Certificate in Medical Assisting

Certificate in Medical Assisting

CAAHEP Accredited Program

This three-semester program encompasses the competencies needed by a professional medical assistant. Specific education includes performing administrative and clinical procedures in settings such as physician offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Courses are sequenced to build skill level. Medical assisting is a growing occupation in New Mexico and the United States. This program of study is oriented to students who have an aptitude for organization and health care systems. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains essential to providing safe and caring services.

The Medical Assisting Program offered by Santa Fe Community College was initiated in 2008 after being approved by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.  The Certificate in Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763



Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform major operational functions of the medical office, including basic medical bookkeeping, scheduling and other office functions.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients of varying ages, cultures and education levels.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with medical personnel.
  • Accurately and safely perform laboratory testing and specimen preparation.
  • Measure vital signs and prepare patients for examinations and clinical tests.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various biomedical legal and ethical issues.

Class Requirements


ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)


ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)

MATH 102       Basic Algebra (4)


BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

OFTC 111L      Business Software Essentials (4)

HLCR 113         Medical Terminology (3)

NOTE: Skill Level Equivalents are prerequisites for entering the Certificate in Medical Assisting Program and must be completed before applying to the program. Other related requirements can be taken before or during the Medical Assisting program.


AHAC 151        Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (.5)

HLCR 235         Pharmacology for Allied Health (2)

MAST 115         Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures (2)

MAST 120         Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures I (3)

MAST 125         Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures I (2)

MAST 210         Medical Office Insurance and Finance (3)*

MAST 220         Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures II (3)*

MAST 225         Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures II (2)*

MAST 290         Medical Assistant Capstone Course (1)

MAST 298         Medical Assistant Internship (3)

PHIL 246           Biomedical Ethics (3)


BIOL 136          Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)

BIOL 136L       Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)


PSYC 290         Developmental Psychology (3)

*These courses have core prerequisites

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.