Medical Assistant


A CAAHEP Accredited Program - ONLY students who graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program are allowed to take the national certification exam to become a CMA(AAMA)!

Students will be taught a wide variety of laboratory, clinical, and administrative skills. During the first semester, curriculum emphasizes lab and clinical procedures as well as office machines. Clinical time in physicians’ offices is spent at the end of the second semester to give students a chance to put to use their newly acquired skills. The program is three semesters in length. The last six weeks of the program is a practicum in an area physician’s office or clinic.

After graduation, a national test for certification can be taken, allowing the student to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA, AAMA).

Clinical skills:

  • Vital signs
  • Injections
  • Supply sterilization
  • Patient positioning
  • Assisting with procedures

Laboratory skills:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Microscopy
  • Use of cell counters
  • Recording of ECG’s

Administrative skills:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Insurance claims
  • Banking/payroll
  • Medical coding
  • Medical records

The medical assistant is a professional, multi-skilled person dedicated to assisting in patient care management. The practitioner performs administrative and clinical duties and may manage emergency situations, facilities and/or personnel.

Medical assistants can be found in doctor offices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory facilities and other healthcare-related businesses. As a medical assistant, you might do office work, including answering phones or working with medical record, insurance forms, or accounts payable.

As the doctor’s assistant, you would help with examinations, treatments, or medical histories, and perform diagnostic tests, sterilize instruments, and give injections. The laboratory exams include blood work, urinalysis, electrocardiograms, microbiology, and other types of routine lab work done in the doctor’s office.

The Ridgewater College Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350





Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.