Medical Practice — Clinical Management

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Focuses on the preparation and the foundation necessary to prepare medical assistants for increasing management responsibility within the medical office or clinic and to perform routine administrative duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. Students may elect to stop out at either one of the following two stages depending upon career or educational objectives.

  • Medical Assistant, Level II Certificate of Achievement, 36 credit hours
  • Medical Practice - Clinical Management Associate in Applied Science degree, 67 credit hours.

Credits in this certificate program may be applied to the Associate in Applied Science degree centered around the Medical Assistant.

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.
  • Apply management theory to effectively supervise the human resources of an organization.
  • Solve common problems in managing the business office of a medical or medical related organization.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 
  • A minimum college grade-point average of C (2.25) for both Henry Ford College and transfer 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.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
67.0 (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, 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 clearance
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 courses including the last in the sequence (MOA 190).
  3. Maintenance of an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
  4. All MOA courses taken at HFC must be successfully completed within three consecutive calendar years. HFC continuously attempts to improve each program, and as a result courses and requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content, and admission criteria are subject to change by action of the College faculty and administration.

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 work 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, however, 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 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 Allied 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. 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 professional 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 portion of the 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, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


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

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

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 due to 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.