Health Careers - Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant District Program
Susan Horn, BS, CMA (AAMA)

Superstition Mountain Campus: Room B111
Signal Peak Campus: Room W120
Fax: 480-677-7758


According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Medical Assistants are in demand. 

 “ Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistant.”  AAMA.

"Medical Assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties."  AAMA.

The Medical Assistant AAS Degree Program at SPC is accredited by CAAHEP and is designed to prepare students to be eligable to take the AAMA Certification Exam by the completion of the program. Graduates who pass this exam will be able to practice in a health care facility as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

The Medical Assistant Certificate Program at SMC is accredited by the Medical Technologist (MT) and is designed to prepare students to be eligible to take the MT Medical Assistant Exam by the completion of the program. Graduates who pass this exam will be able to practice in a health care facility as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).

Graduates are expected to take the CMA or RMA tests after Practicum.

Mission Statement

To provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment where competency based education in Medical Assistant is focused on the needs of the patient and intended to produce competent and progressive Medical Assistant professionals of the highest caliber.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes 

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of this program the students will incorporate critical thinking based on cognitive knowledge in performance of psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) domains in their practice as medical assistants in the following areas:

1.  Foundation for Clinical Practice: Provide patient care
2.  Applied Communications competencies
3.  Medical Business Practices competencies
4.  Medical Law and Ethics competencies
5.  Safety and Emergency Practices competencies


Internal/External Standards/Accreditation:

Central Arizona College - SPC campus - AAS Degree, 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 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
                 Clearwater, FL 33763
Graduates are eligible to take the AAMA examination to become certified medical assistants (CMA).
Certificate Students are eligable to sit the RMA through the American Medical Technologists (AMT).


AAMA Web Site:

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) Web site:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) website for MA Standards:

Program Effectiveness Measures for the AAS Degree


Year    # of students enrolled   # of this class graduated   Percentage of students  
2010                     10                                  8                                        80.00%
2011                       7                                  7                                      100.00%
2012                     13                                  11                                      84.62%
2013                     10                                  7                                        70.00%
2014                     12                                  8                                        66.70%

Graduate Survey Results:

Year    # of graduates      # of graduate        # of returned       % Participation
                                            surveys sent           surveys
2010              8                                   8                     5                          62.50%
2011              7                                   7                     7                        100.00%
2012              11                                 11                  11                       100.00%
2013              7                                   7                     7                        100.00%
2014              8                                   8                     6                          75.00% 

Job Placement Results:

Year      # of graduates   # of positive placements     Placement Rate
2010                   8                               8                               100.00%
2011                   7                               7                               100.00%
2012                   11                             11                             100.00%
2013                   7                               7                               100.00%
2014                   8                               8                               100.00%

Employers Survey:

Year   Total # of positive   # of Employers    Returned Employers   Participation
                placements              surveys                   surveys                         %
2010                   8                        5                           5                              100.00%
2011                   7                        7                           6                                85.71%
2012                   11                      6                           4                                66.67%
2013                   7                        6                           5                                83.33%
2014                   8                        6                           3                                50.00%

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