Medical Assisting

Program Overview

If you love helping people, it’s time to consider a career as a clinical or medical assistant in the growing healthcare field. The Medical Assisting program will train you to assist physicians and serve as a liaison between healthcare providers and patients. As a medical assistant, you are essential to the practice and an integral member of the administrative and clinical healthcare team.

The program will teach you medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, and you’ll learn administrative skills and procedures. It will also train you on how to perform your duties professionally, with sensitivity and respect. Program graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam.

Completing the Medical Assisting Program will open up employment opportunities in a variety of occupations and industries for you. It’s time to start your journey to a new career today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

Instructor Meet and Greet

Join us in-person every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SouthWest Skill Center for a chance to meet with the instructors and learn more about the program!

• Check-in at the Southwest Skill Center Front Desk when you arrive.
• Please arrive early. Arrival more than 5 minutes late will result in not being permitted to attend.
• Sessions are not held when GateWay is closed for a holiday.

Please click here to pre-register.

The Medical Assisting program at GateWay is considered a clock hour program, which is a training program that provides skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock hour programs have specific year-round start dates. 

The program incorporates up-to-date learning tools with highly experienced instructors to provide students with interactive learning, and hands-on instruction. The program also teaches the organizational skills necessary to succeed in fast-paced health environments and medical facilities.

Enrollment: First Come First Serve Basis - Enroll Early!

Demand for admission into this program is high. Start the enrollment process at least two or more months prior to your desired start date.

Virtual Pre-Enrollment Sessions

Medical Assistant

If you are interested in this Healthcare program, you will be required to attend a virtual Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Enrollment Session: Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Click Here To Get Your Virtual Meeting Link

Watch video to learn more about the Medical Assisting at GateWay Community College.

Externship Site Placement

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from externship site. Students must be able to attend any of the clinical facilities used by the SWSC Programs. Students that are eligible for clinical externship placement are assigned to various healthcare agencies for externship. The time, preceptor, or clinical location will vary as determined by availability of sites, student placement within the program, and other considerations as decided by the Instructor.

Externship hours are non-compensated or non-paid (non-remuneration). During the externship, students will be supervised by a site-preceptor. 

The Externship Department will make the final decision for student placement at each clinical facility. Students will be placed within the valley based on availability and once placed, externship location cannot be switched.

If a clinical agency refuses clinical experiences to a student based on a student’s misconduct, the SWSC will attempt to place the said student at another clinical facility. If, however, there are no clinical sites available, the student may be withdrawn from the program for incompleteness and have to wait until a site can be found. If the student fails externship after being placed at TWO different locations, the student will fail the course and not be allowed to return to the program indefinitely, or for a period of time, along with specific re-entry requirements determined by the Externship Department and Program Manager.

Program Location

SouthWest Skill Center

Program Cost Estimate*

Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Medical Assisting:  $5,096  |  830 hours/10-11 months  

*Months based on the program meeting 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition and lab fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

The Medical Assisting Program at GateWay Community College SouthWest Skill Center 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
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Students completing the program are eligible to sit for national credentialing exams, including the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school? 

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field. 

The Medical Assisting program at GateWay Community College-Southwest Skill Center has a retention rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered 2019, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.