Medical Assisting (CA)

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Nature of Work

Classified as allied health practitioners, medical assistants can be found primarily in doctors’ offices and clinics. Increasingly, physicians are realizing the importance of medical assistants and view them as partners, essential to success in the ever-competitive medical environment. Medical assistants are multi-skilled, and are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Among the roles that medical assistants often assume are:

  • Clinical Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Billing Clerk
  • Lab Assistant
  • Office Manager

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands. Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work evenings and weekends.

For detailed information regarding this career field, visit the official site for the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Program Description

As a medical assistant, you will be a multi-skilled professional dedicated to assisting in patient care management. You will be trained to perform administrative and clinical/laboratory duties and may manage emergency situations, facilities, and/or personnel. The clinical duties of medical assistants include preparing patients for examinations and treatments; taking vital signs and medical histories, sterilizing instruments; performing diagnostic tests and basic laboratory procedures including venipuncture; and assisting the physician with examinations and minor office surgery. Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining patient data; establishing and maintaining confidential medical records; handling telephone calls, preparing correspondence and reports; purchasing supplies and maintaining equipment; and assuming responsibility for the daily office business.

In order to improve flexibility of the required program courses, MA prefix courses are delivered following a hybrid model with most lectures being taught online or web-remote and labs delivered in-person on the West Charleston and Henderson campuses.


The College of Southern Nevada Medical Office Assisting Certificate of Achievement Program is accredited 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
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Program Outcomes:

- 5 year average program retention rate of 72.2%
- Certification exam pass rates
*2019 pass rate 100%
- Job placement
*2019 positive placement 100%

Medical Assisting (CA) Requirements

Medical Assisting Advising Sheet
Medical Assisting Career Guide
Medical Assisting Selection Criteria
Health Care Work Experience Form - MA

Note: Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these Essential Functions of Medical Assisting Students. Students with documented need for accommodation are to meet with the Disability Resources Center.

Admission Requirements

This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. This material is reviewed using selection criteria set by the program. Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Student's First Checklist

New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Getting Started page. This page provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

Find out how to Transfer Credits to CSN from other colleges.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: 702-651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: 702-651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: 702-651-3563, Building H Room 234
  • or email us at