Medical Assisting

Top Medical Assisting Program in Northeast Ohio & Cleveland Area

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

There is no better time than the present to enter the healthcare field. The Medical Assisting program is a great way to gain access to this exciting profession. Recently, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have decided credentialed medical assistants can enter orders into patient medical records for the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) – a task previously limited to licensed healthcare professionals. This means that medical assistant students who become credentialed can offer additional workflow efficiency and compliance benefits to their employers.

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
  • Phlebotomy certification
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Records management/electronic medical records
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Entry-level ICD-9/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
  • HIPAA/standards and guidelines

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. Students will be required to have a routine physical, and criminal background check prior to externship. Some healthcare systems and physician practices may require proof of current immunizations for students participating in externships. Students must also complete the Hepatitis B series prior to participation in their externships.

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.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification examination and the International Academy of Phlebotomy Sciences (IAPS) certification examination.




Fall 2015
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 2015 – May 2016 (approximate ending date)

Spring 2016
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
February 2016- December 2016

Tuition Fee: $9,495 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $800)
Tuition includes textbooks, CMA and IAPS examination fees.
Students can expect the following additional costs: immunizations and/or titres, physical exam and uniform.

Qualifies for CT2 Career Technical College Credit
College credit can be received via the Ohio Board of Regents Career Technical Transfer Guarantee System (CT2). Detailed information is available at

Registration begins at the Information Night on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Call Elaine Byrd at (440) 891-7697 or Mary Koeka at (440) 891-7653 for more information.

Program Resource

Course of Study

Syllabus (Day Class)

Syllabus (Evening Class)

Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

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Medical Assisting 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Ms. Michelle Braunscheidel, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Larry Bruno, Lawrence P. Bruno, M.D. Inc.
Ms. Margarita Diaz, MetroHealth Medical Center – Surgery PCU
Ms. Linda Dudik, Southwest General Medical Group
Ms. Laura Heinemann, Cleveland Clinic
Ms. Tracey Johnson-Webb, Premier Physicians
Ms. Joyce Klingshim, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Cheryl Lazroff, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Denise Martin, MetroHealth Medical Center
Ms. Lisa Rosbough, St. Vincent Charity Hospital Rockside
Ms. Carol Yacyshyn, Louis Stokes Cleveland Medical Center