Certificate in Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting 1 + 1 program is designed for certificate completion in four (4) quarters or one full calendar year. Upon completion of the certificate (part one of the program), students may add an additional 3-4 quarters to complete the general education requirement (part two) and earn the AS degree in Medical Assisting.


In keeping with the mission of the college, the mission of the Medical Assisting program at South College is to provide a quality education which prepares competent and compassionate graduates, well-qualified to meet the professional, ethical, and intellectual demands of functioning as members of the health care delivery team in an ambulatory care setting. The program seeks to:

  • Establish a firm base of knowledge in general education, medical science, and medical office routines which provides entry-level competencies in the fundamental concepts and theories applicable to medical assisting practices and procedures.
  • Engender the development of skills in clerical/administrative, clinical, and laboratory/technical areas pertinent to entry-level competencies of a medical assistant and the needs of the community and employment market.
  • Foster the growth of students into competent medical assisting professionals who will demonstrate superior principles of legal, ethical, and moral integrity.
  • Expect and provide for the continued professional development of the medical assisting faculty to assure excellence in the program’s curriculum.

Role of the Medical Assistant in Health Care Delivery

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. The Medical Assisting program is established based upon the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Educational Programs (2015 Revision) which emphasizes competency-based skills, as well as general knowledge. Student competencies are validated through performance on written and practical exams, skills performance assessments, and a clinical practicum. Graduates of the program are prepared to assist practitioners in examining and treating patients, performing laboratory testing, and managing the administrative and clinical responsibilities associated with efficient medical office operations. The curriculum does not train for employment in medical laboratories either in the state of Tennessee or any other state.


Advance your career by earning a certificate.


Experience hands-on learning outside of the classroom through clinical practice.


Serve the community as a healthcare professional.

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Certificate in Medical Assisting Accreditation

The South College Certificate in Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Pro¬grams (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs 
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North 
Suite 158 
Clearwater, FL 33763 
Phone: 727-210-2350 

Students completing the Certificate in Medical Assisting program may choose to continue and earn an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting degree. 

Certification Credential

Although there is no state licensure for medical assistants, as a graduate of a CAAHEP accredited program, students are qualified to take the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) Certification Exam. The CMA (AAMA) credential is awarded to individuals who pass the AAMA Certification Exam. The certification exam is required and graduates who successfully complete the exam are demonstrating the mark of a profes­sional and the ability to competently perform clinical and administrative duties in a medical office. The distinction of being a Certified Medical Assistant is a credential many physician-employers require.



Program Effectiveness Data Statistic
Retention 85.54% (5 year data)
Employer Satisfaction 100 % (5 year average)
Certification Pass Rates 84.78% (5 year average)

Consumer Information: Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.