Medical Assistant

Course Instructors

General Course Prerequisites

  • Exploring Health Sciences and Exploring the Language of Medicine is required or with permission of instructor
  • FEES:  This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922
  • Strong Attendance

Medical Assistant 1

  • Course # 834526 – Grades:  11, 12 – Credits: One
    • Prerequisites: Exploring Health Sciences (830226) and Exploring the Language of Medicine (838326)

This is part one (fall semester) of a two-part, full-year course. Students must also register for part two, Medical Assistant 2 for the spring semester. Medical Assistant 1 allows students to develop entry-level skills and techniques to increase their knowledge base so that they may enter the health care field. Some of these skills and knowledgebase areas include administrative and clinical medical assisting. Field trips to a variety of health care settings may be available.

Medical Assistant 2

  • Course # 834626 – Grades:  11, 12 – Credits:  One

This is part two (spring semester) of a two-part, full-year course. Students must also register for part one, Medical Assistant 1 for the fall semester. Students further develop medical-assisting skills and techniques learned in Medical Assistant 1. They also learn management of patient records, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, care and use of equipment, collection and analysis of laboratory specimens, special diagnostic testing, basic diseases and disorders, basic knowledge of treatment and medication, and job preparedness skills. Advanced on-the-job clinical experience in a health care facility may be available as a part of the course. Successful completion of the program may lead to employment in physicians' offices or clinics. Students must purchase uniforms and liability insurance and meet current health agency requirements to participate in clinical experiences.

Topics covered by this course are:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Communication Skills
  • Office Inventory
  • Charting, and Appointment Scheduling,
  • Maintaining Financial and Insurance Records
  • Maintaining Medical Records
  • Maintaining Sterile Equipment
  • Physical Examination Assistance
  • Safety, Vital Signs


  • NOCTI exam - Medical Assisting
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Health Care Provider Certification
  • First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens Certifications accredited by the American Heart Association.


Academy graduates interested in Medical Assistant can continue their studies at a wide variety of schools including:


The study of Medical Assistant may lead to these careers:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse/ RN, LPN
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist/Occupation Therapist
  • Radiology
  • Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • X-Ray Technician

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