UC Clermont

Medical Assisting


Why study Medical Assisting?

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is designed to prepare students for a career as a health professional in a physician's office, clinic, or urgent care (ambulatory) setting. In order to meet the program objectives, the curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in clinical, patient care, and office administration courses. Clinical and patient care courses include introduction to anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, clinical techniques, laboratory procedures, and physician assisting procedures for various types of ambulatory medical settings.  Administrative courses include study in medical office procedures, computers, and oral & written communication. 

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Certificate program will have the formal education required to apply for the nationally recognized certification examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Most employers in the health care environment recommend that medical assistants have the Certified Medical Assistant  (CMA(AAMA)) credential.

Know The Costs

It's important to be aware of the costs of any program, so we've put together this list of total cost estimates for the Medical Assisting Certificate program.

ITEM Semester Approximate Cost
Healthcare Provider CPR Two Year Certification (from American Heart Association or The American Red Cross) Spring (Semester 2) $100
Drug Screen & Background Check Summer (Semester 3) $90
Uniforms Spring (Semester 2) $150
Uniform Shoes Spring (Semester 2) $100
CMA (AAMA) Exam Fee Fall (Semester 4) $125
Text Books and Educational Resources (Entire Program)   $850
Travel Expenses to Practicum Sites (Depending on distance)   $200
Total Non-Tuition Cost Estimate   $1615


Tuition and Fees

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. The program is a two-tiered selective admission process of education over 4 semesters: the first semester or tier is composed of 4 prerequisite courses.  After completion of these 4 fall semester courses, students will apply for selection into the Medical Assistant (MA) certificate Professional Cohort. Grades from the initial 4 courses will be used to help select students for admission into the professional cohort for the 3 remaining semesters.  Internal applications for selective admission to the Medical Assisting Certificate program for the spring semester will open on August 24 and close on December 1. Students who apply and meet the minimum selective admission criteria by the end of fall semester of the application year will be considered for admission decision.  This phase contains the in-depth medical assistant coursework required to graduate from the program and sit for the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Selective Admission Process

Students who will meet the minimum selective program admission criteria below by the end of fall semester of the application year are encouraged to apply to the program. All applications must be submitted by December 1 even if the minimum criteria will not be met until the end of the fall semester.  Applications to the Selective Admissions Program is located in the Medical Assisting Application Portal.

  • Confirmed admission to the University of Cincinnati
  • Content GPA 2.5 (MA1001, BIOL1015, ENGL1001, HCMT1001) for new and transfer students
  • Placement Test:
    • STAT1031 Ready (or completion of MATH0029 with minimum grade of C-)
    • ENGL0099 Ready OR ACT ELA1 or ENGL minimum score of 18 OR UC English placement test minimum score of 5
  • Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking high school must complete the TOEFL examination or other exam with the designated score, as listed below. With the following exceptions:
    • Student has taken a full year of High School in the United States and earned a passing grade in one year of Standard English (not ESL)
    • Student has earned a passing score on the O-Level English Exam
    • Student has passed the first year of IB English (SL or HL) with a score of 5 or higher
    • Student has attended a full year of school in a country in which has been deemed as English proficient

High Intermediate Ranges on Examination(s) (for students that do not meet the four bulleted exceptions:

    • Overall:  72
    • Speaking sub-score: 20
    • Listening sub-score: 17
    • Overall: 6.0
    • Speaking sub-score: 6.5
    • Listening sub-score: 5.5
  • PTE
    • Overall: 50 (concords to 72 on the TOEFL)
    • CEFR level B2 (easiest) = 51-58
    • CEFR level B2 = 59-75
  • Cambridge Assessment
    • English 175
    • IELTS 6.0 = 169-175
    • IELTS 6.5 = 176-184

In addition to the minimum qualifications, you are required to provide an essay as a part of the application process for the Medical Assisting Certificate program.  

