Medical Assistant

Graduates of the Medical Assistant program at Wallace State Community College work in doctors’ offices and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assistants are trained to perform a variety of jobs within a medical practice, from clerical duties such as scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records, to clinical duties such as preparing patients for examinations to performing routine laboratory duties.

Admission Requirements and Curriculum

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Medical Assistant

The Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Medical Assisting Certificate Program 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). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113 St. North, #7709, Seminole FL 33775, (727) 210-2350. Graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the Medical Assistant administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Board or the Registered Medical Assistant Examination administered by the American Medical Technologist in addition to other Medical Assistant credentialing examinations. AAMA Disciplinary Standards state that if a person is found guilty of a felony or has pled guilty to a felony, the individual will be ineligible to sit for the Certification Examination. The certifying board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances. After successful completion of the AAMA exam, the individual will be a Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA).

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Admission Requirements and Curriculum
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Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty. Choose Wallace State’s Medical Assistant degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.  

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Program Description

The Medical Assistant curriculum covers administrative duties including scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing secretarial skills, handling telephone calls and writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances. Clinical duties include preparing the patient for examination, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first-aid and CPR, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests, preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician, and performing electrocardiograms and basic radiography.

The 2020 Medical Assistant graduates have a job placement rate of 95%.   

Retention for the August 2019 admission cohort is 81.82%. The job placement rate for the 2019 graduates is 93%. The credentialing exam pass rate for the 2019 graduates is 80%.

The five-year retention rate for the Wallace State Community College Medical Assistant program is 80%. The three-year employer and graduate satisfaction is 100%. The five-year combined pass rate for the students who graduated from the program on the Certified Medical Assistant Examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants and the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam (CCMA) administered by the National Healthcareer Association is 80%. This includes all graduates, including those who sat for an examination more than one time.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees and Wallace State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age, or any other protected class as defined by federal and state law, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, admission treatment or employment. Wallace State Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, admission treatment or employment. Wallace State Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or handicap unrelated to job performance. Wallace State Community College complies with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act of 2008. The commitment to equal opportunity applies to all aspects of recruitment, employment, and education of individuals at all levels throughout the College.

The policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC paragraph 1681, et. seq.) and Title 45, Part 86 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The College will not retaliate against any person because they have engaged in a protected activity opposing the College or because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing alleging discrimination on a basis specified above.

Any inquiries or complaints concerning the application of other legislation and its implementing regulations as they relate to Wallace State Community College should be directed to:

Title IX Coordinator
Wallace State Community College
Telephone: 256.352.8340
Address: P.O. Box 2000, Hanceville, AL 35077

Program Overview

Medical Assistant


Degrees/Awards Offered

AAS, C


Availability

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Medical Assistant


Curriculum: Program of Study

Pathway Map: CertificateAssociate in Applied Science