Medical Assisting

Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. The medical assistant frequently functions as the physician’s right hand, assisting with the instruction and treatment of patients and performing the administrative procedures needed to keep an office running smoothly. The medical assistant is skilled in human relations techniques and is required to deal effectively with patients and other allied health personnel in the health care delivery system.

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.

Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Using computer applications including electronic medical record programs
  • Answering telephones
  • Greeting patients
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping

Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Taking medical histories
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • Drawing blood
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
  • Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Assisting I
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Math for Allied Health or Statistics or College Algebra
  • Medical Assisting II
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • College Composition
  • General Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Medical Lab Procedures for Medical Assisting
  • Insurance for Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacology/Administration of Medications
  • Elective
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Medical Assisting III
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Assisting Practicum
  • Medical Assisting Seminar
  • Computer Applications for Professionals
  • Nutrition for Health


Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2021, much faster than the average for all occupations. Medical assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012. Most of these assistants work in physicians’ offices and other healthcare facilities. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Modified Date: May 7, 2014

Contact, Kelly Reinsel, Department Chair/Program Coordinator of Medical Technology Programs at 330-494-6170 ext. 4112 or via email at

The Stark State Medical Assisting Program is accredited for 10 years (2012-2022) 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 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


Stark State College’s Medical Assisting Program is located at the Stark Regional Campus. 6200 Frank Avenue NW North Canton OH 44720. 330-966-5458.

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

IMPORTANT: Beginning with the January 2001 Certification Examination, felons are not eligible to sit for the examination unless the Certifying Board (CB) grants a waiver based on one or more of the mitigating circumstances listed in the Disciplinary Standards.