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Medical Assisting Program Student Handbook

Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | MED.ASST.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 51.0801
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment and career in health care industries, such as physician’s offices, outpatient clinics, in-patient administration, government, and health insurance industries. The curriculum is designed to provide didactic, laboratory, and externship learning experiences where students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform medical billing and coding, patient scheduling, data entry into the electronic medical record, electrocardiogram and cardiology diagnostic testing, phlebotomy procedures, basic laboratory tests, and maintain overall daily operations in a clinical setting.  Medical assistants are the only multi-skilled allied health professional that is professionally trained to work in ambulatory settings.

Our primary goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains (MAERB, 2019).


Individuals who maintain a current Registered Medical Assistant (AMT) or Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) credential may be awarded 32 credits toward the completion of the Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science degree at PGCC. Contact alliedheathandnursingoffice@pgcc.edu for information.

The Prince George’s Community College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commision on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


Click the link to download a copy of the Student Handbook: Medical Assisting Program Student Handbook  

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Medical Assisting A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional and therapeutic communication skills
  • Utilize medical terminology as related to body functions
  • Perform administrative functions in an outpatient setting
  • Perform clinical functions/procedures in the outpatient setting
  • Describe the implications of health law in the clinical setting
  • Demonstrate the standards of care for the medical assisting profession

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not  include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits

MAS-1060 fulfills Computer Literacy requirement.

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

Need Help?

For help selecting an academic program or courses, consider using Career Coach, available at www.pgcc.edu/go/careercoach.