Medical Administrative Assisting

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Administrative Assisting is designed to provide education and training for employment in various administrative health care settings. Medical Administrative Assistants are healthcare professionals who are key members of the administrative medical office team. They foster a friendly and positive patient experience while performing numerous administrative duties that adhere to all state and federal standards. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist exam. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting are also available.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Medical Administrative Assisting (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

High school diploma or GED equivalence is required.

Student must be 18 years of age.

Formal application and acceptance to the program is required.

Completion of program prerequisites.

Prior Learning Assessment credit may be awarded for completion of all Medical Assisting courses associated with this CCL.


Formal application and acceptance into program is required.

Per programmatic accreditation requirements, students must pass all the psychomotor and affective skills contained within each course in order to successfully complete the program.

Students cannot repeat a course more than once.

Successful completion of each successive MAS is required to progress in the Medical Administrative Assisting program.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Background Check Requirements
The 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 practicum(s). Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Demonstrate empathy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity in the healthcare setting.
  2. Display 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. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology as a healthcare professional.
  6. Use critical thinking skills to follow current best practices in healthcare.
  7. Communicate effectively and in a culturally responsive manner with patients and the healthcare team.

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.

Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants


* 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 term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication SB or SB 3
ENG100AC or
The Mechanics of Written English or First-Year Composition None or FYC 1–3
RDG100 Successful College Reading OR
Successful placement test score (0) 0-3
MAS101 Introduction to Medical Assisting Critical course Gateway course Students must meet all the Learning Outcomes to continue the Medical Assisting program. 3
MAS102 Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting 6
HCC145 or
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology 3
MAS104 Medical Administrative Assisting Practicum Critical course All health and safety documents must remain current and in good standing, especially TB screening and CPR BLS provider, throughout the MAS104 Practicum. 4
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 C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

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.