As a professional and multi-skilled worker, a medical assistant performs administrative and clinical duties in the health care field. Medical assistants are classified as allied health practitioners and can be found in physician offices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory facilities and other related businesses. This program prepares graduates to take the national test for certification, allowing the student to become a certified medical assistant.

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) which is responsible for the certification of Medical Assistants, has varied restrictions that may affect persons with a history of felony convictions. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the certification examination. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the AAMA at 800-228-2262 concerning questions they may have regarding their eligibility for certification.

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a Minnesota licensed health care facility have a background study. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the Medical Assistant program at Ridgewater College, will result in ineligibility to qualify for a diploma in medical assisting.

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

Course Outline
Required Courses
(20 Courses)
Course Title Credits
HLTH 1130 Medical Terminology
HLTH 1160 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
HLTH 1200 Disease Conditions
HLTH 1220 Pharmacology for Allied Health
MEDA 1002 Applied Communications/Scribing I
MEDA 1102 Applied Communications/Scribing II
MEDA 1110 Human Relations for Health Care
MEDA 1135 Clinical Procedures I
MEDA 1225 Orientation to Medical Lab
MEDA 1235 Clinical Procedures II
MEDA 1313 Human Development for Allied Health
MEDA 1324 Lab Skills I
MEDA 1326 Lab Skills II
MEDA 1328 Certification Exam Review I
MEDA 1451 Practicum Seminar
MEDA 1540 Medical Office Procedures
MEDA 2020 Certification Exam Review II
MEDA 2100 Practicum
MEDA 2310 Laboratory Procedures I
MEDA 2320 Laboratory Procedures II
Total Credits: 49  
Total Diploma Credits: 49