Medical Assisting

(946 Hours) Financial Aid Eligible Program (For those who qualify)

There is no better time than the present to enter the healthcare field. The accredited Medical Assisting program is a great way to gain access to this exciting profession.

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares students to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures for employment in a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital.

The course will cover, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Entry-level clinical skills & duties
  • Administrative Duties
  • Phlebotomy certification
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Records management/electronic medical records
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Entry-level ICD-10/CPT coding
  • Health insurance claim forms
  • AED/adult/child/infant CPR
  • First aid/medical emergencies
  • Computer skills
  • Psychology of human behavior
  • Employability skills
  • OSHA/universal precautions/personal protective equipment
  • HIPAA/standards and guidelines

Students enrolled in programs with externships may be required to complete (at student’s expense), immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam, and/or background check prior to the student’s placement at an externship site.  Students must complete the Hepatitis B series prior to participation in their externships.

Medical Assisting students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a 160-hour unpaid externship which will take place during the program’s 946 hours.

A minimum of 90% attendance with a C average or better is required for students to participate in the externship opportunity.

Polaris Career Center’s Adult Medical Assisting program’s five-year average for placement is 81.30%.

The Polaris Career Center Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

Certifications/Licensure Include:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • AED/Adult/Child/Infant CPR & First Aid


Fall 2016- Day
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 12, 2016 – June 29, 2017 (approximate ending date)

Spring 2017- Evening
4:00 PM- 10:00 PM
February 13, 2017 – November 29, 2017 (approximate ending date)

Tuition Fee: $9,995 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $833)

Tuition includes textbooks, and certification examination fees.

Students can expect the following additional costs: uniform, immunizations/ titres, drug screening, physical exam,  and/or background check.

One Year Option College Credit
This program is an approved One Year Option program with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The One Year Option program allows graduates of Ohio Technical Centers who complete a 900-hour plus program of study and obtain an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor to receive 30 college technical credit hours toward a technical degree upon enrollment in an institution of higher education.

Qualifies for CT2 College Credit
This program can earn up to 18 credit hours via the Ohio Department of Higher Education. College credit can be received via the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Career Technical Credit Transfer System (CT2).

For more information, call our Transitions Coordinator at (440) 891-7697.

Program Resource

Course of Study

Syllabus (Day Class)

Syllabus (Evening Class)

Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

Click here to view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Medical Assisting 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Ms. Michelle Braunscheidel, Cleveland Clinic: Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Ms. Margarita Diaz, MetroHealth Medical Center
Mr. Warren J. Glen, Sr., Cuyahoga Community College
Ms. Tammy Haseley, Healthcare Circle, Inc.
Ms. Tracey Johnson-Webb, Premier Physicians Center
Ms. Linda Klingenstein, Southwest General Medical Group
Ms. Joyce Klingshirn, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Cheryl Lazroff, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Denise Martin, MetroHealth Medical Center
Ms. Marquerite VnDerwyst, Our House/Dignity Home Health Care
Ms. Katrina Woodring, Humana