Medical Assistants greet patients, prepare them for exams and perform routine clinical tasks like taking patient history, collecting vital signs, and more. They also often help with the administrative tasks of running an office: answering phones, making appointments, computer and paperwork.
A Career in Medical Assisting
As the demand for health care services continues to grow, physicians and other health care providers are in need of skilled and compassionate medical assistants to keep their practices running smoothly.
Medical Assistants are an important part of the daily operations in doctors’ offices and other health care facilities.
As a graduate of PTC’s Medical Assisting diploma program, you’ll be prepared to start a successful career providing direct patient care that has a positive and memorable impact on patients and their well-being.
Special Application Requirements
The Medical Assisting program has special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework.
What Will I Do as a Medical Assistant
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing medical assistants’ jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information online. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.
Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.
Some job duties may include:
- Take patient history and measure vital signs
- Help the physician with patient examinations
- Give patient injections as directed by the physician
- Schedule patient appointments
- Prepare blood for laboratory tests
Career Quick Facts
- Career Outlook
- Median Salary Average: $31,220
- SC Salary Range: $23,480-$40,700
- 88% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Physical Demands
- active (much walking, standing) -- all day
- lifting (up to 50 lbs)
- manual dexterity
- excellent vision/hearing
- hand/eye coordination, accurate swift movements
- computer work
- Entry Level Positions
- Medical Assistants
- List of Employers
Recent graduates have found work at:
- Abbeville Area Medical Center
- Abbeville Family Healthcare - Chiropractic Care
- Advanced Cardiology Associates
- Advanced Health Care
- Advanced Spine and Neurosurgical Associates
- Advanced Surgical Associates
- Anmed Health
- Carolina Health Centers
- Carolina Medical Weight Management
- Carolina Women's Center
- Carolinas Medical Center
- Cecil Y. Brown, MD Family Practice
- Chapin Family Practice
- Compass Family Practice
- Digestive Disease Group
- Doctors Care
- Dr. Camille L. Mason
- Dr. Cecil Brown
- Dr. McGinnis
- Easley Family Practice
- Family Health Care Center
- Family Health Care – Ware Shoals
- Family Medicine Associates
- Family Medicine Centers of SC
- Family Physicians of Greenwood
- Greenwood Eye Clinic
- Greenwood Genetic Center
- Greenwood Internal Medicine
- Greenwood Urological
- Home Health Care
- Internal Medicine of Greenwood
- Lakelands Orthopaedic Clinic
- Laurens Family Medicine
- Lexington Medical Center
- Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community
- Montague Eye Center
- Montgomery Center
- Newberry Family Health Care
- Pathology Services Associates, LLC
- Physicians Care
- Piedmont Cardiology
- Piedmont Health Group
- Piedmont Internal Medicine
- Piedmont Plastic Surgery
- Savannah Lakes Medical Center
- Self Regional Healthcare
- The Children's Center
- The Children's Clinic
- Tower Pointe Medical Center
- Uptown Family Practice
- White Oak Manor
The Medical Assisting program prepares a multi-skilled graduate to function in clinical and administrative areas of the physician’s office and ambulatory care centers. The program will prepare you to be competent in both administrative and clinical procedures.
Medical Assisting graduates may earn the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential by passing the National Certifying examination.
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33756; (727) 210-2350.
Medical Assisting Application Process
Medical Assisting is a limited enrollment program that has special admissions requirements. These requirements must be completed before you can be accepted.
If you are a new student, there are three key steps to complete before entering the Medical Assisting program:
- Step 1: Apply to the college and complete the enrollment process
- Step 2: Take the necessary courses to become Program-Ready
- Step 3: Apply to the program
Are You Program-Ready?
Before applying for program entry, be sure you meet the requirements for acceptance. Start by connecting with an advisor and review program requirements.
We've also provided the resources below to assist you with the program acceptance process.
- Medical Assisting Fact Sheet
Fact Sheets are designed for students and advisors to review program-specific requirements and program application procedures. Please make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic goals and progress, and to develop your individualized degree plan.
- Application Worksheet
The application worksheet is used to calculate points toward competitive program entry.
- Health Care Program Acceptance Data
- Graduation Plan
Our semester-by-semester graduation plans will show you when required courses in your major are offered. Following this plan will help you stay on track and graduate on time.
Students in the Health Care Certificate that are focusing on Medical Assisting should consider the following coursework to complete the appropriate program-ready and general education coursework needed for Medical Assisting.
- Medical Assisting Handbook
- Health Care Division Handbook
- Health Care FAQ
We strongly recommend that students review the Health Care Division FAQ to be fully aware of our program entry requirements.
- Guided Pathways
Guided Pathways are designed to assist students in scheduling the order of courses to become program-ready or to complete the Health Care Certificate for their desired program.
Apply to the Medical Assisting Program
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to become program ready, it’s time to apply to the program.
Applications are accepted for the fall entry into the Medical Assisting program on the following schedule
- Application Dates - May 1-16
- Notification of Program Acceptance Emails Sent - Mid-June*
Program applications must be submitted during the scheduled dates for this program to be considered.
Note: If you haven't already done so, you must apply to the college before completing the Medical Assisting program application.