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Medical Assisting

What is Medical Assisting? 

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health care professional who performs a variety of administrative and clinical duties in a medical setting. Medical assistants help keep the health care delivery setting running smoothly. Medical Assistant 

Administrative tasks may include appointment scheduling, managing patient records, medical insurance coding and billing. Clinical may include obtaining vital signs, performing laboratory procedures, and assisting physicians during examinations. 

Degrees lead to variety of positions. Medical assistants work primarily in ambulatory care settings. The duties of a medical assistant vary depending on facility location, size, and specialty.  

Medical assistants work in well-lighted, clean environments. They generally work a regular forty-hour week, with weekends and holidays off. There are opportunities available for part-time and evening work, especially in environments other than a physician’s office.  

Career Track estimated that Medical Assisting is the seventh fastest growing occupation in the United States. 


 PDF icon Medical Assisting Program Outcomes  


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Orientation to Medical Assisting
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Psychology
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Exam Room Procedures
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Professional Interactions in Health Care
  • CPR First Aid and Emergency
  • Drug Therapy
  • Medical Insurance Coding

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Graduates of the WCC Medical Assisting Program will: 

  • Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, and showing initiative and responsibility.   
  • Practice in a legal and ethical manner upholding the five high principles of the AAMA's Code of Ethics.   
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of administrative duties as outlined in the AAMA’s DACUM for entry-level medical assistants.  
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of clinical skills as outlined in the AAMA's DACUM for entry-level medical assistants.  
  • Pursue professional and nationally recognized credentialing certification, post graduation, by making application to the AAMA's credentialing board during externship. 



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Contact Information:

Jennifer Mathis
Erica Sales-Walker
Program Director,
Medical Assisting and Human Services Technology
Herring Hall office 2210
(336) 838-6523 erica.walker@wilkescc.edu