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Medical Assisting (510801)

Diploma: Diploma in Applied Science, DAS


The medical assisting certificate program is a three semester (1 year) program that always has a fall start. Fall and spring semesters include general education and MED specific courses containing lecture and student lab experiences. The summer term is mostly clinical experiences in physician offices and hospital settings. There is a capstone review to prepare students for their certification exam.

In the Real World

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who work under the supervision of physicians in their office practices and in other medical settings. In accordance with state law, they perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants help other health care providers examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks needed to keep offices running smoothly. Assistants who work in a small office or health care facility may handle both clinical and clerical duties. Assistants working in an office with a sizable staff will probably specialize in either the clinical or administrative aspects of the job. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. In South Carolina the average salary for Medical Assistants is $29,240 - $30,690 depending on location and experience.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

  1. Unify skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success within the medical assisting profession body of knowledge. (Knowledge)
  2. Communicate information and ideas effectively (Communication)
  3. Demonstrate respect for the rights of the patients, colleagues, and other health professionals and perform duties in a manner that is within the constraints of legal, moral, and ethical conduct.(Professionalism)
  4. Interpret objective patient data by correlating it with subjective and pathological findings. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Conduct all clinical and administrative work with care and accuracy while demonstrating a commitment to accepted safety practices. (Quality and Safety)
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