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Medical Assistant

What is a Medical Assistant and a CMA?

“Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory healthcare settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly affects the public’s health and well-being and requires a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.” (2008 AAMA Standards)

Medical Assistants perform administrative (including reception, records management, billing and insurance claim form processing, transcription, etc.) and clinical duties (including: assisting the physician with exams and treatments, performing EKGs, laboratory testing, administering medications, taking vital signs, using aseptic techniques, etc.) and may manage emergency situations, facilities and personnel. Competence in the field also requires that Medical Assistants have knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, display professionalism, communicate effectively, and provide instruction to patients according to their individual needs.

We encourage professional credentialing. Jackson College graduates may become a Certified Medical Assistants
[CMA(AAMA)] by taking the American Association of Medical Assistant's certification examination upon completion of their program. Students qualify for taking the CMA(AAMA) exam by completion of the Certificate-Medical Assistant first and then have the option of also completing the Associate Degree in Applied Science-Medical Assistant. Current applications and qualification information for this exam may be found at:

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1362 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210 2350

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board - The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), an autonomous unit within the Endowment, evaluates medical assisting programs according to Standards adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The MAERB then recommends programs to CAAHEP for accreditation

What is CAAHEP? - CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty (20) health science occupations.

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