Medical Assistant Program

I like the way (the program is) set up, because it shows you the whole scheme of a medical office and it leaves you very prepared.
- Frances Poniatowski, C.M.A., Oakland Macomb OBGYN

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Medical Assistants are cross-trained in both office and clinical procedures so that they may assist physicians and other health care professionals in a variety of ways. Part of the team at doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics, Medical Assistants often work side by side with physicians. Their responsibilities may include taking patient’s medical history and their vital signs, scheduling appointments, and preparing blood and other specimens for laboratory testing.

Macomb’s Medical Assistant Program

In Macomb’s Medical Assistant Program, you will be introduced to anatomy and physiology, medical office procedures, diagnostic procedures and laboratory procedures, including urinalysis, hematology, microbiology and blood chemistry. You will learn how to complete medical insurance forms, calculate, prepare and administer pharmaceuticals, and the basic skills of phlebotomy, as you prepare to assist physicians in delivering health care services to patients. The program prepares you for the American Association of Medical Assistant’s National Certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant. 

Medical Assistant Program Outcomes

CMA (AAMA) Exam Pass Rates:

Grad Yr.           Pass Rate          # student passing/#taking
2014 85% 28/33
2013 81% 30/37
2012 74% 14/19
2011 91% 30/33
2010 81% 17/21 

5 year average pass rate 82.4%

Medical Assistant Courses at Macomb

In the Medical Assistant Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Effective Communication for the Medical Office
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Medical Office
  • Administrative Medical Business Practices
  • Financial Medical Business Practices
  • Citizen Emergency Preparedness for Medical Assistants
  • Infection Control Practices
  • Pharmacology for Medical Assistants
  • Medical Assistant Administration Practicum
  • Body Systems
  • Applied Math for Medical Assistants
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Medical Assistant Phlebotomy
  • Fundamental Clinical Office Skills
  • Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum
  • Medical Assistant Refresher/Review Course

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Medical Assistant

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Medical Assistant, you will be qualified for positions that include medical assistant or medical secretary.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Medical Assistant Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.210.2350

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Medical Assistant Program?

For more information about the Medical Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the Medical Assistant Program advisor: Professor Donna Domanke-Nuytten, 586.226.4708.

Find out more now with the complete Medical Assistant Program Description.

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