Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting - Manatee Technical College

Program Content: The content includes, but is not limited to, communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, health-illness concepts, administrative and clinical duties, emergency procedures including CPR and first aid, safety and security procedures, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and employability skills.

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry: planning, management, finance, medical office reception, electronic medical records, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Medical Assisting is a 1300-clock hour program; the structure allows students to complete specified portions of the program for employment. The program completes with a 210 hour internship at a local physician’s office or clinic.

Mission Statement: The mission of the MTC Medical Assisting Program is to inspire academic, professional, and ethical excellence in order to attain a quality education which meets the standards of care for a diverse population. In addition, focus is placed on teaching broad, transferable skills which will assist students in pursuing their dreams in many areas of the medical profession.

The Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students for employment as medical assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will be equipped to function as administrative assistants with clerical and managerial skills, as well as clinical assistants competent in ECG, phlebotomy, laboratory skills, patient care and education. The program is in accordance with the Florida Statutes for Medical Assistants. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program, located on the MTC East campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350.

1. Apply to MTC at:
      Submit your application to access your “To-Do List.”
2. Attend a program information session. Call 941.752.8100, prompts 2, 3, and 5 for more information.
3. Complete your “To-Do List” at
4. Submit your criminal background information as shown on your “To-Do List.”

The deadline for your completed “To-Do List” is 4 weeks prior to the class start date.

Note: TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) must be taken within 6 weeks of your admit date,  unless exemption criteria has been documented.
For exemption information, see TABE exemption in the Student Handbook located here:

Length of Program: This program is 1300 clock hours, which takes approximately 11 months to complete if attending full-time.

Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn AAMA Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified EKG Technician (CET), and Certified Phlebotomy Technician certifications.

On-Time Completion Rate: 100%

Download Program Information Sheet

Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Medical Assisting (New) (H170515)

Instructor: Chamberlain

For More Information: Please contact Amy Gates at 941.752.8100 x 2032, Email


 Manatee Technical College Medical Assisting Program Outcomes Five-year Average

The Medical Assisting program at Manatee Technical College has a graduate satisfaction rate average of 98% over the past five years.  Five-year average for employer satisfaction is 98%.  MTC’s AAMA-CMA National exam participation is 92% over the past five years, with an 80% pass rate.