Medical Assisting Admissions

Medical Assisting Admissions Staff


Official Application Filing Period

The Medical Assisting program is a Fall-entry only program with limited enrollment (24). The open application period starts September 1 of every year.

Application Process 

Acceptance to the Medical Assisting program is considered with the completion of all three phases below and with a competitive ranking process with particular attention given to timely submission of required paperwork and grade point average (GPA).

Phase I 

Step 1

Apply & Enroll in San Antonio College

Applicants for the Medical Assisting program MUST be fully enrolled in San Antonio College. 

First submit your application for admission through the Apply Texas website.

Then follow the step-by-step enrollment process found in Admissions & Aid / How to Apply.

Step 2

Meet the Course Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of San Antonio College, students desiring fall admission into the Medical Assisting program must:

For Medical Assisting, A.A.S:
  • Complete the following entry-level skills courses:
    1.  TSI ready
    2.  MATH 0320 - Intermediate Algebra
    3.  MDCA 1313 - Medical Terminology (recommended)
  • Accrue a GPA of 2.50 
For Medical Assisting, Level II Certificate:
  • Complete the following entry-level skills courses:
          1.  TSI ready
          2.  MATH 0410 or higher
          3.  MDCA 1313 - Medical Terminology (recommended)
  • Accrue a GPA of 2.50


Step 3

Apply to the Medical Assisting program

Complete and submit the online application before the deadline for consideration.

 Medical Assisting Application 

(Application Link compGoogle Chrome and Internet Explorer)

Step 4

For more information regarding mandatory informational sessions, please contact:

Luis Vega-Maldonado

Lori Swaney

Phase II

Submission of the following by the specified deadline (provided by the Program):

  • A completed program health assessment packet which includes a history and physical assessment (physical exam), Technical Standards Form, proof of immunizations i.e., MMR, varicella, bacterial meningitis (<22 years of age), hepatitis series, and current TB screen (within 1 year)
  • Background check and drug screen utilizing Alamo Colleges contracted vendors
  • CPR for Health Care Providers

Phase III

Students completing Phases 1-2 and who have presented their completed packets to the Program, will receive notification by e-mail from the Program office of their status.

If selected, applicant MUST attend the orientation meeting in the summer prior to registration for classes.

PLEASE NOTE: A positive criminal background may prevent you from being accepted into the Medical Assisting program. All applicants with a positive criminal background report must request a waiver from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

For assistance, please contact:
Katie Gottwaldt
Director of Certification
20 N. Wacker Drive #1575
Chicago, IL 60606

Also, please keep in mind that when you request a waiver you'll need the following:

  1. A written explanation of the events regarding the incident(s). This should include any special circumstances (such as age of the applicant at the time of the incident[s]) as well as any life changes since the incident(s);
  2. Copies of official documentation related to the incident(s), including police report showing the initial charges, court documentation outlining sentencing requirements or documentation showing how the case was resolve.
  3. Successful completion of parole or probation requirements
  4. At least two written references by individuals other than your family and friends.
  5. Any criminal history since the incident occurred.

Program Textbook List

New TEXTBOOKLISTS -spring, summer, fall 2020-2021.pdf

Please Note:

  • The Medical Assisting program at San Antonio College does not offer Advanced Placement Internal Examination for credit hours for any core curriculum courses other than MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology.
  • Advanced Placement is accomplished through cognitive testing for MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology only. Students pay for advanced placement at the Business office, and return to take the comprehensive final for the specified course. The grade achieved on the exam becomes the transcripted grade for the course.
  • The Medical Assisting program accepts transfer of core curriculum coursework from CAAHEP-Accredited Medical Assisting programs. Courses to be transferred will be evaluated by the Program Coordinator and Department Chair for approval, as well as San Antonio College Admissions and Records.
  • The Medical Assisting program does not accept Experiential Learning in lieu of coursework.


Allied Health Department Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm

Sat & Sun: CLOSED



Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-5:00pm

Fri: 8:00am-12:00pm

Sat & Sun: CLOSED


Nursing & Allied Health Complex (NAHC- RM# 338)

Computer lab is open to general student use when not reserved.

Contact Us

Luis Vegamaldonado

Program Coordinator, Medical Assisting
Nursing Allied Health Complex (NAHC-134)