Technical Standards

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to be entry-level medical assistants in a clinical setting. The profession’s scope of practice requires demonstration of responsibilities and accountability within the role and the competencies expected of a medical assistant. It is important to note that the medical assistant profession is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding.

Some chronic or recurrent illnesses and problems could interfere with patient care and safety, and may be incompatible with a career as a medical assistant. Students in the Medical Assistant program are not required to disclose any chronic or recurrent illness and/or disability; however, those with concerns about meeting any technical standards are strongly encouraged to discuss the issues with the Department Chair.

Indicated below are several examples of the scope of practice, roles, and competencies that will be encountered:

Motor-Based Standards



Cognitive-Based Standards



Communication-Based Standards



Affective-Based Standards



It is the student’s responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills, and abilities required to be a medical assistant. In addition to the technical standards described above, students are encouraged to review the information regarding medical assisting at the O*NET website.