Medical Assisting


Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers particularly for those with formal training and certification according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Increases in our aging population, the need for more support personnel in the expanding group practices, clinics, and healthcare facilities are reasons for the increasing need for medical assistants. Our medical assisting program prepares individuals to function in a physician’s office or health care facility performing both business administration and clinical medical skills.  Administrative aspects of the program of instruction include correspondence, medical records management, insurance coding and billing, and appointment scheduling. Clinical aspects of study include preparation of the patient for and assisting with physical examination and treatment, measurement of vital signs, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, routine laboratory testing and procedures including blood drawing, spirometry, and performing electrocardiography.  Electronic medical records are utilized for administrative and clinical aspects of the program.  Medical assisting offers many opportunities for advancement.  Certified medical assistants can advance to office manager, clinical supervisor or a variety of administrative positions.  

The medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL  33763, tel. 727-210-2350.

Department Faculty

Terry LeClair, AS, RMA (AMT)
Program Coordinator                   Phone Ext: 182
Shenna Santelli, MA


First Semester

MA 101: Anatomy and Physiology 3 3 - 0
MA 102: Medical Terminology 3 3 - 0
MA 103: Medical Assisting I 3 2 - 2
MA 104: Medical Social Science 4 3 - 2
MA 105: Document Processing for Microcomputers 3 1 - 4
MA 106: Medical Office Administration I 4 3 - 2
MA 107: Computer Applications I 3 1 - 4
Total  23 30


Second Semester

MA 203: Medical Assisting II 3 2 - 2
MA 206: Medical Office Administration II 2 2 - 0
MA 207: Computer Applications II 2 1 - 2
MA 208: Legal Ethical Issues 1 1 - 0
MA 209: Externship/Practicum 8  
Total  16  


Program Information

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide a curriculum in medical assisting based on the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Assistant. 
    • The student will demonstrate entry-level competency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) learning domains. 
    • The student will demonstrate proficiency in the administrative skills of an entry level medical assistant. 
    • The student will demonstrate proficiency in the clinical skills of an entry level medical assistant. 
    • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the didactic learning of the medical assistant program. 
    • The graduate will obtain a job as an entry level medical assistant. 
    • The graduate will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with the expectations of the profession and employer. 
  2. To provide an academic program leading to certification as a medical assistant. 
    • The graduate will apply to write and successfully complete a credentialing exam. 
  3. To provide a program that encourages personal and professional growth. 
    • The graduate will pursue continuing education and/or membership in a medical assistant organization. 

Annual Report Outcomes

Retention 100%
Job Placement 100%
Graduate Satisfaction 100%
Employer Satisfaction 100%
National Certification Exam Pass Rate 100%




Career Placements

  • Dalton Medical Associates
  • Cardiology Services of BMC
  • CHP Health Center
  • Family Practice Associates
  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
  • Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC
  • CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Associates
  • Berkshire Health Systems
  • Advanced EyeCare
  • Adams Internists CHP
  • Berkshire Eye Center
  • Berkshire Cosmetics and Reconstructive Surgery Center
  • Berkshire Faculty Services PulMonary Medicine
  • Scribe America
  • Andrea Bodine, M.D., PC
  • Williamstown Medical Associates
  • Berkshire Medical Group
  • Brian Dempsey, M.D.
  • Northern Berkshire Pediatrics
  • Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshire
  • Giulio Cavalli, M.D.
  • Dermatology of the Berkshires
  • Michael Fabrizio, M.D.
  • SaVida Health
  • Berkshire Health Systems Urgent Care

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