Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC)


Medical assistants are multi-skilled professionals who perform administrative, clinical, and management functions in medical practice organizations.
The Medical Assistant certificate prepares students to work in physicians’ offices providing patient care, performing administrative tasks, and managing the medical office. Job responsibilities may include:

  • Administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, handling correspondence, maintaining and filing patient records, billing, bookkeeping, and completing insurance forms
  • Clinical tasks including taking and recording medical histories, preparing patients for examinations, assisting with examinations and office surgeries, measuring vital signs, performing therapeutic and diagnostic tests, and giving injections
  • Management tasks related to patient care, office personnel, and physician time

Medical Assistant students complete supervised clinical practice, including 160 hours of unpaid practicum experience, to develop their medical assisting competencies. Students who complete the program successfully are eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

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The Cincinnati State Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone 727-210-2350. Website:

The program's curriculum is guided by the standards developed by the Commission. The accreditation status means Cincinnati State has met the standards required of the profession and helps to assure the public that program graduates are competent clinicians. It also qualifies the College's Medical Assistant Certificate graduates to sit for the CMA (AAMA) certification examination.

Verification of accreditation can be viewed at the CAAHEP website:
Medical Assistant Certificate Program Outcomes
5-year Weighted Average
(based on 2017 Annual Report)
Retention (successfully graduate) 88.74%
Career Placement 75.78%


Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in physicians’ offices providing patient care, performing administrative tasks, and managing the medical office
  • Take the examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Medical Assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$29,370 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging baby boomer population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC)

All certificate seeking students must complete a First Year Experience (FYE) course as part of the first 12 credit hours taken at Cincinnati State.

Program Prerequisites: BIO 111 Biology: Unity of Life, PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology

Semester 1LecLabCredits
MA 100Clinical Procedures for Medical Assistants 334
MA 105Administrative Procedures for Medical Assistants 244
MCH 100Healthcare Informatics 202
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology 303
BIO 117Human Body in Health and Disease 303
Semester 2  
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
MA 110Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 345
MA 115Pharmacology for Medical Assistants 303
MA 120Medical Office Insurance Coding and Billing 202
Semester 3  
MA 125Externship and Seminar for Medical Assistants 2124
PSY 225Lifespan Development 303
Total Credits:  292336

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Patricia Christos, RMA
(513) 569-1671
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