Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Now is the time to pursue a career in healthcare. To get started, enroll at the college, then complete a program application using the instructions on this page. Program applications are currently being accepted by email only. Admissions Specialists are available to help you by phone or by email. Call 704.330.6284 or 704.330.6958 to schedule your personal phone appointment.

What You Will Learn

Physician’s offices and healthcare facilities are increasing in numbers across the nation to accommodate America’s aging population. As a result, medical assisting is becoming one of the fastest growing careers in the country. For the past 50 years, Central Piedmont’s medical assisting program has been producing graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to address this national trend. Our program reviews the critical administrative tasks, clinical functions and laboratory procedures medical assistants perform each day in the field; equipping you with the hands-on training needed to pursue a successful career in the healthcare setting of your choice.

Medical assistants provide care and comfort to people with healthcare needs, while helping physicians’ offices run smoothly and efficiently. As a result, our program reviews the critical administrative tasks, clinical functions and laboratory procedures medical assistants perform each day in the field, such as:


  • recording vital signs
  • drawing blood and administering injections
  • assisting physicians with medical examinations


  • organizing medical records
  • scheduling appointments, receiving patients
  • performing medical coding and submitting insurance billing

At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in the performance of entry-level medical assisting
  • perform entry level Competencies for Medical Assistants as developed and published by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
  • perform all administrative and clinical procedures, which are assigned by a supervising physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant with a high degree of technical skill, effectiveness, efficiency, and safety as an entry-level medical assistant

Graduates of the program find work in physician offices, urgent care centers, medical clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and ambulatory care centers.

Review the virtual information session

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Let us help you fulfill your healthcare career goals. At Central Piedmont, you’ll find:

  • Affordability: our diploma and associate degree programs are offered at a cost that is significantly less than similar programs at other area schools.
  • Innovation: our challenging curriculum blends traditional classroom learning with the hands-on training you’ll need to pursue a successful career in the medical assisting field.
  • Options: we offer both a medical assisting diploma and an Associate in Applied Science degree in medical assisting. These programs may be completed in just 2.5 semesters to accommodate your learning needs. Practicums are also available with many of the region’s leading health care providers.
  • Quality: our medical assisting program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This means that when you enroll at Central Piedmont, you’re learning from one of the best.
  • Success: our graduating classes have earned 100 percent pass rates on the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) national certified medical assistant (CMA) exam for 15 years. As a result, our graduates attract today’s employers. In fact, some have been hired before graduation.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a diploma in medical assisting. Completing the diploma counts toward the requirements to complete the Associate in Applied Science, and students who have completed the diploma are encouraged to continue their studies and complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in medical assisting. Individuals desiring a career in medical assisting should, if possible, take keyboarding, medical terminology I, and required general education courses prior to entering the program. The college catalog details the medical assisting program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer medical assisting course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Medical Assisting Program Requirements

    If you attend full time, you should be able to complete the program in two and a half semesters. During the final eight weeks of the program, you will be assigned to a physician's office, where you will work a full-time schedule for four days each week. This practicum assignment is non-compensated (unpaid). For detailed information on medical assisting course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    All of our clinical facilities require a state and national criminal background investigation and drug screen of all students before they can be allowed into the clinical areas. Upon admission, you must also complete a medical exam, provide record of immunizations, and carry Central Piedmont's accident insurance. Current Provider Level CPR certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross must be completed by the end of the first semester of the program. You are responsible for the costs of each of these. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

    Continue reading for the steps to apply to the program.

  • Locations

    Levine Campus

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab/Clinical
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab/Clinical and Online)
    • Online

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Medical Assistant Careers

    Medical assistants are employed in physician offices, urgent care centers, medical clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and ambulatory care centers. Medical assisting employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so physicians can see more patients. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed medical assisting career requirements and opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Medical Assisting Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Total estimated costs (PDF)

    Medical Assisting Scholarships

    In particular, students interested in the medical assisting program should consider the following scholarships. Please note that many scholarships are managed by organizations outside of Central Piedmont.

  • Information Sessions and Keyboarding Tests

    Review the Virtual Information Session

    Review the virtual information session. You'll be able to learn more about our program, the profession, and applying to the program. If you decide to apply, it is mandatory to watch the video and answer three questions to verify you attended. The virtual information session will prompt you to:

    1. Provide us with some basic contact information information about yourself so that we know you are interested in the program.
    2. Watch the video: the full video is approximately 40 minutes long and contains all of the information provided at an in-person information session.
    3. Answer three final questions about information provided in the video and select "Submit" so that we can credit you for attending once you apply.

    Keyboarding Tests

    In order to be considered for the medical assisting program, you are required to take a keyboard test and demonstrate proficiency at 30 or more words per minute with 80% accuracy. If your typing speed is not 30 wpm with 80% accuracy after two attempts, you must complete OST 131.

    Keyboarding tests are canceled until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates.

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Apply to the Program

You can apply for either fall or spring. Admission into the medical assisting diploma program is competitive. A maximum of 24 full-time and 12 part-time students are selected with five alternates. Applicants are ranked according to their score on the medical assisting program application. Admission is based on your points from attending a medical assisting information session or health careers open house, past academic performance, and current Provider Level CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

You will be notified of your admissions decision within four to six weeks after you submit your medical assisting program application. If you are not accepted and wish to reapply, you will be required to complete a new medical assisting application.

Meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.