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Program: Medical Assisting


Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Level 1 Certificate)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.MED.ASST.18

This 12-month program is designed to prepare individuals to perform the duties of a medical assistant who can function in an acute care clinical setting or physician's office in the areas of: medical office administration, clinical lab procedures, examining room assisting and physicians office laboratory procedures. The student may elect to complete the program either as a block CEU program or as a credit certificate program.

The El Centro campus Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs ( upon recommendation of the Curriculum Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775; Phone: 727-201-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
Prerequisite Total 6
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology OR 3
HPRS 2302 Medical Terminology for Allied Health (3)
MDCA 1409 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 4
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MDCA 1391 Special Topics in Medical Assistant 3
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 3
Semester Total 6
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MDCA 1443 Medical Insurance 4
MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures 4
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 4
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MDCA 2361 Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant 3
MDCA 1154 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review 1
Semester Total 4
Minimum Hours Required 40

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.