Medical Assistant Certificate Requirements

2022/2023 Requirements for One Year Certificate of Completion

52-55 credits 

Certificate as Awarded on Transcript:
Medical Assistant - One Year Certificate of Completion

View details and course descriptions:
Medical Assistant - One Year Certificate of Completion (Online Catalog)



Prerequisite Pathways

Students are encouraged to choose the prerequisite pathway the best meets their goals  from the following three options. All prerequisite classes must be completed with a "C" or better :

1. A rapid pathway for direct entry into the field. Prerequisites are condensed and focused on the needs of the students seeking CTE coursework. These prerequisites can be completed in Spring or Summer Term.   Students are encouraged to start Spring Term. (Total prerequisite credits 14-18).

  • AH 114 Intro to Pathophysiology 
  • AH 105 Calculations for Allied Health 
  • BA 214 Business Communications 
  • BI 105 Essentials of Human Biology 


 2. A pathway with more transferable credits for those pursuing other advanced degrees (Total prerequisite credits 25-29).

  • AH 114 Intro to Pathophysiology 
  • MTH 105 Math in Society 
  • WR 121 Academic Composition
  • BI 231 & 232 & 232 Anatomy and Physiology I,II &III 


  1. A single-course option for students who have completed the COCC Nursing Program prerequisites (BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology IBI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIBI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIIMTH 105 Math in Society, and WR 121 Academic Composition).
  • AH 114 Intro to Pathophysiology 


When possible, students opting for the rapid prerequisite pathway are encouraged to start prerequisite classes by Spring term versus trying to complete all prerequisites during Summer term.

Students who have time to complete the human relations requirement (AH 115 Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health or COMM 115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication or COMM 219 Small Group Communication) before entering core program classes are encouraged to do so. The human relations requirement can technically be completed any time before completion of the certificate.

Students can substitute:

  • Math classes higher than MTH 105 Math in Society to meet the math requirement.
  • AH 111 Medical Terminology I, AH 112 Medical Terminology II, and AH 113 Introduction Study of Disease for AH 114 Introduction to Pathophysiology.
  • BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BI 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and BI 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III OR BI 121 Anatomy and Function I and BI 122 Anatomy and Function II for BI 105 Essentials of Human Biology.