Medical Assisting

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC


What is the Medical Assisting program?

A program to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

What will I learn?

You will learn both the administrative and clinical procedures required to be performed in the physician's office. The student will learn manual scheduling, bookkeeping, medical records maintenance, and medical insurance claims. In addition, the medical assistant will be able to function within a computerized office management system performing scheduling, billing, collections and electronic medical records. Clinically you will learn and perform EKGs, urinalysis, phlebotomy, injections, assisting with minor surgery, casting, wound care, eye/ear irrigation, urinary catheterization, vital signs, pulmonary functions tests, measuring infants and much more. 

What can I do with this course of study?

The program offers a Certificate Level II and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Medical Assistants can work in a variety of health care settings. The most common is in a physician's office. This occupation is predicted to be in high demand through 2025. Median salary for the San Antonio area is $32,833, and a Texas median salary of $32,833 with a maximum of $37,842.

What's special about program?

In 1969 SAC's program became the first accredited medical assisting program in the United States*. Through personalized instruction, practice, performance and our state of the art facility, students have stepped out of the classroom and into an actual clinic with minimal transition from student to employee. 

...first accredited medical assisting program in the United States.

*Verified by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board the CAAHEP Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assisting. 

  • The San Antonio College AAS Degree and Certificate Level 2 programs in Medical Assisting are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

What are our average outcomes for our AAS and Certificate Level II graduates?

Our Graduates are eligible and encouraged to take the CMA (AAMA) or RMA (AMT) national credential exam for medical assistants. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers as seen displayed by the 5 year weighted outcome for both AAS degree and Certificate Level II program. 

2012-2016 Average Outcomes:


Certificate Level II

Graduate Satisfaction  100%  100%
Employer Satisfaction  100%  100%
Retention  82%  79%

Outcomes for AAS and Certificate Level II-2012-2016 | PDF

Contact Us

Luis Vegamaldonado

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