Medical Assisting: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Medical Assisting: Certificate

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Become a multi-skilled health professional performing administrative and clinical duties.

Program Description

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals who perform administrative and clinical duties under the supervision of a physician in general and specialty practices, clinics, hospitals, laboratories and home health.

Duties include making appointments, coding and billing insurances, taking vital signs, preparing patients for physical examination, phlebotomy, performing laboratory work and electrocardiograms.

The TCL Medical Assisting program prepares graduates in three-semesters with 40-credit-hours. Courses include general education, science and medical assisting that are taught in the classroom and at various clinical sites throughout the Lowcountry.

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. South Carolina’s annual mean wage for medical assistants is $31,080, according to 2017 reports from the U.S. Labor Statistics. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.


Certify Your Skills

Students must complete 160 hours of off-campus clinical experiences as part of curriculum in order to graduate and become eligible to take the credentialing examination. Students will be awarded a medical assisting certificate in health science upon satisfactory completion.

In order to obtain national credentialing the students can take exams through several professional organizations such as the American Medical Technologist (AMT), the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), or the National Healthcare Association (NHA). Graduates are also eligible to take Phlebotomy and Electrocardiogram Technician certification exams.

Accreditation & Accolades

Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
The one-year, three-semester Medical Assisting program is 40 credit hours.
Quick Fact 2
Medical assisting is among the 10 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S.
Quick Fact 3
Medical assistants require a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and skills.

What People Are Saying

“A growing number of area health care facilities are seeking qualified medical assistants to help their offices run more smoothly.”

Jaclyn Howarth Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission Requirements

Students are encouraged to meet with the program director for advisement regarding program requirements and general education courses.

What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 40 credits x $190 per credit = $7,600.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

Is this program for you?

Yes, particularly if you:

• Enjoy caring for others.
• Like working in medical environments.
• Are task-oriented and organized.

Program Dean

Glenn Levicki

Division Dean/Health Sciences


Jaclyn Valenti

Medical Assisting Program Director/Health Sciences

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