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  Nov 26, 2022
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Medical Assisting Advanced (2315) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science

This is a Selective Access program.


The Medical Assisting Advanced program is designed to educate and train students to assist licensed health care practitioners to deliver safe, competent, and ethical medical care in various health care settings. The Medical Assisting Advanced program provides personalized instruction and hands-on training preparing students for clinical practicum externship and employment. The program is current with industry standards and responsive to the demonstrated needs and expectations of the communities of interest served by the program.

The Program

The Medical Assisting Advanced program prepares students to perform medical assisting duties under the direction of a physician/practitioner, including preparing examination rooms, taking vital signs, assisting in minor surgical procedures, giving injections, performing venipuncture, assisting in laboratory operations, taking x-rays, and administering electrocardiograms. Medical assistants also learn to function in an administrative capacity, including patient communications, maintaining patient records, billing, scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, and processing insurance claims.

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all professional coursework.

Embedded Certificate(s)

A technical certificate, Medical Assisting Specialist (6015) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you. 

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.

The Career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.”

Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.


In order to be eligible for the practicum externship, students must:

  • Have a CGPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Be CPR Certificated and have training in Universal Precautions (OSHA).
  • Possess HIPPA compliance certificate.
  • Have a satisfactory status with the College’s Bursar’s office and Financial Aid office.
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage.

Note: Some practicum externship sites will require students to pass a background checks and/or drug screening prior to placement. 

Practicum externship hours are as follows:

  • Students are required to complete 40 hours per week for 5.6 weeks on their practicum externship. The total number of hours for the practicum externship is 225 hours. Practicum externship hours are usually accrued 8 hours per day, 5 days a week at a physician’s office. 
  • Physician’s offices are usually open during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and they are usually closed evenings and weekends. Students are expected to be at their practicum externship site Monday through Friday during normal business hours. 
  • As part of the program, the student cannot receive compensation from the practicum externship site.


Graduates of the Medical Assisting Associate in Science degree program are eligible to sit for the following examinations:

Application Procedure

Admission to the program is selective and based on academic performance and other criteria. It is recommended that students meet with the program advisor prior to applying for program acceptance. To meet the minimum requirement for consideration and acceptance to the program, students must:

  1. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application. 
  2. Complete a Medical Assisting program application.
  3. Provide evident of current CPR certification (adult, child, and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support BLS course for Health Care Providers that includes hands-on simulated experiences. Find AMA-approved courses at
  4. Submit their College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).

Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of recommended coursework HSC 1531 .
  2. Previous healthcare experience. Note: Verification must be on company letterhead and signed/dated by the designated verifying person.
  3. Submittal date of application.

A physical examination and successful completion of a background and drug screening process will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.

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General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 16

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 49

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 65

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020  or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
  7. Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
  8. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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