The Reflective Essay:

Please prepare a reflective essay answering the questions, “Why are you interested in the Medical Assisting profession?  Describe two characteristics you posses and how they will help you succeed as a student in the Medical Assisting Certificate program and as a medical assistant in profesional practice?” as a Word document. The essay must be 500 words or less, using Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only. The name of your Word file must begin with your UC Username (6+2 login used to access your UC email and Canvas accounts).  Your name should also appear at the top of the essay.

Essays that meet the following criteria will be awarded the highest score: demonstrated knowledge of the profession of medical assisting, clearly explained characteristics that would contribute to their success as a student and professional MA with references cited in AMA, MLA, or APA format; information is well organized, sequenced, and constructed; no misspellings, punctuation, or grammatical errors; and all of the document formatting and length requirements were followed.


A candidate for the UC Clermont Medical Assisting program must have abilities and skills as follows:

1. Observation: Candidates must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in lecture and clinical settings.  Sensory and tactile skills must be adequate to observe a patient’s condition and to elicit information through procedures regularly required in comprehensive medical assisting patient evaluation.

2. Communications: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture; assess nonverbal communication; and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff. Candidates must demonstrate effective writing skills.

3. Motor: The candidate must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tests; be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

4. Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of allied health practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. Candidates must be able to read and understand medical literature.

5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.  Candidates must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of the uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many patients. 

Applicants to the Medical Assisting program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications. It is also the responsibility of students to inform the college of any potential problem areas and to communicate with the MA faculty and Program Director any particular accommodations they may need after registering with Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to register with Accessibility Resources to determine appropriate accommodations. You may contact the UC Clermont College Accessibility Resources office by calling (513) 732.5327 or by emailing meghann.littrell@uc.edu.

Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with reasonable accommodation that may be provided by the college. The tardy and absence policies of the program will apply to all students. Please communicate with MA faculty and/or the Program Director for additional questions or concerns.

No accommodations can be made in the clinical areas including competency evaluations. 

Students with Special Needs

You should notify your course instructor at the beginning of the semester of any circumstances that could affect your participation in a course, including medical issues (pregnancy, pending surgeries, etc.) and military status.

The Medical Assisting Certificate program curriculum stresses professionalism, dependability, flexibility, medical ethics, communication and human relations skills. Successful students will be those who communicate effectively, openly accept critical feedback, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate a genuine concern for patients.

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting Certificate program, the student will have completed the following program outcomes:

1.  Demonstrate clinical and administrative (psychomotor, cognitive and affective) proficiency as outlined in the Medical Assisting 2015 Standards provided by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Eucation Programs (CAAHEP) and pass 100% of the psychomotor and affective competencies.

2.  Communicate appropriately and in a professional manner with patients, providers, staff, and other members of the healthcare team and community.

3.  Protect the health of the patient and coworkers by carefully following Standard Precaution Guidelines and OSHA mandates and adhere to HIPAA Regulations.

4.  Participate in patient care within their medical assistant scope of training.

5.  Successfully meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the national certification process through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average of 5% for all occupations."

"The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients."

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience. 

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals. 

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-558-8317 to schedule an appointment.

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is unique to the University of Cincinnati. In just four semesters, the Medical Assisting Certificate program allows the student an opportunity to complete a technical certificate program while earning college credit in a profession that is in high demand. 

Completing the Medical Assisting Certificate Program through the University of Cincinnati Clermont College provides the graduate a quality education that is affordable and versatile.   

Successful certificate program graduates are eligible and required to take a highly regarded, nationally recognized credentialing exam (CMA (AAMA)). The CMA (AAMA) is the the gold standard of the profession. 

The faculty have many years of experience in the medical field and in the educational process. The program curriculum is up to date on the educational needs of the medical assistant and reflects current industry standards.

Students of the Medical Assisting Certificate program at UC Clermont College are encouraged to be active in the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants and the two local chapters: the Ohio Regional Chapter and the Southwest Ohio Chapter. Students who have participated in these organizations have held state and local offices and taken an active part in the promotion of their profession by attending the annual state conference.

Learn more about the advantages of the American Association of Medical Assistants and the profession by visiting their website.

