Aug 16, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Medical Assistant Certificate

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Wendi Tatro, 413.552.2236,


This program prepares students to become medical assistants and be ready for employment in hospitals, health centers, health clinics, HMO’s, and physicians’ offices.  Upon successful completion of the medical assisting registry exam, as administered by the American Medical Technologists, the student will become a registered medical assistant (RMA).


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • maintain electronic health records for patient data, reimbursement, claims submission, and payment
  • perform basic phlebotomy techniques
  • perform many front desk functions in a provider’s office
  • describe the major organ systems and pathological conditions that affect the human body
  • perform electrocardiography procedures
  • describe the major drug classifications regarding indications and mechanisms of action, and potential for drug-drug or drug-food interactions
  • obtain patient history and vital signs
  • prepare the patient for examination



1Students who have completed BIO 111  or BIO 217 -BIO 218  with a C or better within the last seven years do not need to take HMC 107  .

2Uniforms will be required for the following courses: MEA 108  , MEA 125  , MEA 210 ,

3MEA 225  is the last course to be taken for the program.

Drug Screening Policy

Several health care facilities affiliated with the College’s Health Sciences Division are now requiring that students have a negative drug screen prior to beginning clinical/externship experiences in their facility. In addition, a clinical/externship facility may require the student to submit and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that facility. Therefore, passing a drug screen will now be considered an essential function for all students participating in the Health Division programs. If a student fails drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible for clinical placement. Failure and/or refusal of drug screenings are grounds for immediate removal from the Health Division program. Students will be provided with the drug screen procedure during the orientation process. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Division of Health’s exclusive laboratory for student drug testing.

Acceptance to the Medical Assistant Certificate Program will be on a selective basis.

  • Fall acceptance only
  • Eligibility for ENG 101  
  • Prospective students must file an application with the Admissions office.

Once accepted to the program, students are required to attend the Medical Assistant Orientation in late August (date TBD).

  • All academic MEA courses are offered in the evening only.
  • A grade of C or better in all MEA and HMC course work is required.
  • Students are required to have updated physical and immunizations prior to registering for fall classes.
  • Students must complete a CORI/SORI screening.
  • Clinical Externships range from 25-40 hours per week (160 total) in facilities with primarily daytime hours.  Students need to be available during summer session to complete this externship experience.
  • Additional course fees may apply


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