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Medical Assisting

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Basic Skills Test or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
  • Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3  Meet with your counselor/advisor

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4  Registration and Enrollment

Medical Assisting

Program Length:
     1300 hours (approximately 12 months – full time)

Delivery Method:
     Traditional – 100% classroom based
     Hybrid – less than 50% of required instructional hours available via distance education (online)

Days & Times:
        Monday – Friday     7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Course Content:

Students are taught the skills and techniques necessary to become a Medical Assistant and obtain employment in a variety of healthcare facilities. This multi-skilled health professional is trained in clerical and medical office procedures, phlebotomy, EKG, X-Ray, basic patient care techniques and laboratory procedures. Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. They are involved in direct patient care and assist the physician or other health professional during examinations.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Blood Borne Diseases HIV/AIDS, HBV
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Computer Literacy
  • CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Documentation
  • Domestic Violence, HIPPA, Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • EKG Modalities
  • Emergency Care
  • Employability Skills
  • Home Health Care
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • Laboratory Testing Procedures
  • Math & Science Skills
  • Medical Errors
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Microscopy
  • Patient Care Techniques
  • Pharmaceutical Principles & Medication Administration
  • Phlebotomy Procedures & Protocol
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • Sterilization Procedures
  • Urinalysis
  • Vital Signs
  • Wellness & Disease Concepts
  • X-Ray Procedures


  • Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to Medical Assisting, please e-mail the counselor at  Ruth.Eloi@browardschools.com.
  • Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation on campus.  At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:

Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

To get started in the Medical Assisting Program, sign up today for a program orientation!

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Medical Assistants is expected to grow about 20%* between 2015 and 2023.
  • Entry level wages are about $13/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity