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Medical Assisting - School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate (CERT) - Gainful Employment Disclosures

About the Program

Medical Assistants are multiskilled practitioners who perform a wide range of clinical and administrative tasks in physicians' offices and other health care settings. They often perform administrative duties such as using computers to make patient appointments, billing, maintaining accurate medical records, and greeting patients.

The clinical duties of a medical assistant can include assisting with medical exams, conducting basic laboratory tests, drawing blood, EKG's, preparing patients for X-rays, giving medication and assisting with minor office surgical procedures. Because a medical assistant is often a patient's first contact with a caregiver, medical assistants are important to setting the tone and contributing to the success of the patient's treatment.

Take courses in clinical, laboratory and administrative procedures and professional development. The program is accredited and prepares you to take the National Certification Exam. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify.

History / Accreditation:

The Medical Assisting program offered by Santa Fe Community College was initiated in 2007 after being approved by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. The Medical Assisting program is accredited through the nationally recognized Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The address for CAAHEP is:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Graduates from the Medical Assisting Program at Santa Fe Community College are highly satisfied with the education that they received, as there is an average 97.96% satisfaction rate over the past five years.  In addition, during the same five year period, employer satisfaction rate was 100%.

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Career Opportunities:

A graduate of the Medical Assisting program may qualify for such jobs as:

  • Front or Back Office Medical Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • EKG Technician
  • Lab Assistant or Aide
  • Blood Donor Technician
  • Medical Billing Clerk
  • Medical Coder
  • Phlebotomist

Medical Assistants frequently work in:

  • Doctor's offices
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Ambulatory centers
  • Specialized areas in hospitals


For more information, please contact Nursing Education Department, 505-428-1323,

Santa Fe Community College | 6401 Richards Ave. | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 | 505-428-1000
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