Medical Assisting

Program Description

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

  Certificate Diploma Degree Medical Assisting Review - CE
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Course Hours Fall, Spring

- Online


1 per week
9:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Fall, Spring, Summer

Class -


1 - 2 per week
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mon - Thu
Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall (2), Spring (2)

Class - Online

1 - 2 per week
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mon- Thur
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Class - Online

Program Content

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.


Johnston Community College's CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting program has an apprenticeship component, but it is not part of the accredited program. Rather, it has been designed to comply with CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting.

Students enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program are not prohibited from working concurrently as a medical assistant in a health care environment. As a result, the apprenticeship component is a paid position that some students are completing in conjunction with the program. Johnston Community College has no jurisdiction over what a student does for an outside employer. However, if a Medical Assisting student is enrolled in the apprenticeship component while completing their MED 260 Medical Clinical Practicum course, the student must be supervised and treated as student and not be substituted for staff during their clinical hours.

Medical Assisting apprenticeship students must be accepted into the Johnston Community College Medical Assisting Program before applying into the UNC Health - Medical Assisting Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices can get paid while gaining nationally recognized skills and professional credentials, as well as have their tuition paid while completing their classroom training to become a medical assistant.

Check out more information on the apprenticeship component through UNC Health.

Additional Information

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs at CAAHEP upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board MAERB

Graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, estimated cost of program, and other important information.

JCC's 5-year first-time pass rate is 91%. The national average is 65%

For more information:

Adrienne G. Allen
Program Director, Medical Assisting
Office: Health F164
Phone: (919) 209-2140