Medical Assistant Certificate



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.

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. The job growth rate is expected to be 31% between 2013-2020.

Annual Medical Assisting Advisory Board Meeting

Carol Naccarato, Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting, lead the yearly meeting on March 31, 2016 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 also reported 100% satisfaction in the education that they received throughout their program.

Medical Assisting Advisory Board

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.

Attendees were: Dr. David Devier, President of the College, Pat Morgenstern, Dean of Academics and Extended Learning, Marlene Livingston, program instructor, Charen Keesling, Brianna O’Brien, Rachel Arnett, Toniesha Smith (all students), Bernice Crocker, Executive Assistant to the Program Director, Carol Naccarato, Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting, Jo Hagood, Sturgis Medical Group Administrative Director, Phyllis Youga, Sturgis Hospital Marketing, Deb Lane, Community Health Center of Branch County Practice Manager, Donna Bruning, Community Health Center of Branch County Office Manager, Val Juergens, GOCC Marketing Manager, Tammy Russell, GOCC Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Hope Bailey, Three Rivers Health Chief Clinical Officer, Sherry Swartz, St. Joseph County Commission on Aging, Bill Lederman, GOCC Director of Nursing, Janice Reed, St. Joseph County Human Services Commission, Tonia Taylor, Union City Medical Center, Megan Hyska, Michiana Women’s Center, Jen Rose, Union City Medical Center, Kristy Davis, D.O., Medical Advisor.

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 current MA program.

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