Medical Assisting - Certificate of Completion

Doña Ana Community College

2024-2025 Catalog

Medical assistants work alongside physicians primarily in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices, clinics, and urgent care centers.  Medical assistants who earn their AAS in Medical Assisting are cross trained to perform administrative and clinical duties, whereas medical assistants who earn their certificate in medical assisting will be trained for clinical duties only.

Clinical duties include but are not limited to taking medical histories; explaining treatments and procedures to patients; collecting and preparing lab specimens; preparing and administering medications; performing electrocardiograms; and assisting physicians during examinations.

Administrative duties include but are not limited to answering telephones; updating and filing patient medical records; scheduling appointments; billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical Clearance Packet

Students registering for a course that has a clinical component ( NA 109 Phlebotomist Basic, NA 110 Electrocardiogram Technician Basic, NA 214 Medical Assistant Practicum) are required to complete a clinical clearance packet and submit online to Castlebranch for the director's approval to register.

Mandatory Attendance

Students must attend all class meetings and lab sessions to be eligible for national certification testing. Clinical courses take place off-campus, students will need to have personal transportation.

(38 credits)

NOTE: Students must earn a final grade of C or better in all required courses and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. 

Prefix Title Credits
OEEM 101CPR for the Health Care Professional1
AHS 120Medical Terminology3
BIOL 1130GIntroductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors) (or BIOL 2225)4
NA 114Patient Care Fundamentals4
HIT 110Electronic Health Records3
HIT 120Health Information Introduction to Pharmacology3
NA 109Phlebotomist Basic4
NA 110Electrocardiogram Technician Basic4
NA 212Medical Assistant Capstone Course6
NA 214Medical Assistant Practicum6
Total Credits38
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
OEEM 101 CPR for the Health Care Professional 1
AHS 120 Medical Terminology 3
BIOL 1130G Introductory Anatomy & Physiology (non-majors) (or BIOL 2225) 4
NA 109 Phlebotomist Basic 4
NA 114 Patient Care Fundamentals 4
Semester 2
HIT 110 Electronic Health Records 3
NA 110 Electrocardiogram Technician Basic 4
NA 212 Medical Assistant Capstone Course 6
HIT 120 Health Information Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Semester 3
NA 214 Medical Assistant Practicum 6
 Total Credits38