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Frequently asked Questions about the Medical Assisting Program

What is the employment outlook?

Statistics show that medical assisting is one of the fastest growing Allied Health Fields with an outstanding employment outlook. Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties have numerous job openings each year.

What salary can I expect to earn?

Salaries vary depending on the clinical setting. However, average starting pay is in the range of approximately $10.21 to $14.00 to start.

What is the typical working hours in the profession?

Most employment opportunities will be in physician’s offices. The majority of physician’s offices are open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday; however, some clinics may be open nights and weekends.

What are the program hours?

Typical program hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters. Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. during the Summer A semester for externship.

How much does the program cost?

This is a 43.33 credit hour program, and In-state Florida resident students can expect to pay $83.92 ($3,636.00) per vocational credit hour tuition. Out-of-state tuition is $335.67 ($14,544.00) per vocational credit hour. A Level II Background Screening which includes Drug Testing and Fingerprinting required after provisional acceptance ($90.00). The Certification Exam ($125.00), and an additional $550.00 should be budgeted for books, uniforms, lab fees, etc.

Must I take a board exam upon completion of this program?

There are several organizations, which offer certification exams. However, it is not mandatory that you sit for one of these exams to work in the field. Some employers will offer a salary incentive for the employee that is certified. Currently most physicians are requiring certification.

Is licensure required to work in this occupation?

The State of Florida does not require licensure to practice as a Medical Assistant. However, most physicians will require completion of a program such as the one offered at Daytona State College.

Will I be required to take a placement test?

Applicants who started high school in the 9th grade in 2003 or after at a Florida Public High School AND graduated from the Florida Public High School with a Standard High school diploma are not required to take the placement test. If you have any questions about your exemptions status, please contact an academic advisor.

Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt as well. All other applicants will be required to take the TABE test. If you are non-exempt you much achieve a 10th grade level or higher on each section of the test.

It is suggested that applicants take Dynamics of Student Success (SLS1122) and Basic Anatomy & Physiology (BSC1080) prior to admission. Students may also benefit from courses in Basic Math, Introduction to Computers and Keyboarding. (Financial Aid may not cover the costs of these two courses).

Is externship training required in this program?

Yes, students will be required to complete a 6-week externship (internship) in an approved clinical setting. This is the Summer A term, and tuition is assessed for the 8 credit hours.

I have previous college courses. Will they count toward this program?

At the present time this is a vocational certificate program; therefore, previous college credits would not transfer. However, any background courses or acquired skills will enhance the learning process.

When may I start the program?

Classes are currently scheduled to start each Fall semester in August. Applications are reviewed for acceptance during the month of July, and throughout the Summer until the class has been filled or which ever comes first. Applications may be submitted anytime during the year. Please be advised that submitting an application does not guarantee program acceptance.


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