med assistant

About the Program

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled 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. The Medical Assisting Program goal 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.

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 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 ( 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

Medical Assisting Program Outcomes

Retention rate: 2018 Admission cohort 60%
Job Placement rate:  2019 Graduation year 100%
Exam Passage: 2019 Graduates 100%

APPLY NOW! Medical Assistant Program Application

For more information, please contact the School of Sciences, Health, Engineering, & Math, 505-428-1754,

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

Degrees or Certificates