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Medical Assisting Degree and Certificate Programs

Medical Assisting Degree

The Medical Assistant works in a variety of health care settings: medical offices, clinics, and ambulatory care facilities. Medical Assisting duties vary between administrative and clinical skills. Medical Assistants help to ensure a smooth and functional health care setting and to provide a patient centered approach to quality health care. The program provides individuals with hands-on clinical skills, knowledge, and an understanding of the profession of Medical Assisting through classroom instruction, clinical skills, and externship.


Terra State Community College's Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 18
Clearwater, FL 33763

Terra State Medical Assisting Student Success Information

 Graduation Year 2016  2017 2018  2019  2020 
Number of graduates  13        
Terra State graduates employed as a medical assistant  92%        
Graduate survey satisfaction rate (cognitive, psychomotor & affective domains) 100%        
National exam pass rates  91%        


Potential occupations

Medical Assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, optometry offices, and dental offices. 

Medical Assisting Certificate

This certificate is designed to train students to assist physicians in a variety of practice settings. Students learn office skills associated with the medical profession and will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification examination upon successful completion of the curriculum. Certificate credits can be applied to an appropriate major leading to an associate degree.

Medical Scribe Certificate

The Medical Scribe certificate prepares an individual to be trained in medical documentation to assist a physician throughout his or her shift. They serve as a personal assistant to the doctor to help make them more efficient and productive. The primary function of a scribe is to ensure complete documentation of the chart in the EHR. The scribe will stand in the background during a patient's exam and document the encounter, allowing the physician to place focus directly on the patient. The scribe will document the patient’s story, the physician’s interaction with the patient, the procedures performed, the results of laboratory studies, and other pertinent information.

Phlebotomy Certificate

The phlebotomy certificate prepares students to work as phlebotomists, highly-trained professionals whose primary responsibility is the collection of blood specimens through venipuncture and skin puncture techniques. Phlebotomists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospital laboratories, clinicals, physician offices, private laboratories, blood collection centers, home health agencies, and home visits for insurance agencies.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about our degree programs, please contact us at 866.AT.TERRA, or 866.288.3772.

Terrie Hopkins-Coordinator of Medical Assisting Professor
Location: D-105, Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center
Email: thopkins01@terra.edu
Phone: 419.559.2141
Fax: 419.332.0477

Amy Ochier- Instructor
D-216, Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center
Email: aochier01@terra.edu
Phone: 419.559.2167
Fax: 419.332.0477

Christine Stark-Academic and Career Advisor
Location: A-100, Roy Klay Hall
Email: cstark01@terra.edu
Phone: 419.559.2104
Fax: 419.559.2414

You can also email us at admissions@terra.edu.