Medical Assisting

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Allied Health and Kinesiology
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC


What is the Medical Assisting program?

A program whose goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

What will I learn?

You will learn both the administrative and clinical procedures required to be performed in the physician's office. The student will learn manual scheduling, bookkeeping, medical records maintenance, and medical insurance claims. In addition, the medical assistant will be able to function within a computerized office management system performing scheduling, billing, collections and electronic medical records. Clinically you will learn and perform EKGs, urinalysis, phlebotomy, injections, assisting with minor surgery, casting, wound care, eye/ear irrigation, urinary catheterization, vital signs, pulmonary functions tests, measuring infants and much more. 

What can I do with this course of study?

The program offers a Certificate Level II and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Medical Assistants can work in a variety of health care settings. The most common is in a physician's office. This occupation is predicted to be in high demand through 2025. Median salary for the San Antonio area is $32,833, and a Texas median salary of $32,833 with a maximum of $37,842.

What's special about the program?

In 1969 SAC's program became the first accredited medical assisting program in the United States*. Through personalized instruction, practice, performance and our state of the art facility, students have stepped out of the classroom and into an actual clinic with minimal transition from student to employee. 

...first accredited medical assisting program in the United States.

*Verified by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board the CAAHEP Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assisting. 


The San Antonio College AAS Degree and Certificate Level II programs in Medical Assisting are 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 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Ph# 727-210-2350
Fax# 727-210-2354 

What are our average outcomes for our AAS and Certificate Level II graduates?

Our graduates are eligible and encouraged to take the CMA (AAMA) or RMA (AMT) national credentialing exam for medical assistants. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers as seen displayed by the yearly outcome for both AAS degree and Certificate Level II.


One-year Average
Outcomes for Certificate Level II
Retention (2017 Admission Cohort)

No applicants for the 2017 academic year

Job Placement (2018 Graduates)

No graduates for the 2018 academic year.


Outcomes for AAS
2017 and 2018
Retention (2017 admission cohort) 92.3%
Job Placement (2018 Graduates) 81.8%



Outcomes for AAS and Certificate Level II-2017-2018 | PDF

Contact Us

Luis Vegamaldonado

Program Coordinator, Medical Assisting
Nursing Allied Health Complex (NAHC-134)