Medical Administrative Assistant

About the Program

Our day program prepares you for an entry-level position in a hospital, clinic, long-term care facility, or doctor's office in as little as seven months. Instruction includes valuable skills critical to the medical office such as scheduling patient appointments, insurance, basic bookkeeping, medical terminology, and medical office procedures.

Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to sit for the Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA).

Program Requirements

You will need a high school diploma or a GED. Additionally, the majority of healthcare facilities require a background and drug screen of all students who enter their facility; therefore all healthcare career students are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen upon entering any healthcare career program. Students who are not successfully cleared will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the healthcare careers program and thus, will not be eligible to complete the healthcare careers program.

Completion of a student health profile and current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification are also required prior to clinical.

Please direct any question to Amanda Horn at or (410) 287-1008.

Required Courses

You will need to complete the following courses, totaling 322 hours of instruction/externship experience:

Course Number Course Title
HCG 222 Medical Terminology
HCG 200 Computer Essentials
HMP 312 Insurance and Managed Care
HMP 305 Computer Medical Office Management
HMP 310 Medical Office Procedures
HCG 211 Professionalism in Healthcare
HMP 500 Medical Administrative Assistant Externship

Program Approval

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA approved institution logo.

Cecil College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education in the member states and territories. Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), must first be filed with the institution to seek resolution. The student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact the Institution’s Home State SARA Portal Entity, Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). For more information, please refer to the SARA complaint process.

Supervised Clinical and Field Training Experiences

Through participation in NC-SARA and compliance with statutory regulations related to training in individual states, Cecil College is approved to offer limited, supervised clinical field experiences in 3 U.S. states to eligible students. The states include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. These are the locations currently approved for student supervised clinical and field training. Individual state regulations are subject to change without prior notice and the College does not guarantee locations for clinical and field training experiences.

Certification Requirements

The Medical Administrative Professional program prepares the graduate to take the NHA CMAA exam. The medical administrative professional program prepares graduates to take the national certification exam that meets the requirements in all 50 states. Since requirements may change, prospective students should contact their state for information on the applicable certification board to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where students are located.

For information about course fees, class times, and location, please visit the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Non-Credit Course Schedule.