Medical Assistant

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

A Level II (complex skills) certificate designed to prepare professional multi-skilled individuals for employment in physician’s offices, medical clinics, laboratories and other ambulatory health care facilities. Emphasizes administrative and clinical skills in the classroom and laboratory under directed practical experience in physician offices, clinics, and ambulatory care settings, teen health centers, and in the public school system.

Externships are arranged by program faculty utilizing many of the clinical agencies throughout the region.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Perform entry level patient assessment and care in an ambulatory setting showing proficiency in patient safety, wellness and education based on scope of practice and national standards.
  • Demonstrate mathematical processes related to administering medication, mensuration of a patient using various methodologies, and reading clinical/laboratory equipment and graphs.
  • Demonstrate clinical lab procedures, safety and emergency procedures along with patient preparation in the ambulatory and inpatient care setting.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, and written communication as it relates to various health care providers and businesses.
  • Perform administrative duties based on scope of practice as it relates to finances, billing and insurance, and effective practice management.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 
  • A minimum high school grade-point-average of C+ (2.5) or a minimum average score of 55 on the GED test, or a minimum college grade-point-average of C (2.25) for both transfer students and Henry Ford College students.
  • A COMPASS Reading score of 84 or higher or successful completion of ENG-081.
  • A Math placement of MATH-080 or higher or successful completion MATH-074 or MATH-0774 with a C grade or better.
  • Health Careers typing test at 45 words/min or better or successful completion of BCA-101 with a grade of B or better

The program is restricted, has a limited enrollment, and admits students based on space availability. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must see the Health Careers advisor for admission to the program and are highly encouraged to complete their admission requirements as early as possible.

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Students must maintain a minimum C grade or better in all MOA required and support courses including the last in the sequence, MOA 190.

Accreditation standards require that students do not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from any clinical site for any portion of their clinical practium (MOA 190-Medical Office Externship).

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
36.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Accreditation standards require that students do not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from any clinical site for any portion of their clinical externship (MOA 190 – Medical Office Externship). In order to begin the clinical procedures course of the MOA Program, MOA 150, students must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • MOA 100, MOA 110, MOA 120, and BIO 134 or BIO 233/234 all with a C grade or better

During the program the students will be required to submit proof of all of the following by designated program deadlines:

  • Active health insurance coverage
  • Completion of physical examination
  • Two-step tuberculosis PPD test (2-step TB test)
  • Evidence of required immunizations and titers.
  • American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification (AHA-BLS for Healthcare Providers card) valid beginning MOA 150 and 6 months post MOA 190 (may be satisfied by AH 105).
  • American Heart Association, Heartsaver First Aid certification valid prior to beginning MOA 150 and 6 months post MOA 190.
  • Valid driver’s license or state issued identification card with a photo
  • Criminal background check and drug screen
Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

All educational experiences are under the guidance of the MOA program. Student progress is evaluated in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting throughout the program. Progression in the program is based upon the student meeting the following requirements:

  1. Adherence to the program requirements outlined in the MOA Student Handbook.
  2. Achievement of a minimum grade of C or better in all MOA and required support courses including the last in the sequence (MOA 190).
  3. Maintenance of an overall cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.25 or better.
  4. All MOA courses taken at HFC must be successfully completed within three consecutive calendar years. The Medical Assisting program continuously updates its program of study to meet changing health care needs and the requirements of the accreditation agency and clinical affiliates, thus the College reserves the right to change policies at any time.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants who consider a career in medical assisting should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment they are likely to working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is possible. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the medical assistant program of study.

Latex Allergies

Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The Medical Assistant Program Faculty strongly advises that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a healthcare career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in their program must notify the program director upon admission.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, students graduating from medical assistant programs accredited through Commission on accreditation of Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)) are eligible and required to sit for either of the following certification examinations for medical assistants. Each credential is equal in weight, importance and acceptance for future employment. CMAs and RMAs receive a better salary than those without credentials. Employers prefer medical assistants from accredited programs with profession al certification.

  • The American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) offers the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) examination. The CMA is a national certification.
  • The American Medical Technologist (AMT) offers the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) examination. The RMA credential is an international certification.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; 25400 U.S Highway 19 North, Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

HFC's Medical Assistant program has an average five year retention rate of 91.57%.

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Health Sciences Division: 313-845-9877, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Elizabeth Hoffman: 313-845-6466,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-133B
Career Opportunities: 

According to recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2030 as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and a growing aging population.

Employment growth will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Information about career placement and job success is available through either the Health Careers Office or the College Placement Office.