West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Clinical Medical Assistant A.A.S.

Medical Assisting
Clinical Medical Assistant, 1+1 Program Science
Associate in Applied Science Degree
NOTE: This program has specific entrance requirements, application, and standards of progress requirements. See the Admissions/Registration and Policies sections for additional information. The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.
Academic Advisor: Michele Watson

Students applying to the Clinical Medical Assistant 1+1 program, must have successfully completed the Medical Assisting: Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate program.
Students selected for admission to the Clinical Medical Assistant Program will be trained in clinical procedures for entry-level employment in medical ambulatory care settings. Graduates are prepared for employment as “competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), pschyomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains” as required in AAMA/CAAHEP accreditation standards. Campus lab preparatory experiences and a 160-hour supervised and unpaid practicum afford students the opportunity for observation and hands-on training in outpatient medical procedures within the scope of practice of the Medical Assistant.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform administrative competencies related to administrative office procedures in the medical office
  • Demonstrate patient interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate sterile technique in maintenance of treatment areas and patient preparation
  • Perform specimen collections
  • Instruct patients in collection of specimens
  • Perform diagnostic testing within scope of practice of the Medical Assistant
  • Apply pharmacologic principles to prepare and administer medication as permitted by law
  • Perform patient triage and techniques of patient interviewing.

Occupations available for students completing program requirements include Medical assistant positions primarily in ambulatory care settings. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment for medical assistants is expected to increase 34% from 2008-2018.” Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations due to the increasing numbers of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities, especially for multi-skilled medical assistants trained in both administrative and clinical duties.

The WVNCC Medical Assisting: Clinical Medical Assistant, AAS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Important information: If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for any reason, State or National credentialing boards, licensing board and agencies which require criminal background checks on potential employees and students may deny you employment or placement in certain settings, even if you have completed all academic requirements. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the appropriate Health Science Program Director.

The Medical Assisting Program at West Virginia Northern Community College has an  Employer Satisfaction  rate average of 96.55% over the past five years. 


Admission to the Clinical Medical Assisting, AAS program requires (1) completion of a Health Science Application; (2) Overall GPA of 2.5 at the time of admission; (3) successful completion of a background check and drug screening; (4) successful completion of the Administrative Medical Assisting, CAS program.


Students applying for admission to the Clinical Medical Assisting, AAS program will be required to complete the following:

1.  A background check and drug screening at a cost of approximately $150. 

2.  A physical examination as per the Health Science Department Health Record. (Students schedule with their own physicians)

3.  Uniforms, sphygmomanometer, and stethoscope are required and can be purchased through the College bookstore using financial aid funds.  Students will also be required to purchase shoes and a watch as described in program orientation.

Please print and submit the required Health Science Application for Clinical Medical Assistant, A.A.S.

A minimum grade of a "C' is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate.




Awards and Accreditations