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Medical Assisting, A.A.S.

Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admissions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (code AAS.MDA.MDA)

Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.

Learn more about the Medical Assisting Degree program

Purpose: Prepares students for employment in physicians’ offices, hospital administrative offices, clinics, medical departments of industry and government and wherever basic office and clinical skills are required. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification examinations given by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA), the American Medical Technologists to earn a Registered Medical Assistant Certification, and the National Health Care Association for Certified Medical Assistants and/or Medical Administrative Assistants. Persons who already are employed in this field may enroll in this program for career development.

Range of Occupations

  • Administrative medical assistant
  • Clinical medical assistant
  • Medical office management

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirement

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession, admission and academic requirements will be discussed. For online schedule, go to
  2. Submit a program application to FLRS 100.
  3. High school graduate or equivalency. Official transcripts required.
  4. 18 years of age or older by the first day of class.
  5. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  6. Eligibility for a mathematics general education course (see General Education Mathematics Requirements ).
  7. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better.
  8. Prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  9. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at or WES (World Education Services) at
  10. Foreign educated students whose native language is not English must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112 , ENG 115 /ENG 116 , or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of “C” or better prior to applying to the program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  11. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  12. Submission of completed health examination record.
  13. Submission of a current American Heart Association CPR for health care providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Medical Assisting course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Students will apply for the Medical Assisting program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission. To be considered for conditional acceptance, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the medical assisting course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the medical assisting department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

All medical assisting program students must receive a minimum grade of C in each medical assisting and general education course. Students who receive a final grade below C in any medical assisting course will be awarded a grade of F in that course.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements     


Medical Assisting Program Sequence

Program Requirements

Entrance Term

Total credit hours: 4

Total credit hours: 10

Total credit hours: 13

First Year - Term 3

Total credit hours: 4

Total credit hours: 13

Second Year - Term 2

Total credit hours: 16

Program Outcomes

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

  • Utilize technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their clinical/administrative performance.
  • Practice their profession within the medical assisting legal framework, using sound ethical values.
  • Promote and maintain cooperative and successful relationships between clients, patients, physicians, allied health providers, and the health care community.
  • Promote advocacy of the profession through affiliations with professional organizations, marketing of professional knowledge and skills, and by becoming vital members of the health care delivery system and community.
  • Obtain eligibility to sit for certification and/or registration exams.
  • Practice the profession of medical assisting with the recognition of and sensitivity to, cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.
  • Participate in continuing education and the development of new knowledge and skills.
  • Make a substantial contribution to the quality of health care in the United States and globally.
  • Successfully pass the CMA (AAMA) national certification and/or RMA (AMT) registry examinations.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to