MEDICAL ASSISTING (MA23)

The Medical Assisting degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting degree.

Acceptance to the Medical Assisting program is via a competitive selection process based primarily on grade point average of prerequisite courses and score on the PSB Allied Health Aptitude test.

Admission Requirements To The Medical Assisting Program

  • Application and admission to Central Georgia Technical College
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher on these specific courses:
        Diploma: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, BUSN 1440, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1040, and ALHS 1090
        Degree: ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, BUSN 1440, BIOL 2113 and 2113L, BIOL 2114 and 2114L,
            ALHS 1040, and ALHS 1090
  • Completion of the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam. There is not a minimum or maximum score.
  • Students must submit an online Progression Form upon completion of the required core courses and the PSB Exam. Be advised of the deadlines as listed online.
  • Selection will be based on a calculation using the student's GPA of required courses x 100 + the student's PSB Examination score. Selection will begin with the highest calculated scores and descend in numerical order until the available slots are filled.
  • The progression process determines the academic order of selection in which students are selected to progress in the Medical Assisting program with the understanding that ONLY the students with the highest calculated GPA's and PSB scores will be selected until the process is complete with the first 20 students on the Macon Campus per semester (and the first 12 on the Milledgeville Campus Fall and Spring semester).

Student Expenses Prior to Externship

  • Uniform and accessories for externship
  • Background check
  • TB test
  • Drug screen
  • Physical examination
  • Immunizations or titers
  • Current CPR card
  • Malpractice insurance provided by Central Georgia Technical College
  • NCCT review book
  • Certification test

Academic Progress

  • Students must pass all MAST courses with a "C" or above and maintain a GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to progress to the next semester of courses and remain on track. Students who receive a grade below "C" are considered off-track and will be subject to repeat the course upon space availability. Only one course failure is allowed once in the program.
  • Medical Assisting students who withdrew with the intent to return will only receive consideration based on space availability regardless of the term. A transfer student attempting to gain admission or readmission to the Medical Assisting Program will only receive consideration after taking the PSB Exam, submitting their official academic transcripts from their previously attended college(s) and completion of the progression form. The Registrar's Office will review such requests and make the admission decision accordingly.
  • If the student becomes off track, the student will need to reapply for the program by filling out the progression form. When the student is considered off track, their MAST classes are only acceptable if they are 2 years old or less. If they are older than 2 years, then the student must repeat the class(es).
  • Students who have withdrawn, requested to transfer, or students who have taken upper level courses attempting to improve their chance of being re-admitted to the program will not gain/obtain an advantage and will not be given assurance that space will be allotted. History shows that very few students are admitted/returned/or re-admitted under these circumstances.
  • An adverse finding on a student's background check may keep them from participating in externship and CGTC does not guarantee the student a site. The clinical site has the right to refuse a student based on an adverse background check or drug screen.
§ Graduates of the Medical Assisting program will be eligible to take the National Medical Assistant Certification Exam through National Center for Competency Testing. A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be admitted into the program but may prohibit one from taking the certification exam. For more information please visit NCCT's webpage at www.ncctinc.com.


Associate Degree
Program Length 70 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; minimum age: 17
Entrance Dates Every Semester
Offered Macon, Warner Robins and Milledgeville Campuses

Medical Assisting Curriculum
   

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses
15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication  
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
     
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
3
     
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
  Choose one of the following Math courses:
MATH 1100 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
3
  OR  
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling
(3)
  OR  
MATH 1111 College Algebra
(3)
     
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts  
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
3
     
XXXX xxxx General Education Core Elective (Areas I - IV)
3
     
Occupational Courses
55
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Healthcare
3
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences
2
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
1
BUSN 1440 Document Production
4
MAST 1010 Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Medical Office
2
MAST 1030 Pharmacology in the Medical Office
4
MAST 1060 Medical Office Procedures
4
MAST 1080 Medical Assisting Skills I
4
MAST 1090 Medical Assisting Skills II
4
MAST 1100 Medical Insurance Management
2
MAST 1110 Administrative Practice Management
3
MAST 1120 Human Pathological Conditions in the Medical Office
3
MAST 1170 Medical Assisting Externship
6
MAST 1180 Medical Assisting Seminar
3
     
 
Total Hours
70