Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program (MDA) offers numerous program options including a  Certificate program or an Associate Degree program. Both clinical and administrative skills are included in the course work. Upon successful completion of the Medical Assisting Certificate program, students are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) certification exam. OCC students have had a 100% success rate on this exam from 2001 to present.

Individual certificates of achievement are also offered. Each option offers students marketable skills in many health care professions.

Oakland Community College Medical Assisting Program is affiliated with area health care systems that offer tuition free apprenticeship programs.  

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Did you know?Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29% from 2016-2026, 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. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. The median annual wage for medical assistants was $32,480 in May 2017. *Bureau of Labor Statistics.

100% CMA AAMA Exam Pass Rate

MEDICAL ASSISTING - 2021 Orientation Schedule

Orientations will be held through Zoom meetings. 

Students may register for MDA 1103 Medical Terminology and MDA 1350 Medical Law/Ethics prior to attending one of the following orientation sessions.

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6pm-closed 
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6pm-closed    
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6pm-closed 
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10am -closed
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10am  
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 6pm-closed
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 1pm 

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With additional education, medical assistants may move into other allied health occupations such as:

  • Health Care Administration & Technical Education

Program Highlights

  • Part-time or full-time course loads; Programs that can be completed in one semester include: Medical Insurance Coding and Billing-MDA.MIC.CA, Medical Office Administrative Procedures-MDA.MOA.CA, and Phlebotomy-MDA.PHT.CA.
  • The Medical Assisting Certificate program (MDA.CT) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.
  • No selection process for Certificates of Achievements-Medical Insurance Coding and Billing (MDA.MIC.CA), Medical Office Administrative Procedures (MDA.MOA.CA), and Phlebotomy (MDA.PHT.CA).
  • Selection is required at the point of practicum/externships placements for the Medical Assisting Certificate (MDA.CT) or the Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science (MDA.AAS).
  • The Medical Assisting program has a 100% graduate satisfaction rating for the past five reporting years. The CMA(AAMA) exam passage rate for 2017 graduates is 100%.
  • Students must attend a Medical Assisting Orientation Session and pass a mandatory criminal background check prior to registration into all MDA courses (except MDA 1350 and MDA 1103).


Medical Assisting Certificate