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Medical Assisting


Medical assisting is a versatile health care profession that prepares an individual to perform various clinical and administrative functions in a health care facility. These functions, performed under the direction of a licensed physician and/or licensed physician's assistant, are completed while examining and treating patients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing a variety of the tasks that enable a health care facility to properly treat its patients. These tasks include, but are not limited to: preparing treatment rooms for patients' examinations; scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records; interviewing patients, measuring vital signs, weight and height, and then recording the information; administering injections, performing venipuncture, electrocardiograph (EKG), and other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests; and completing insurance forms. The exact duties that a medical assistant performs are unique to the setting in which she or he is employed. Industries that employ medical assistants include doctors' offices/clinics, urgent care centers, ambulatory care facilities, and osteopathic offices/clinics.

The medical assisting certificate is a three- semester program. The final semester includes both a review course to prepare for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certified Medical Assistant Exam and a clinical/externship. The clinical experience allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities that she or he has learned in the classroom and gain practical experience in a health care setting. The program has the following goal defining minimum expectations: "To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."

Admission Criteria

Students applying to the medical assisting program must:

  1. Attend a mandatory medical assisting information session as posted on the LSC-CyFair or LSC-North Harris website.
  2. Register for and take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test.
  3. Submit official high school/GED transcript and/or official transcripts from all non-LSC colleges and/or universities attended.
  4. Submit a completed application packet to the preferred college's medical assisting program. Application deadlines are posted on the college website.
  5. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check that is completed by a college approved agency at the student's expense. Clinical facilities may also require completion of a satisfactory drug screening.

The Lone Star College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158,  Clearwater, Florida 33763 (727) 210-2350


Level 1 Certificate