Medical Assisting

The Certificate of Competency CCT) in Medical Assisting explores how Medical assistants are integral members of the administrative and clinical healthcare team in various healthcare settings. Medical assistants act as liaisons between the healthcare providers and patients, and are of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Medical Assisting provides education and training for employment as medical assistants. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Medical Assisting (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program is required. Students must be at least 18 years of age to apply for admission.

2. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.

3. Submit current CPR/BLS Provider card (American Heart Association approved) and maintain current status throughout the externship(s).

4. Complete and submit the Allied Health Student Health and Safety Documentation Checklist, with included documentation, signed by a licensed healthcare provider.

5. Background Check Requirements:

Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Students must maintain current fingerprint clearance throughout the externship(s). Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

6. Students must have multiple measures assessment results or course placement test results that qualify students for entry into the following courses OR have completed the following courses with a C or better: English 101/107, CRE101, and MAT095.


Practicum hours are site specific and may require attendance any day of the week, including during unscheduled days and times.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program. This program is delivered in a fast-track format and the need for college-level skills in English, Reading, and Math is critical to successful completion of the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice empathy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity in the healthcare setting.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability.
  3. Apply ethical and legal guidelines and scope of practice to administrative and clinical settings, including use of technology and management of medical documents.
  4. Perform administrative skills and procedures in an ambulatory healthcare environment.
  5. Perform various clinical and laboratory procedures using safety protocols under supervision of the healthcare provider.
  6. Apply knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology as a healthcare professional.
  7. Use critical thinking to follow current best practices in healthcare.
  8. Apply effective communication skills essential for the health care professional.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
MDC103 Introduction to Medical Assisting Critical course Gateway course 156
MDC104 Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting 159
MDC105 Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting I 141

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
MDC106DC Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting II 174
MDC130 Medical Assisting Practicum Practicum hours are site specific and may require attendance any day of the week, including during unscheduled days and times. 200
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.