Explore Over 300 Programs of Study at Miami Dade College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Medical Assistant?
A. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner's specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program begins every August, January, and May.  Applications are taken all year round. 

Q. What are the application requirements?
A.  There are two forms that must be completed for admission to the Medical Assisting program:  
The MDC Application and the Application for Program Admission.  

Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A.  Enrollment in the program is limited. Meeting the admissions requirements does not guarantee program acceptance. For this reason, following criteria are used to determine which applicants will be admitted:  
Overall GPA, Completion of HSC 0003 – Introduction to Health Care, and T.A.B.E Scores
For the Medical Assisting Program the T.A.B.E. scores that are required are: 
READING - 10.0 
MATH - 10.0
Students who have earned an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., or higher degree or have passed the C.P.T. on their first attempt are exempt from the T.A.B.E. Test.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.  There are no required general education or science courses.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. Upon completion of the program you will receive a Career Technical Certificate.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. This is a daytime program with courses offered on the Medical Campus.  Classes usually begin between 8:00am and 5:00pm

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A.  A state exam or license is not required to work in the profession.  However, since certification increases employment opportunities, we encourage students to sit for certification as soon as possible.  Graduates from this program can sit for credentialing exams offered by the American Medical Technologist.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $25,000 - $41,000.00.