effectively communicate with all members of the healthcare team, the patients, and
their families using written, verbal, and nonverbal skills.
• Treat patients with respect, dignity, and understanding in sensitivity of disability,
culture, or socioeconomic status.
• Be proficient in the use of technology applied in the healthcare settings.
• Apply research, critical thinking and problem-based learning skills to resolve
• Develop a confident and ethical professional image to meet the constant challenges
and changing needs of the classroom, the profession, and the community.
The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Medical Assisting provides
graduates with the clinical and administrative skills necessary to be a successful allied
health care professional. Medical assistants work primarily in physicians’ offices and
medical clinics. Students in this allied health program will learn how to prepare patients
for various examinations, assist physicians with minor office surgeries, draw blood,
perform tests and treatments, administer injections and medications, and maintain
The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam is required as part of the Medical Assistant
Internship. At Central Penn, those matriculated in the Medical Assisting program may sit
for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam.
The Medical Assisting Program, Associate Degree, is accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the
recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB; www.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Applicants for the Medical Assisting program must have a minimum GPA of a 2.20 from
the official transcripts from the last school attended to be considered for acceptance. In
addition applicants must have successfully completed two sciences (C or higher) and
one math course (C or higher) in high school or college. GED scores will be accepted.
Applicants are required to submit two reference forms. Reference forms can be attained
through the admissions office. If the student does not meet this criteria they are able to
file an appeal for acceptance to the Program Director.
General Education Requirements
Humanities – 9 credits
Students must fulfill 9 credits within the humanities. These requirements are
comprised of ENG101 and ENG102 (required) and 3 additional credits taken at the 200
level or higher.
Students may choose from courses labeled ART, ENG, HUM, GEO, LNG, or PHI, as well
as from the list below:
ALH255 Medical Law and Ethics
COM200 Technical Writing
COM215 Communications Ethics
GEO100 Cultural Geography
IDS210 Global Humanitarian Studies
Math and Science – 6 credits
Students must fulfill 6 credits within math and science. These requirements are
comprised of 3 credits in math and 3 credits in science. Students may choose from
courses labeled BIO, MTH, or SCI.
Social and Behavioral Science – 6 credits
Students must fulfill 6 credits within the social and behavioral sciences. These
requirements include IDS101 CPC Foundations and 3 additional credits.
Students may choose from courses labeled HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC, as well as, from the
BUS235 Consumer Behavior
HUM105 Cultural Anthropology
IDS200 Consumer Protection
IDS210 Global Humanitarian Studies
LGS180 Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
LGS190 Family Law
In addition to the 21 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are
required to take a core group of courses associated with their major to total 60 credits.
To be eligible for internship, the student must have on file documented proof of liability
insurance. MAERB requires Medical Assisting internships to be unpaid.
Medical Assisting Core Courses – 39 credits
ALH108 Medical Terminology and Pharmacology
ALH112 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology I
ALH115 Medical Insurance
ALH122 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology II
ALH145 Allied Health Procedures
ALH180 Medical Administrative Procedures
ALH208 Clinical Procedures
ALH210 Clinical Techniques
ALH230 Disease and Diagnostic Methods
ALH299 Medical Assisting Internship
ALH310 Medical Laboratory
ALH350 Medical Seminar
Progression in the Medical Assisting Program
All (100%) of the competencies must be passed with an 80% or higher to successfully
complete all core courses and progress in the program. Failure of any competency
results in unsuccessful completion of the course with the highest grade earned being
All courses in the Medical Assisting Program must be passed with a “C” or higher.