Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

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Program Overview

Medical Assistants (MA) perform clinical and administrative functions to keep healthcare delivery settings running smoothly. Human relation and communication skills are important aspects of this career field. They are individuals who can multi-task, perform various medical procedures, and who work well with people. Duties include a wide variety of skills in preparing patients for examination and treatments.

Medical Assistant (MA) students receive hands-on training in clinical and administrative support in an actual medical facility. Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Competency (CCT).

The MA 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.

This program is part of the Allied Health Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks and professional opportunities within their selected field(s) of study.

Medical Assistant (MA) students will learn and specialize in both front- and back-office practices, which provides an ideal combination of administration skills and knowledge of medical procedures.

Dress code: Professional appearance and dress code are expected in the Medical Assistant program. Hair is to be pulled back away from the face and facial hair should be neat and trimmed. Fingernails should be kept clean and short. Artificial nails are not allowed. One ring per hand and a single set of small post earrings worn in the lower earlobe are allowed.  Tattoos should be covered and not visible. Scrubs and student IDs are to be worn daily. Clean, non-porous, closed-toed, closed-heeled shoes must be worn.  A watch with a second hand is recommended.

Program Goal

To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills ) and affective (behavior) learning domains.


  • 17-1/2 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Meet the minimum score on the Placement Tests in math and reading
  • Complete admission packet (includes options for funding your education)

Information Session Attendance

Medical Assistant, Medical Interpreter-Spanish, Phlebotomy | Thursdays | 3 p.m. | SWSC at Estrella Mountain Main Campus


Important Announcement.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Career and Employment Outlook

Students successfully completing the MA programs may find employment in physician offices and group practices, health clinics, and select outpatient medical and hospital settings. Employment and Wages vary from state to state, so for your convenience, we provide a direct link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Medical Assistant.

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Clock Hour Program

Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Locations

SouthWest Skill Center

Job Titles

Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Coordinator**

Program Cost

Certificate of Completion - Medical Assistant:  $5,231*

Median Salary

Visit O*NET OnLine for median salary. 

Consumer Information:
Medical Assistant

*Costs include tuition, lab fees and registration. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, uniform costs, course fees and book costs. 

**For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information.

Degrees & Certificates


Program Number Completion Time* Program Cost*
Medical Assistant 1800 830 hr | 8 mo $5,231

*Months based on the program meeting 32 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab fees and registration. Amount based on current estimates and will vary.

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Contact Us

SWSC Advising

(623) 535-2700
3000 Dysart Road, Avondale, AZ 85392