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Medical assisting continues to be among the top careers of growth and demand in our area. The need for qualified medical assistants, especially the highly desirable Certified Medical Assistant, will only increase as changes take place in health care legislation and the health care industry in general.

See career paths for medical assistants.
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at BC have found employment opportunities in a variety of health care facilities and offices, such as:  
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Urgent Care facilities
  • Medical Specialty offices
  • Pedicatricians' offices
  • Primary care physicians’ offices


You should have a basic understanding of a health service-related career.  The prerequisite courses required to enter the program are designed to provide an overview of the health sciences.  In addition, individuals who are “people oriented” and enjoy helping and serving those in need are a perfect fit for this program.
Characteristics of successful medical assistants include:
  • Basic computer literacy 
  • Being able to multitask daily
  • Keeping accurate health records
  • Explaining doctor’s orders accurately
  • Basic reading, writing and math skills 
  • Having a friendly disposition when speaking to the public
The Broward College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Faculty members are former graduates of the program and have real-life work experience since they have worked in the field as Certified Medical Assistants.  The current Program Manager  graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Kaplan University.
Courses include a mix of on-campus lecture, laboratory training, and clinical rotation. The College Credit Certificate program is 12 months in length and classes meet daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (times vary on day and term).
The last term of instruction includes a Practicum in which students are placed in a variety of ambulatory health care facilities throughout Broward County.  The Practicum requires students to be at the assigned facility from 9 5 p.m.   
​After completion of MEA1265 and MEA 1265L, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Examination. After completion of MEA1542 and MEa 1542L, you will be eligible to sit for the Electrocardiography Technician Certification Examination. Upon completion of all courses, you will be prepared to take the certification exam, and you can then add the title Certified Medical Assistant (CMA/CCMA) to your credentials.
You will also be eligible to obtain a limited x-ray license in Florida through the Department of Health’s Bureau of Radiation Control upon completion of MEA 1258, MEA 1259 and MEA 1259L.
Former graduates are encouraged to join the Program’s Advisory Board as well as the local chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Broward College’s Alumni & Friends Association. For more information on joining the Advisory Board, contact the program manager.