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About the Credit Medical Assisting Program

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How to Get Started in El Centro’s Medical Assisting Program for College Credit

El Centro's Medical Assisting program admits 20 to 30 students each Fall and Spring semester.

There are two official filing periods per calendar year:

  • Jan. 1-May 31 for the Fall semester (notification letters are mailed by June 15)
  • Aug. 1-Oct. 31 for the Spring semester (notification letters are mailed by Nov. 15)

Before applying to one of the Specialized Imaging Programs, you must complete the entire Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum, which comprises selected general education support courses and health-care-related courses that introduce the theory and application of health-care concepts.

Admission Requirements, Information Packets and Information Sessions

Get complete information on admission requirements and application instructions in the Medical Assisting Information packet.

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

Students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days before the start of clinical rotations.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency. 

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need. 

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Get detailed information about the courses required for the credit Medical Assisting certificate from El Centro College. 

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out about accreditation and affiliations. 

El Centro College’s Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Richland College Certified Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment (AAME). Successful completers of the program are eligible to sit for the national Certified Medical Assistant Exam sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Related Programs

Find out more about other Nursing and Health Care programs

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit our credit programs home page. 

Developing Skills for Success

After completing the didactic courses in the program and learning all of their skills, medical assistant students perform a 160-hour internship at a local physician’s office or clinic. 

Because this profession is very people-centered, Medical Assisting courses are not offered online.

Classes for the Medical Assisting program are held at El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing at Market and Pacific streets, one block northwest from the main campus. Opened to house the college’s allied health programs, the center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health-care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Professional Organizations

Students are eligible to join the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Texas Society of Medical Assistants and the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Medical Assistants at a special student rate. 

Students who join these organizations find that the interaction with practicing, professional medical assistants is helpful in finding employment, engaging in meaningful dialogue and learning from those in the field.

Faculty Profiles

Medical Assisting faculty members have advanced degrees as well as professional experience in the field, so they can relate to the challenges you will face in school and in the job market.

Instructors work with you one-on-one, helping you to make the most of your Medical Assisting education. See profiles of some of our Medical Assisting faculty.

Transferring

The Medical Assisting program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Dallas County Community College District has an articulation (transfer) agreement with Dallas Baptist University to apply the entire Medical Assisting program toward a bachelor’s degree in health services management. An articulation agreement is also in place with the University of North Texas.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by us.

  • American Medical Technologists is a nonprofit certification agency and professional membership association representing more than 46,000 individuals in allied health care.
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program is the largest program accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 22 health science occupations.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Medical Assisting program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.