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Medical Assisting

Information about this exciting field:

Medical Assisting graduates are equipped to work alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals as an integral part of an industrious health care team.  Some work in the front office dealing with patient records and insurance companies.  Others may choose to work directly with patients checking vital signs and collecting specimens while providing reassurance and support.

Is this program for me?

The Medical Assisting program covers a broad range of topics involving the modern medical practice, such as Anatomy and Physiology, Legal and Ethical Concerns, Medical Terminology, and Medical Insurance Management.

Here are some qualities and skills exhibited by successful Medical Assisting graduates:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Clear communication
  • Precise documentation
  • Ability to follow detailed directions
  • Teamwork and flexibility
  • Ability to operate some medical equipment
  • Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology
  • Physical stamina

Where might I find a job?

Medical Assisting graduates may find work as assistants or office managers in hospitals, doctors’ offices (front or back office), medical clinics, laboratories, surgical centers, or other outpatient facilities. Some may function as medical billing and coding specialists or referral specialists.

Salary Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Chattahoochee Technical College Medical Assisting diploma programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are eligible to take the National Certification (CMA) with the American Association of Medical Assistants. CAAHEP is located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL, 33763. Visit their website or call 727-210-2350 for more information.

HOPE Career Grant Eligible

The Medical Assisting (MA) Program (MA 22) is eligible for the HOPE Career Grant.

The HOPE Career Grant (formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) is a financial award for Technical College System of Georgia students and was first presented by the Governor’s Office in Fall 2013. It awards funds to students who meet certain criteria and who are enrolled in certain programs.

Health HOPE Career Grant Programs

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Outcomes

Medical Assisting Diploma Program Outcomes

Program Length

Medical Assisting occupational courses will be completed in three (3) semesters.

Program Specifics

 Academic Advisement

Students should contact a Health Sciences Advisor with questions about admission criteria or to schedule an advisement appointment.

Campus Locations

Program prerequisite courses are offered at multiple campuses and online.  Medical Assisting occupational courses are offered at the Marietta and Appalachian campuses.

Program Directors

Sonja Caspari, CMA (AAMA), BHA

Amber Tinner, CMA (AAMA), BS


Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting


Medical Assisting Diploma