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Who We Are

The Medical Assisting program provides students with training in the multi-skilled field of medical assisting. Students need to possess the ability to work with all types of people, be a team player, have good communication skills (written and verbal), and be flexible and motivated.

Students will gain knowledge of Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Coding and Billing, as well as Clerical/Administrative skills for the clinical setting. Clinical experiences are provided for the students in physician’s offices, ambulatory care centers, and multi-physician clinics. Upon completion of the program the students are eligible for credentialing by the (AAMA) American Association of Medical Assistants using the initials CMA.

As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant, and those hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
  • Chemical and drug exposure
  • Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks
  • Latex allergies
  • Stress

At the same time, there are protections set up with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and those protections are particularly important within a healthcare environment. OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety of healthcare workers and patients. 

Accredited medical assisting programs are required to teach students about the hazards that they face on the job and the protocols that can be put into place to ensure a workplace culture that prioritizes safety. 

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Students will be trained to assist in all aspects of a medical practice, including administrative and clinical skills, under the supervision of a physician.

This field is a rapidly growing area in the medical profession with excellent job opportunities available throughout the state.

Graduates from the Medical Assisting program at DSC are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the American Medical Technologist (AMT). In 2020, 67% of graduates passed the certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Survey results indicate that, over a 5 year period, the Medical Assisting program at DSC has maintained a 96% satisfaction rate among graduates and employers.

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Additional Information about the Medical Assisting Certificate


The Medical Assisting Program Daytona Beach Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Information may be obtained from CAAHEP, 25400 U.S, Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350 and AAMA, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575, Chicago, IL 60606; (312) 899-1500.

Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates and bachelor’s degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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