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Apply for the New Credit-Hour Medical Assistant program

12/9/2021 12:37:20 PM

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) offers a Medical Assistant (MA) program that gives prospective students a new career path in the health care field. SCCC is one of only five programs in New Jersey accredited by CAAHEP, the largest accrediting body for Medical Assistants in the nation. The program was recently approved by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) to move to a 36 semester-credit hour program.

SCCC is excited to once again be offering the accredited MA program to the community. The program gives students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. They are cross-trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties.

Administrative Duties (may include, but are not limited to): using computer applications, scheduling appointments, handling medical records, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services, and handling insurance information for the patient.

Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to): taking a medical history, preparing patients for examination, patient education and explaining treatment procedures, assisting the physician during medical exams, preparing laboratory specimens and basic laboratory tests, administering medications as directed by a physician, drawing blood, and performing electrocardiograms.

Full-time medical assistants in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA holding a current National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) certification earn an hourly mean wage of $18.72 or an annual mean wage of $38,940. Average hourly wages and salary varied for Certified Medical Assistant according to years of experience and other factors. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm

Medical assistants are instrumental as patient liaisons and essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the PCMH team.

Graduates of SCCC Medical Assistant programs are eligible to participate in a variety of certification examinations. 

The start date for the Medical Assistant program will be September 2021. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The College has also established a scholarship by Bill Kulsar, in memory of his wife Nancy, called the Nancy Kulsar Memorial Scholarship. There will be a total of $4,000 available for the MA program for the Fall 21-Spring22 academic year.  

For more information about this program contact Dr. Suzan Melik, Program Supervisor, Medical Assistant, and Allied Health Programs at Sussex County Community College. Please email smelik@sussex.edu or call 973-300-3170