Medical Assistant Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Principles of Clinical Practice AHE110 3
Medical Assistant Skills AHE112 3 co-req AHE110
Vital Signs: Understanding Human Behavior for Health Care Professionals. AHE104 3 PSY101
Advanced Clinical Skills AHE201 3 AHE111 or AHE112
Practicum/Medical Assistant AHE205 3 AHE112; co-req AHE201
Practicum Seminar Allied Health AHE209 1 co-req AHE205
Computer or Office Adm. Course 3
Procedures for the Medical Office OIM170 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 25

Additional Information

This is a selective program. View Selective Program Application and Instructions

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This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus.

Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Admission to an Allied Health program does not guarantee clinical placement. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. For further information, see the Department Chair. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in AHE110 and AHE112 in order to continue into the second semester.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to this program, students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certification. 
  • Attend an information session. 
  • Provide evidence of health insurance and complete a health form.

Program Overview

This program prepares students to function as members of a health care delivery team and to perform administrative and clinical duties. The program prepares students in Healthcare Provider CPR, EKG, and phlebotomy.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and physicians’ offices as multi-skilled workers, medical assistants, medical aides, clinical assistants, and clinical practice assistants.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Assist with the examination and treatment of patients in clinical areas, phlebotomy, and EKG. 
  • Perform computer and medical office tasks.