Medical Assistant Diploma

Earn a Medical Assistant Diploma in just 12 months.

Medical Assistants as one of the hottest careers in healthcare, offering tremendous employment potential, a lucrative salary, fantastic employment. The Medical Assistant diploma program offered at CBT College in Florida generally lasts for 12 months. This technical diploma will help prepare you perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties. Do not confuse a medical assistant with a physician assistant; the two perform different duties in the medical field.

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CBT’s 12-month Diploma in Medical Assistant is an entryway to a rewarding medical career. Medical assistants serve a critical role in all types of healthcare facilities, and our program is designed to help you fill that role. Through practical, hands-on training in our well-equipped laboratories, we train students in all entry level areas of patient care, including clinical, laboratory, and administrative procedures, concluding with a Clinical Externship at a partner facility, to give you the confidence you need to embark on your professional journey. Students can also choose to continue with the coursework toward an associate degree in Medical Assisting Technology.

CBT’s Diploma in Medical Assistant program aims to prepare, educate, and provide students with the knowledge and skills for certification and employment as a Medical Assistant Professional in both clinical and administrative areas. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, and human diseases.

  2. Perform entry level administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, and utilization of computer software.

  3. Perform clinical duties such as applying principles of aseptic techniques and infection control, taking vitals and patient histories, collecting and processing specimens, performing basic lab testing, performing patient screening, preparing patient and assisting with procedures and exams, administering medications, and performing venipuncture and electrocardiograms.

  4. Apply basic knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation and reporting, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and applying HIPAA rules in maintaining confidentiality and release of information.

  5. Handle equipment and manage inventory of a medical office, while maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency.

  6. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software.

  7. Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Clinical Procedures

MEA0204 ›

course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the general procedures performed in the medical office. Students will learn to take vital signs, medical histories prepare the patients for treatments and explain the treatment and assist physician during general physical examinations. Additional skills include but not limited to suture removal, medication administration and most common physical therapies procedures. Special emphasis will be applied on asepsis and sterilization techniques as well as specialized procedures such as gynecologic, pediatric, ophthalmologic, orthopedics, and audiology. Pre-requisite: HSC1531Medical Terminology and BSC1085 Anatomy & Physiology

Microsoft Technology Applications

CGS1060 ›

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Office 2010. It will feature four distinct programs: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook. In MS Word, the student will learn how to create and edit and format documents, and format text and paragraphs. In MS Excel, the student will learn to work with formulas and functions, format a worksheet, and to work with charts. In MS PowerPoint, the student will create/modify a presentation, insert objects into a presentation, and finish a presentation. In MS Outlook, the student will be trained in the usage of e-mail and the management of information the application. There are some activities that integrate some of these applications which are very beneficial for students who will use these applications in the real working environment.

Anatomy & Physiology

BSC1085 ›

Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human organ systems as an integral part of the medical field. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human body structures and normal functioning of each structural system, as well as what takes place when the body’s homeostasis is unbalanced. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods such as lecture, visuals, handouts, labeling and visual exercises as well as open discussion in the form of questions and answers.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HSC1531 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

HSC1531 ›

This course introduces medical elements and their applications to body systems and medical specialties. The student will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixes, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology. These terms will be applied to common medical specialties.
Prerequisite: None


This course emphasizes the fundamentals of the human disease process introducing important pathologic concepts and terminology associated with emphasis in etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, clinical course, treatment and prognosis. This will include the study of the major diseases associated with each body system.
Prerequisite: HSC1531 Medical Terminology and BSC1085Anatomy & Physiology.

Laboratory Procedures

MEA1256 ›

This Course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the most common Physician Office Laboratory Procedures (POL) including proper use of equipment, supplies, asepsis techniques, proper transportation as well preparation/examination of samples, recognizing normal and abnormal lab. Values. Laboratory areas of importance to be taught are: microbiology, hematology, Urinalysis, blood chemistry and Immunology. Special emphasis will be placed on quality control, assurance programs and safety on laboratory mandated by Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and following proper steps in preventing accidents.
Prerequisite: MEA0204 Clinical Procedures


MEA1245 ›

The skill of Phlebotomy is taught through didactic, laboratory (manikins) and hands-on (clinical) experiences. The students are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper technique and precautions, including but not limited to: vacuum collection devices, syringe and needle, capillary skin puncture for Hematocrit determination, winged needles (butterfly) and other special diagnostic tests such as blood cultures specimen collection for all age categories, bleeding time determination and drug screening. Emphasis is placed on infection prevention, Universal Precautions, proper labeling of specimens and quality assurance. Students will be taught specimen handling and processing.
Prerequisite: MEA0204 Clinical Procedures


MEA1542 ›

The electrocardiography is a non-invasive test on the heart using an electrical machine that measures the electrical impulses of the heart in tracings. This course teaches the variations in the electrical potential produced by the heart and is used to diagnose irregularities in heart function. This course provides recognition of emergencies in the EKG graph that will alert the physician to determine the need for possible further testing. Students will be trained in performing a correct 12 lead EKG, cardiac drugs affecting this test, rhythm recognition, cause of artifacts and correction, and patient preparation. The course also will cover Holter monitoring, Pulmonary Function Testing, Oximetry and their importance and application in any clinical setting.
Pre-requisite: MEA 0204 Clinical Procedures.

Medical Office Procedures

OST1461 ›

This course will provide students with skills and knowledge needed to perform entry level administrative duties on Information Management such as use of medical office equipment, computer programs proficiency (medisoft, office hours, EMR software, and others), medical records management, and medical transcription. Students also will learn Front Office Management procedures focused in reception, telecommunication, and appointments skills along with Financial Management basic principles related to Billing, payroll, and banking/accounting procedures.Special emphasis is placed in Facilities and Operations Management which includes safety, office Arrangement and general management and supervision of medical practices. General introductions to Insurance Claims Management including coding systems are also addressed.
Prerequisite: None

Upon completion of this 12-month diploma program and clinical externship, graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. Medical Assistants perform a wide range of medical duties, such as medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting physicians with examinations and surgery, drawing blood, and administering ECGs and medications. Administrative duties include patient reception, appointment scheduling, recordkeeping, filing, typing medical correspondence, and computer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection and performance of basic laboratory tests. Graduates will also be prepared to further their education be pursuing an A.S. in Medical Assisting Technology.

Graduates will be prepared for the following certifications:

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)


CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)


As more physicians expand their offices, the demand for medical assisting technicians will continue to increase. There is a projected 20 percent growth for medical assistants over the next few years. Medical assisting technology is one of the steadily growing sectors within the healthcare industry.

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CBT College has Three (3) conveniently located campuses throughout Miami-Dade County. All locations are national accredited by ACICS.

CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.
2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.