Program Details


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


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763



Graduating students of a program accredited by CAAHEP are eligible to take the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination conducted by the certifying board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.  Upon passing the exam, the CMA credential is awarded.  The graduate is also eligible to take the national certifying test from the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass the National Certification Exam CMA (AAMA), credentialing examination compared to the number of graduates who take the examination. Consistent with the CAAHEP / MAERB Standards, programs must document a five-year credentialing examination pass rate average of not less than 70% at first attempt. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate is stated as an average over a five-year period from 2011-2015 at a 90 percent pass rate.


The medical assistant curriculum consists of four semesters of competency-based instruction and a nine-week supervised externship.  The supervised externship is established at an approved facility by the College, cooperatively selected by the student and the Medical Assistant faculty.  Students do not receive Remuneration for their time at the facility.

Course Descriptions

ME123 Medical Law and Ethics

3 credits

This course emphasizes legal principles, procedures, and regulations that affect Medical Assistants and other Allied Health professionals. It includes confidentiality and release of information, current medical and bioethical issues. 2 hours lecture per week.


ME132 Urinalysis

2 credits

This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of the kidney in health and disease. It provides basic and more advanced instruction in the study and execution of urinalysis. 3 hours lecture/lab for 2/3 of the semester. Prerequisite: BI173/BL171 and BI183/BL181 (or concurrent).


ME143 Pharmacology

3 credits

An introduction to the principles of pharmacology, computation of dosages, and a comprehensive study of drug action, routes of administration, classes of drugs by body system, as well as antibiotics, antiviral drugs, blood products, anesthetics, emergency drugs, vaccines and immunizations, and chemotherapy agents. It is designed to develop skills in preparation, education, and administration of immunizations and various drugs. 3 hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: BI162, 41 or above on COMPASS math placement test or “C” or above in MA090.


ME203 Medical Transcription

3 credits

This course involves transcription of physician-dictated reports organized by body systems. Emphasis on development of accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcription of letters, chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultations, emergency room reports, discharge summaries, and using reference materials and other resources efficiently. Editing and proofreading techniques, and grammar and punctuation review. Understanding professional issues in medical transcription. Prerequisite: BI162, BI173 and BI183, or BI115/BL115, CS121, CS141, CS181.


ME213 Introduction to Medical Coding

3 credits

The focus of this class is learning the coding rules for CPT, ICD-9CM, and Level II (HCPC) coding systems and applying the rules to code patient services. In addition, a variety of payment systems are presented: DRG, APC, RUGIII, RBRV. The medical topics of Medicare fraud/abuse, HMOs, and PROs are reviewed. Prerequisite: BI162, BI173 and BI183, or BI115/BL115.


ME223 Medical Office Procedures

3 credits

This course involves intensive training covering medical receptionist tasks, working with patient files, medical records, banking procedures, medical insurance. It also covers the integration of medical office tasks, mail handling, making meeting and travel arrangements, and the administrative responsibilities of an office manager. 3 hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: BI162 or concurrent.


ME274 Medical Assisting I

4 credits lecture/0 credit lab

This is a study of professionalism for the medical assistant, including assisting in medical treatment, surgical asepsis, minor surgery, and medical office procedures. The lab permits demonstration and practice for competencies in body fluid precautions, obtaining patient interview and vitals, assisting with physical exams, administration of medications and injections and knowledge of diagnostic testing. 3 hours lecture per week, 3 hours lab per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in the Medical Assisting program.


ME283 Medical Assisting II

3 credits lecture/0 credit lab

This is a continued course directed to students in the Medical Assisting Technology program. Students perform diagnostic testing, maintenance on a variety of diagnostic equipment, and electrocardiographs; they also assist in medical specialty exams. The course includes emergency treatment and first aid care instruction. 2 hours lecture per week and 2 hours lab per week. Prerequisite: ME274.


ME290 Medical Assisting Externship

10 credits

This course is directed clinical practice in a medical facility. It includes an administrative, clinical, and laboratory rotation. 9 weeks of 40 hours per week. Prerequisite: ME274; Co-requisite: ME283.


ML142 Orientation to Medical Lab

2 credits

This course is an overview of basic laboratory hematology, coagulation, clinical chemistry, blood banking, serology and bacteriology. 3 hours lecture/lab. Co-requisite: PB102 and ME132.