Medical Assistant Training

ABHES Accredited* Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available at the State College Campus

The Medical Assistant program at South Hills will prepare you to use both administrative and clinical skills in a medical setting. Students learn to perform tasks such as records management and billing, as well as clinical procedures ranging from collecting specimens to administering medication (as state law permits).

Our MA graduates work alongside physicians in a wide variety of settings, including: medical and surgical hospitals, medical offices and clinics, physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers, ambulatory care facilities, and professional schools. Other career opportunities include: electrocardiography technician, phlebotomist, and emergency department technician.


In order to be successful in this program, students must be comfortable working closely with people of all kinds, drawing blood, and handling lab specimens. Additionally, they must demonstrate integrity and respect and embrace change, growth, and learning.

Apply Now >>

* The Medical Assistant Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Upon successful completion of the MA program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Objectives and Skills

Through a comprehensive educational training program including attention to theory, practice, and application, students in the Medical Assistant program will develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  1. To prepare the student to function competently at an entry level, principally in a physician’s office or clinic.
  2. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant administrative skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  3. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant clinical skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  4. To provide adequate information, demonstration, and practice of medical assistant laboratory skills for the healthcare field to insure student competency in this area.
  5. To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, disease processes and conditions.
  6. To provide an adequate foundation of knowledge and hands on practice to understand proper aseptic techniques, and diagnostic and treatment procedures commonly performed in the physician’s office.
  7. To prepare the student for employment in the health care field, emphasizing the need for maturity, responsibility, and attention to detail that is essential for all health care employees.
  8. To provide the student with information and skills needed to take the CMA (AAMA) exam.

At the completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally in speech and in writing.
  2. Use appropriate technological tools to assist in the efficient completion of assigned job responsibilities.
  3. Perform administrative duties as assigned in a medical office.
  4. Perform clinical duties as assigned in a medical office.
  5. Conduct themselves appropriately in order to maintain positive working relationships with employers, co-workers, and clients.
  6. Acquire the background knowledge necessary in order to understand historical and current business practices in their field.
  7. Function competently in a business environment, displaying traits of and meeting expectations for a valued employee.
  8. Identify print and electronic resources to continually expand their knowledge and skills through on-going professional development.
  9. Respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information.

Complete Course List

Medical Assistant Course List

Medical Assistant Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermMD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
GE183Business English I460
HI228Introduction to the Health Care Field460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
PD110Professional Development224
Second TermMD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE184Business English II460
GE179Mathematics for Health Care Professionals460
MD109Medical Terminology II336
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
Third TermGE210Business English III3.560
MA206Clinical Skills4.560
HI226ICD Coding I4.560
Fourth TermHI225CPT-4448
HI227ICD Coding II4.560
MA103Laboratory Procedures3.560
MD240Medical Administrative Skills I4.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Fifth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills224
HI229Medical Legal Aspects336
MA201Medical Seminar2.536
GE213Oral Business Communications224
MD212Principles of Medical Insurance4.560
Sixth TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
CD201Certification Preparation for the Medical Assistant221
MA203Medical Assistant Internship11330
125.5 Credits1,853 Clock Hours
Medical Assistant

Bright Outlook Occupation

Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants are trained professionals that handle both administrative tasks and patient care tasks under the direction of a physician. They perform duties such as gathering and recording patient and insurance information, preparing exam rooms, and providing direct patient care such as drawing blood, administering medications, and measuring vital signs.

See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation

Careers in Medical Assistant

Our MA graduates work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Other opportunities include:

  • Electrocardiography Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Emergency Department Technician

Our students are placed in outstanding internship environments where they have the opportunity to put their classroom experience to work in the real world prior to graduation. We have placed interns at locations including but not limited to:

South Hills Medical Assistant graduates are well-trained and in demand for their skillsets and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates including but not limited to:

Meet the Faculty

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Heather Antonuccio Front End Trainer Mount Nittany Physician Group
Jodi Butler Financial Assistant University Health Services, Pennsylvania State University
Kelly Ferguson Remote Coder Valley Health, Winchester, VA
Robin Garman Vice-president MD Office Solutions
Shannon Hilliard Nurse Leader Primary Care Mount Nittany Physician Group
Hannah Killinger, CPC Medical Office Assistant Mount Nittany Physician Group
Jennifer Longstreth ACCESS Manager Geisinger Gray's Woods
Melissa Minor Nurse Leader Surgical Specialties Mount Nittany Physician Group
Laura Moss Director Revenue Cycle Mount Nittany Physician Group
Rian Roan Revenue Cycle Manager Mount Nittany Physician Group
Deidra Shanley CMA. Head Nurse Toftrees Family Medicine
Ashley Shuey, CMA Site Supervisor Mount Nittany Physician Group
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Amy Reighard Administrator Allegheny Regional Endoscopy
Carrie Maceno Clinical Director Blair Gastroenterology Associates
Kaitlynn Johnson Medical Assistant II Hillman Cancer Center
Marianne Beyer Senior Practice Manager Hillman Cancer Center
Kim Corle RN Supervisor UPMC Altoona Trauma
Alli Psaki Fishel Administrative Coordinator Home Nursing Agency
Mary Thayer Practice Manager Cardiology Associates of Altoona
Loeghan Pitts Neurology CMA Blair Medical Associates
Rosemarie Fox Practice Manager Reinhardt Family Practice
Lydia Garner CMA UPMC Hospital
Alyssa Robison, NCMA Patient Care Manager Blair Gastroenterology Associates

Ready to enroll in the Medical Assistant program?

Apply Now >>