Medical Assisting

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Allied Health and Kinesiology
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC
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What is the Medical Assisting program?

A program whose goal is to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.


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 the 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 San Antonio College AAS Degree and Certificate Level II 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).

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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 credentialing exam for medical assistants. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers as seen displayed by the yearly outcome for both AAS degree and Certificate Level II.

One-year Average

Outcomes for Certificate Level II


Retention (2020 Admission Cohort)


Job Placement (2020 Graduate year)



Exam Passage (2020 Graduate year)



            Outcomes for AAS


Retention (2020 admission cohort)


Job Placement (2020 Graduates year)


Exam Passage (2020 Graduate Year)



Contact Us

Cheryl Startzell, MA, CMA (AAMA)
(210) 486-1502

Luis Vegamaldonado, MHA, REEGT, RPSGT, RMA, EMT
Program Coordinator
Nursing Allied Health Complex (NAHC 134)
(210) 486-1670

Robert Inman, MSN, RN
(210) 486-1149

Lori Swaney
Academic Lab Technician
(210) 486-1537