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The Medical Assisting department offers degree, certificate and letter of recognition programs for students desiring to enter health professions. These programs focus on preparing you to work in a clinical and/or administrative setting in various health care areas, such as physicians’ offices, managed care organizations, outpatient care and certain functions within a hospital.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

The Medical Assisting degree at AACC provides you with the tenets of management and supervision in a health care setting, such as budget preparation and management, human resource management and general management of a physician office or health setting.

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UMB - Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Credit Certificates

The following certificates are also offered.

Medical Assisting

This accredited program prepares you for employment in physicians' offices, hospital administrative offices, clinics, medical departments of industry and government and wherever basic office and clinical skills are required. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for certification examinations given by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant, the American Medical Technologists to earn a Registered Medical Assistant Certification and the National Health Care Association for Certified Medical Assistants and/or Medical Administrative Assistants.

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Anne Arundel Community College's Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 
Clearwater, FL 33763 

Electrocardiogram and Intravenous Therapy Technician

This certificate teaches you the types of intravenous therapies and their purpose. The program prepares you in the ethical/legal and professional tenets expected of the health care professional. You also will learn health concepts such as cardiovascular circulation, basic anatomy and physiology.


Additional Studies in Medical Assisting

Electrocardiogram and Intravenous Therapy Letter of Recognition

This program teaches you the types of intravenous therapies and their purpose. Upon completion, you will be prepared for employment in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, surgical centers and wherever basic electrocardiogram and intravenous therapy skills are required. Those who are already employed in health care may enroll in this program for career development.


Administrative Medical Assistant Letter of Recognition

This program is designed for students who wish to prepare for an administrative role in a medical office. You will demonstrate the ability to file medical insurance claims, manage the front office in a medical setting and apply principles of basic medical law.


What can I do with a degree in Medical Assisting?

Many Medical Assisting students go on to other health professions, including:

  • Public health
  • Nursing
  • Medical lab technician or technologist
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Medical coding

This is one of the fastest growing fields, and our graduates have had a lot of success in starting careers. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Additional Resources

The following information applies to the CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting certificate only.

Medical Assisting Program Mission and Vision

To attract, nurture and prepare market-ready medical assistants through excellence in program curricula, high-quality instructors, meaningful didactic and laboratory learning, and clinical experiences that enhance student knowledge, meet market demands, enhance the health of the community, and promote
lifelong learning.

To recruit, retain and graduate self-directed, self-determined and market-ready citizens of the world who are “change leaders” in their respective field of study.

Medical Assisting Program Goals

Goal 1
“To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.” (, 2022)

Goal 2
To, at least annually, assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of program resources (e.g., Resource Matrix) related to faculty, clerical and resource staff, curriculum, finances, offices, classrooms, laboratory and ancillary facilities, clinical affiliates, equipment, supplies, computer resources, instructor reference materials and faculty/staff continuing education.

Goal 3
To ensure a curriculum where students progress through the program in a logical sequence of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction to achieve program goals.

Goal 4
To create shared interdisciplinary learning experiences for students with an emphasis on ethical, moral and diversity issues.

Goal 5
To emphasize a holistic approach in the management of client/patient care.

Goal 6
To form linkages with professional organizations that will accept students as members.

Goal 7
To provide experiences for students that create opportunities for communication among other health care providers, and the community.

Goal 8
To maintain a diverse advisory board by identifying within the community, the internal and external stakeholders, including students, graduates, faculty, administration, employers, physicians and public members.

Goal 9
Maintain Clinical and Administrative Quality Review Committees to conduct, at least biannually, analysis of program quality, program resources, courses, curriculum and outcomes measures.

Goal 10
To establish, maintain and nurture relationships with clinical sites and preceptors that provide for a variety of quality experiential learning opportunities, and entry-level employment opportunities.

Goal 11
To identify current industry and community needs both in academic, clinical practice and cultural contexts.

Goal 12
Ensure the content and competencies included in the program’s curriculum meet or exceed those states in the CAAHEP Curriculum Standards and Guidelines.

Goal 13
Provide students with an unpaid, supervised practicum of 160 hours in an ambulatory health care setting.

Goal 14
Ensure students have mastered and demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviors of the CAAHEP MAERB Core Curriculum in performing clinical and administrative competencies prior to graduation.

Goal 15
Ensure that the practicum experience and instruction of students is meaningful and parallel in contents and concepts with the material presented in lecture and laboratory sessions.

Goal 16
Ensure practicum sites and affiliates provide a variety of student experiences.

Goal 17
The practicum will conduct, at minimum, one on-site visit during the student’s assigned 160-hour practicum time, but will maintain communication with the student (weekly) and preceptor (as needed) throughout the practicum.

Goal 18
Prepare students for national certification and/or credentials.

Goal 19
Conduct ongoing evaluation and assessment to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is in all courses and the program.

Medical Assisting Certificate Program Outcomes

The Anne Arundel Community College Medical Assisting certificate program annually publishes and makes accessible to prospective and current students, graduates and the public the Annual Review Report (ARF). Below are the 2022 Medical Assisting Education Review Board approved results:

  • Retention: 94.44% retention for the 2020 admission cohort
  • Job Placement: 75% for 2020 graduate year
  • Exam Passage: 95% for 2020 graduates

Medical Assisting Program AP/Transfer Credit/Experiential Learning

Advanced Placement

The granting of credit for general education requirements for students is determined upon the receipt and review of formal transcripts by the records and registration office. This includes high school AP courses and CLEP examinations. The granting of Advanced Placement does not apply to the following courses: MDA-111, MDA-115, MDA-117, MDA-140, MDA-142, MDA-274, MDA-275 and HIT-200.

Transfer Credit

Students who are transferring to AACC and submitting formal transcripts from another accredited institution may receive credit for MDA-113 Medical Terminology (3 credits) and ACA-100 Student Success (1 credit) courses that meet the course descriptions and credit hours required by the AACC medical assisting program. Granting of credit for MDA-113 and ACA-100 is determined by review of formal transcripts by the records and registration office, and if needed, upon consultation from the Medical Assisting department chair. Therefore, the total number of credits that the certificate program will accept as transfer is 4.

Transfer credit for MDA-111, MDA-115, MDA-117, MDA-140, MDA-142, MDA-274, MDA-275 and HIT-200 is not granted due to accreditation requirements and specificity of the Medical Assisting certificate program courses in measuring student achievement of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies.

Students in the Anne Arundel Community College continuing education Clinical Medical Assisting program that successfully complete the CMA-300, CMA-301, CMA-302 and CMA-303 clinical courses, including all clinical psychomotor and affective competencies, and provide proof of a current and active National Healthcare Association Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) can apply and receive credit for the MDA-140 Clinical Medical Assisting 1 and MDA-142 Clinical Medical Assisting 2 courses.

Experiential Learning

Credit is not given for experiential learning due to programmatic requirements to fully assess the student knowledge and achievement of the required cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies.


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Anne Arundel Community College's Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775