Medical Assistant Certificate Program

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages ( for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Internship courses are only offered online.



Course Requirements


HEA2200 Medical Terminology

3 Credits

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

MED1100 Clinical and Surgical Office Procedures

3 Credits

Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, laboratory procedures and safety, maintaining medical asepsis, recognizing surgical instrumentation, conducting proper autoclaving and disinfecting, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

MED1120 Medical Office Administration

3 Credits

Introduction to the healthcare industry and the medical assistant profession. Emphasizes patient relations as well as efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths.

MED1130 Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography

3 Credits

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn how to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed. Students will also learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, and demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on professional attitudes and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1100

MED1140 Specimen Collection and Procedures

3 Credits

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

MED1160 Principles of Pharmacology and Human Diseases

3 Credits

Basic principles of pharmacology and human pathophysiology are combined to further the understanding of medication administration, as well as the therapeutic and non-therapeutic effects of various medication classifications. This course covers the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug preparation, and dose calculation as well as the various routes of drug administration. Also covered are the etiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and treatment of the common pathologies.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

MED2280 Medical Assistant Capstone and Practicum

6 Credits

This course requires the student to integrate the knowledge, skills, and techniques learned throughout the Medical Assistant program. The practicum component provides students with 165 hours of hands-on work experience in a supervised ambulatory healthcare environment. The on-campus component elicits reflection on the application of principles and practices learned throughout the entire Medical Assistant program. This course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for industry-specific certifications examinations such as the Certified Medical Assistant – CMA (American Association of Medical Assistants), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA, and/or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HEA2200, SCI2100, and departmental permission


SCI1100 Anatomy and Physiology I

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the special senses.

SCI2100 Anatomy and Physiology II

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

SOC2225 Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.


In addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, additional vaccinations such as a tetanus shot administered within the past 10 years and the Hepatitis B vaccination are recommended for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA)
  • Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA)

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program must pass Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and all Medical (MED) courses with a C, as well as participate in one of the following national credential examinations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA): Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT), or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA).

This program requires students to participate in the Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA) and Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA) exam. Additionally, students must take and pass the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA) exam.

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) guidelines require students to meet certain criteria in order to participate in the CMA (AAMA) exam. Exam eligibility requirements are available on the AAMA website at

Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania do not require individuals to obtain any of the credentials listed above before becoming eligible for employment. The College has not made a determination with respect to certification requirements of other states. Employers may require one or more of the credentials listed above or prefer candidates who have obtained one or more of the credentials listed above.

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