A young female medical assistant takes a patient's blood pressure reading.You can earn an career certificate and become a medical assistant in about 18 months of study. Classes meet at the Highlands Campus.

Medical assistants are employed in doctor’s offices, clinics, and other health care facilities. They perform administrative office tasks and certain clinical procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed physician.

  • Perform aseptic procedures
  • Take vital signs
  • Prepare patients for the physician’s care
  • Perform venipunctures and administer non-intravenous injections
  • Observe and report patients’ signs or symptoms to the physician
  • Administer basic first aid
  • Assist the physician with patient examinations
  • Operate office medical equipment
  • Collect routine laboratory specimens
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by the physician
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Perform office procedures such as recording patient history and personal information and scheduling appointments

In Central Florida, medical assistants make an average wage of approximately $15 per hour. As the demand for health care continues to grow, so does the need for medical assistants. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that jobs for medical assistants will increase by 23 percent over the next seven years.

Course Map

Fall Term (1)
Introduction to Health Care
Anatomy and Physiology
Occupational Medical Terminology I
Occupational Introductory Keyboarding
Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I
Occupational Medical Office Procedures
Occupational Medical Insurance and Billing
Fundamentals of Radiography
Spring Term
Pathophysiology and Disease
Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II
Introduction to Pharmacology
Medical Lab Procedures I
Medical Assisting Seminar
Summer Term
EKG Aide
Fall Term (2)
Medical Assisting Practicum I

Length: 1,300 contact hours / 43.33 occupational credits

Graduating from the program entitles you to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMT) examination, offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). Health care employers look to this certification as a way of determining that you possess the skills and knowledge to work as a medical assistant. For more information, contact:

American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont, IL 60018

How to Apply

Complete an SFSC online application.

Meet with an advisor to discuss program placement, your special needs, financial aid, and registration and enrollment procedures for the program. You must also take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and achieve a score of 10 in all areas (or meet exception criteria).

More Information

Teresa Crawford

Director, Hardee Campus



Helpful Links

Job Outlook for Medical Assistants

Duties of a Medical Assistant in Florida