Medical Assistant Certificate

Is health care your passion? Your opportunities are endless at Glen Oaks Community College  

The Certified Medical Assistant is one of the most sought after careers in the healthcare field as a result of the diversity in the skill preparation. The Medical Assistant’s skills are utilized in both the administrative and clinical aspects of the medical office. Phlebotomy, medical administration and surgical assisting are among the many clinical skills acquired in the Medical Assisting Program. Employers of our students when surveyed regarding the last 5 years have reported 100% satisfaction in our Graduates. Likewise students are equally satisfied with the quality of the education that they receive and their preparedness to walk into a job immediately after graduation.

The Glen Oaks Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350,

Graduates of the accredited program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Passing the examination allows the graduate to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA-AAMA). The Medical Assistant can further his or her education by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health. The Medical Assistant Certificate is a competency-based program of study. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the job growth is expected to be 23% between the years of 2014-2024 with a Median Pay of $15.17 per hour or $31,540 per year.

Annual Medical Assisting Advisory Board Meeting

Carol Naccarato, Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting, lead the yearly meeting on March 29, 2017 at Glen Oaks Community College. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to assess the needs of the program by gathering input from the medical community, students, instructors and a Medical Advisor- Kristy Davis, D.O. – who owns her own Family Practice in Sturgis, MI.

During the meeting, the program director presented the outcomes from the yearly review by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The yearly data as well as the five-year weighted average data demonstrated compliance with retention, job placement, graduate survey, and employer survey outcome thresholds.

Glen Oaks is proud to state that over the past five-years employers of our Medical Assistant Graduates have reported 100% satisfaction when surveyed regarding the knowledge and skill level of these graduates. Likewise, the graduates from the past 5 years when surveyed have reported 100% satisfaction in the education that they received throughout their program.

Other 5 year statistics that have exceeded the benchmarks by the accrediting body are retention at 84%, Placement of Graduates at 85% and Exam Passage at 88.89%.

We invite the health community to offer insights, ideas and suggestions to help us constantly assess, update and improve our delivery of education to our Medical Assisting students.

ALH Board Meeting

Attendees pictured front row from left to right are: Jo Hagood, Sturgis Medical Group Administrative Director, Deb Lane, Community Health Center of Branch County Practice Manager, Shannon Menz, ProMed Family Practice, and Janice Reed, St. Joseph County Human Services Commission. Back row from left to right are: Carol Naccarato, Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting, Kristy Davis, D.O., Medical Advisor, Marlene Livingston, Clinical Instructor, Brandi Monroe, Administrative Instructor, Katrina Mitchell, student, Tom Stoll, St. Joseph County Commission on Aging, and Dr. David Devier, President, Glen Oaks Community College.

Glen Oaks Program Information

Medical Assistant Brochure (PDF)

Organizations of Interest

AAMA – American Association of Medical Assistants
Glen Oaks Allied Health Club

Scholarship Contest Winner


At GOCC, Emily Strickland (on the left in front) was the winning student from our past MA program.

Read Emily’s winning submission “Why I chose Medical Assisting as a Career” here.