Medical Assisting

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 a national certification exam.

Completing the Medical Assisting program will open up employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare specialties. 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.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Medical Assisting

Why Phoenix College?

The Phoenix College Medical Assisting program offers courses covering both medical and administrative skills. Classes range from the fundamentals of healthcare delivery to insurance, billing, and coding, human anatomy to physiology.

PC offers both an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Assisting, as well as a CCL in Medical Administrative Assisting. Graduates may go on to become medical assistants or work in the field of health care.

The Medical Assistant is a link between health care providers and their patients, their professional associates, and the suppliers of equipment and medications.  The Medical Assistant is the team member who assists the qualified provider in the office or other medical setting, performing administrative and/or clinical duties.

Demand for the Medical Assistant may also occur in business or industrial health centers, health insurance companies and emergency care centers.  The Medical Assistant has a wide range of duties supportive to the provider’s practice.  Business/administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, obtaining patient information, maintaining medical records, maintaining supplies and equipment, and assuming responsibility for office care, insurance matters, office accounts, fees and collections.  Medically related duties include assisting with examinations and treatments, taking health histories, performing certain diagnostic tests, carrying out laboratory procedures and sterilizing instruments and equipment.

Knowledge and Skills

The Phoenix College Medical Assisting Program provides education and training in the administrative and clinical procedures described within the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of Medical Assistants.

Further, students who successfully complete the Medical Assisting Program at Phoenix College:

  • Demonstrate competence within learning domains for medical assistants: cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior).
  • Are eligible and prepared to apply for and pass a nationally recognized credentialing exam as a condition of hire. 
  • Are eminently prepared and preferred for entry level employment as a medical assistant