2019-2020 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assisting Diploma

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Program Description

The Medical Assisting diploma prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The 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 diploma. The goal of the medical assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) domain. This program is only offered full-time, during the day. Once a student starts courses with a MAST prefix, the student must complete them in the order outlined in the sample schedule. Due to guidelines set forth for work product by the accrediting body, students must complete all MAST courses at Gwinnett Technical College in order to complete the program. (Program length: 5 Semesters Minimum)

View the Medical Assisting Diploma Program Fact Sheet  for additional information.

The Gwinnett Technical College diploma level Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of the Gwinnett Tech Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for national certification for medical assisting. Gwinnett Tech medical assisting program percentage for 2017 Exam Passage of 100%.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: 727- 210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354


Length of time to complete prerequisites varies depending on applicants’ transfer credit and/or testing results. The time to complete prerequisites is not included in the total program length listed. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the admissions office once pre-requisites have been completed. File completion does not guarantee acceptance. Prerequisites must be completed by the deadline for fall admission with a 2.5 GPA. (ALHS 1090 , ALHS 1011 , ENGL 1010  or ENGL 1101 , MATH 1012  or MATH 1111 , PSYC 1010  or PSYC 1101 , and FYES 1000 .)

Applicants are required to take the TEAS V test which is administered in the Assessment Center as part of a competitive admission process begins. Please see the competitive health application at http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/enrollment/forms-documents/ for additional information.

For programs of study that have a clinical/lab component, the minimum age for admission must be at least 18 years of age.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of all courses. All Medical Assisting students are required to pass a comprehensive exit exam with a score of 70% or better or pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam. The comprehensive exam is administered in MAST 1180 , Medical Assisting Seminar.

Employment Opportunities

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group practices, performing administrative and clinical procedures.

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