Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant and doctor making arrangements with the patient to schedule an appointment

Provide support and assistance under the instruction and supervision of a physician.


A medical assistant performs clerical and/or clinical duties for physicians in their office or other medical settings. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to take the national certification exam for CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants or the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) offered by the American Medical Technologists.


Clerical duties may include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, handling telephones calls, and assuming responsibilities for billing, collections, and insurance claims. Clinical duties may include preparing patients for examination and/or treatment; obtaining the blood pressure, pulse, and temperature; administering medication; assisting the physician in the examination; performing phlebotomy, medical laboratory procedure, and electrocardiograms.

Employment Opportunities:

A well-trained support staff is a tremendous asset to any clinical, medical, or dental setting. Skilled personnel is needed in a variety of areas such as physicians and dental offices, long-time-care facilities and hospitals, and medical insurance companies.

Career Opportunities:

  • Secretary
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physician Assistant

Employment Outlook:

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2020 to 2030.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $16.31 hourly or $34,800 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1300 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker90 Hours
OCP BIntroduction to Medical Assisting
Medical Office Procedures
250 Hours
75 Hours
OCP CPhlebotomist, MA75 Hours
OCP DEKG Aide, MA75 Hours
OCP EClinical Assisting
Pharmacology for Medical Assisting
Laboratory Procedures
Administrative Office Procedures
Practicum Experience
230 Hours
90 Hours
125 Hours
90 Hours
200 Hours
Total Hours: 1300


Location & Course’s Schedule:

Medical Assistant is available at the following school (s):

D.A. Dorsey Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Monday - Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Dade Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

D.A. Dorsey Technical College
(305) 693-3143
Jackie Benjamin
Don Hylor Jr.
Ext. 2171
Ext. 2172
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
(305) 557-1100
Danielle Taylor
Jackie Benjamin
Vanessa Torres
Elizabeth Forero
Ext. 2230
Ext. 2215
Ext. 2250
Ext. 2216
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
(305) 253-9920
Mirtha Silverang
Maria Ruiz
Kathy Pearson
Irene Montoto
Ext. 2145
Ext. 2147
Ext. 2159
Ext. 2150
South Dade Technical College
(305) 247-7839
Oscar de LeonExt. 2111



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