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While this program remains accredited, please note that the Medical Assistant Program and its Open House are temporarily in an inactive status. Should you have any further questions about the program, please do not hesitate to call 757-822-7674.


Health Professions: Medical Assistant Program

Begin a new career as a Medical Assistant performing administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. TCC's Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the CAAHEP.


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Day classes available

Earn a certificate at TCC in Medical Assisting
in just 3 semesters

Progress to an associate’s degree in science and advance to other health care programs.

What do Medical Assistants do?

Get started!

Contact us.

Job outlook is excellent!
Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2006-16 decade. Pay can be $20K - $38K per year: Medical Assistants, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Get started!

Attend an Open House information session.
Where and when?

If not already a TCC student, follow the
TCC Admission process.
May 15 deadline
for admissions to the Medical Assistant program

Printable Information Packet w/ Program Application Get Acrobat Reader now.

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Open House Information Sessions

  • When?
    • 3rd Thursday of each month
  • What time?
    • 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Where?
    • Regional Health Professions Center, Bldg M, Room MN-219, Virginia Beach Campus. The RHPC is located on the corner of Faculty Drive and Rosemont Road.

What do Medical Assistants do? (Depending on state law and employer)





Administrative tasks

  • update and file patients’ medical records
  • fill out insurance forms
  • arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • answer telephones
  • greet patients
  • handle correspondence
  • schedule appointments
  • handle billing and bookkeeping

Clinical medical duties

  • taking medical histories
  • recording vital signs
  • explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • preparing patients for examinations
  • assisting physicians during examinations
  • collect and prepare laboratory specimens
  • perform basic laboratory tests on the premises
  • dispose of contaminated supplies
  • sterilize medical instruments
  • instruct patients about medications and special diets
  • prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician
  • authorize drug refills as directed
  • telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy
  • draw blood
  • prepare patients for x-rays
  • take electrocardiograms
  • remove sutures
  • change dressings.
  • arrange examining room instruments and equipment
  • purchase and maintain supplies and equipment
  • keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.

(from the US Dept. of Labor web site)

The Tidewater Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


image Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756




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Last revision: March 27, 2013