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Medical Assisting

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties in addition to working alongside physicians mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities.

Gwinnett Tech's Medical Assisting program provides interactive, hands-on experience and led by Certified Medical Assistants (CMA). Our Medical Assisting diploma prepares students for employment in physician offices, clinics, surgical centers and urgent care centers.

The goal of our Medical Assisting program is to prepare future medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) domain. Coursework includes: structure, function and diseases of the human body, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pharmacology, medical assisting procedures (both administrative and clinical) and a practicum (externship) in medical assisting.

Physicians count on medical assistants to:

  • Greet and process incoming and outgoing patients
  • Prepare and assist the physician during an exam
  • Perform routine clinical tasks such as collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Take patient histories and chief complaint
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Measure vital signs & height and weight
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services

Admission to the Medical Assisting program is competitive and is only offered full-time, during the day at our Lawrenceville campus.

The Gwinnett Technical College diploma-level Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of the Gwinnett Tech Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the national certification for medical assistant and upon passing the exam may work as a CMA, AAMA. Over the past five years, employer satisfaction of Gwinnett Tech’s graduates is 100 percent.

Take the first step towards a career in Medical Assisting and apply for next semester! Important dates and deadlines are listed to get you started and if you are looking for ways to pay for your education, explore our scholarships for this program. You can also learn about our faculty and clubs and organizations to join!

Gwinnett Tech builds relationships with local subject-matter experts to develop advisory boards, who provide feedback that ensures we deliver relevant industry-specific curriculum for today’s high-demand careers. See who serves on our Medical Assisting advisory board.

For more information on our degree and certificate programs available, please view the course catalog fact sheets for Medical Assisting Diploma and Healthcare Assistant Certificate.

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