Medical Assisting Technology

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Medical Assisting Technology


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives


J. F. Drake State Community & Technical College Medical Assistant program supports and adheres to the mission of the College. The Medical Assistant program is committed to enabling the medical assisting graduate to enhance and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients; protect medical assistants' right to practice; and promote effective, efficient health care delivery through optimal use of multi-skilled Certified Medical Assistants (CMA).

The Medical Assisting Program is structured to prepare students to provide patient care in physician’s offices, minor emergency centers, long-term care facilities, and other types of free-standing medical clinics. In the clinical role, the medical assistant provides assistance to the physician during assessment and examination of patients, treatment interventions, and in-office diagnostic protocols. Students in this program will learn to perform physical assessments, take medical histories, take and record vital signs, administer medications, assist with diagnostic procedures, take electrocardiograms, interpret life-threatening arrhythmias, perform venipuncture, and interpret basic laboratory results.

Career Opportunities

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook publication, employment for Medical Assistants is expected to grow much faster than average. The annual report cites the increasing prevalence of conditions, such as obesity and diabetes and an aging population, as factors contributing to the demand for healthcare services and medical assistants. Utilizing multi-skilled medical assistants allows doctors to care for more patients and will further stimulate job growth for this sector of the medical field.

Also driving the growth in this field is the increasing number of medical practices, clinics and other healthcare facilities that utilize a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants, who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills Needed

Medical assistants interact with the public; therefore, they must be neat and well groomed, have a courteous and pleasant manner, and have excellent communication skills and respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.

Expected Earnings/Salary

2015 Median Pay

$30,590 per year 
$14.71 per hour

Number of Jobs, 2014


Job Outlook, 2014-24

23% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2014-24


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Types of Programs Offered

The Medical Assisting program offers an Associate in Applied Science and a short certificate in Medical Assisting.
Click here  to view the current course requirements for each of these program options.


Estimated Program Costs

Medical Assisting Technology (MAT)

Award Level

Credit Hours

Est. Tuition/Fees

Est. Books/Supplies

Est. Total Cost

Associate (AAS)





Career Skills Certificate (STC)





*Estimates are based on Fall 2016 Tuition.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Mr. Jason Allman
Office Manager, Allman Family Medicine

Mr. Tiernan O'Neill
Office Manager, Panacea O'Neill Medical Group

For more information about this program contact the Medical Assistant Instructor, at 256.551.5239, or the Health Science Office at 256-551-3156.