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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 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 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 2013-20.

   2014 Medical Assisting Advisory Board Meeting


Brenda Luczek, MA Program Director, lead the meeting which is held on at least an annual basis to assess the needs of the program by gathering input from the medical community, students, instructors and a Medical Advisor- Dr. Wilson Sawa - a board certified OB-GYN surgeon who has an office with the Sturgis Medical Group. 

This year the college hosted two MAERB (Medical Assisting Education Review Board) site surveyors who conducted the ten-year site review for our program.  The preliminary findings are: all program standards were met.  No citations or adverse findings were reported.  The MA program was assessed as having four "exceptional" strengths which will be shared in a larger report after the official letter is recieved from CAAHEP (the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).

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, Cindy Miller, program instructors, Apiffany Sipress, Angie Brown, Caroline Miller, Kelli Strang, Barb Sutton and Marissa Byers, (all students), Val Mildenberg, Executive Assistant to the Program Chair, Brenda Luczek, MA Program Chair, Deb Lane and Donna Bruning, Community Health Center of Branch CountyVal Juergens, GOCC Marketing Manager, Tammy Russell, GOCC Instiutional Research and Effectiveness, Leo Chugunov, Three Rivers Health- Lab, Lynn Coursey, St. Joseph County Commission on Aging, Bill Lederman, GOCC Director of Nursing, Janice Reed, St. Joseph County Human Services Commission, Rene Renshaw, Union City Medical Center, Phyllis Youga, Sturgis Hospital Marketing, GOCC Adjunct Instructor


Glen Oaks Program Information 

Medical Assistant Brochure


Organizations of Interest 

AAMA - American Association of Medical Assistants

Glen Oaks Allied Health Club


  "Why I Chose Medical Assisting as a Career "    

At GOCC, Emily Strickland (on the left in front) was the winning student from our current MA program.  Click here to read her paper.