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Medical Assisting

About Our Program:

Our program is designed to prepare students for employment as medical assistants by providing state-of-the-art theory and clinical training using competency-based curriculum. The content includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Communication, interpersonal, employability skills
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Health-illness concepts
  • Administrative and clinical duties
  • Emergency preparedness and procedures including CPR and first aid
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology

Classroom and laboratory activities follow a competency-based format where students establish their own learning pace based on their individual learning style. This allows for flexibility based on life-long experience and basic skills level achievement. When students have completed instruction and clinical practice in the classroom, they are placed in a medical office or appropriate clinical working environment for practicum experience.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Background Check and Drug Testing may be required for externship

Program Structure:

This program consists of 1300 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of five Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker90 Hours
OCP BIntroduction to Medical Assisting
Medical Office Procedures
250 Hours
75 Hours
OCP CPhlebotomist, Medical Assisting75 Hours
OCP DEKG Aide, Medical Assisting75 Hours
OCP EClinical Assisting
Pharmacology for Medical Assisting
Laboratory Procedures
Administrative Office Procedures
Practicum Experience
230 Hours
90 Hours
125 Hours
90 Hours
200 Hours
Total Hours: 1300

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • Minimum basic-skills TABE® test: Math 10, Reading 10, Language 10; or
  • National certification exam for RMA (Registered Medical Assistant)

Employment Opportunities:

  • Medical offices and clinics
  • Urgent care centers
  • Ambulatory centers


The average wage for this career in Florida is $16.31 hourly or $34,800 annually.

Employment Outlook:

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29% from 2020 to 2030.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Visit the financial aid office for more information.

Program Hours:

South Dade Technical College
28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033
(305) 247-7839
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Medical Assisting

This program is designed to be completed in:52 weeks
Program cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed. In-state: $3,328.00
1,300 hours x $2.56= $3,328

Out-of-state: $13,325.00
1,300 hours x $10.25= $13,325
Fees $37.00 x 4 terms= $148
Insurance = $15
Books and supplies= $639.42
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Florida
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