UC Clermont students have access to free tutoring and academic support services through a collaboration with UC’s Learning Commons. The Learning Commons provides centralized academic support for all University of Cincinnati students by bringing together faculty, best-practices in teaching and learning, and hundreds of outstanding peer educators to create flexible academic success programming. Free services available to UC Clermont students through Learning Commons include academic coaching, success skills workshops, and tutoring in writing, math, science and more. Services are available on-campus Monday-Friday from 9-2 or virtually Monday-Thursday 9-8 and Friday 9-4.

Academic Writing Center (AWC) - The AWC can help with any writing assignment for any course and at any stage of the writing process. The AWC is not course-specific and can help with discipline-specific documents, as well as non-course-based writing. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a trained writing tutor or submit a paper online for feedback within 48 hours.

Math & Science Support Center (MASS) - The MASS Center offers virtual study tables for many undergraduate mathematics and science courses. Study tables provide a collaborative learning space so that students can learn from their peers who have excelled (the table leader) as well as their fellow class members attending the study table. No appointment is necessary for these scheduled group study sessions.

Peer Tutoring - Peer tutoring sessions are one-on-one with a subject-specific tutor to answer questions in more than 200 undergraduate courses including subjects such as math, science, languages, business and writing. Schedule appointments up to 7 days in advance for one-hour, 90-minute or two-hour session. If you notice your desired course is not offered, please let us know.

Academic Coaching – Academic coaches help students get organized and learn to be efficient and effective with their study time during one-on-one sessions. Academic Coaches work with students on new strategies or exercises to try before the next meeting and later meetings allow tailoring new approaches to develop the best study and test taking habits for unique goals and strengths. Schedule one-hour sessions as often as once per week.

Success Skills Workshops – Success Skills Workshops are free one-hour sessions that focus on skills students need to be successful in college (study skills, note-taking, motivation, etc.). While there is no shortcut to success, the goal of the workshops is to empower students to identify and apply academic habits and soft skills through a deeper understanding and purpose of them. When students RSVP for a workshop, they will be able to register for the upcoming workshops one at a time and up to nine days prior to the workshop date.

Pre-College Math Tutoring - Pre-College Math Tutoring Services helps students succeed in Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029), Fundamentals of Algebra (MATH 0030), Introductory Algebra (MATH 0031) and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034). Group study sessions, individual tutoring or email tutoring are available. Information is provided in the course syllabus to help guide students to the study group sessions for that course. Math Learning Resources by math topic that include short instructional videos and worksheets are available on the UC Clermont Learning Commons website.

Preparatory Composition – Students enrolled in UC Clermont Preparatory English (ENGL0099) courses have dedicated support from professional tutors. Information about these services and how to connect with the tutor is included in the course syllabus.

Math for Science Students Workshop – Designed for students enrolled in entry-level biology and chemistry courses, these workshops cover foundational math concepts that students need to success in their science courses. The synchronous online workshops are led by a UC Clermont professional tutor on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The workshop repeats each week starting the week before classes begin and continuing through week 3 of the semester.

Math Placement Test Workshop - Offered to prospective and current UC students who want to brush up on their math skills before taking the Math Placement Test. The free synchronous online workshop is led by a UC Clermont professional tutor. The three-week workshop series is offered monthly except in January. It is recommended that students sign up for all three weeks to get the maximum benefit from these workshops.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance.

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to graduate. Students must also complete all program courses with a final grade of C or above, fulfill the 200 hour practicum experience, and pass 100% of the the Psychomotor and Affective Educational Competencies for Medical Assistants as required for CAAHEP Accredited Medical Assisting Programs based on the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 2015 Standards.  

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress and to verify that you have met all pre-requisites.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

Internal applications for selective admission to the Medical Assisting Certificate program for the spring semester will open on August 24 and close on December 1.

Important Information

Application to the Medical Assisting Certificate program does not guarantee admission and students can apply to the Medical Assisting Certificate program only twice.  Students who meet minimum selective admissions criteria by the end of fall semester of the application year will be considered for admission to the program and may be notified via their UC email account of acceptance by December 22.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati UC Clermont College Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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Contact Information

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Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 558-8316

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