Certificate to Associate of Science - Medical Assisting 1 + 1 Program

About South College

At South College we welcome students from all different stages of life and career. Whether you are pursing a degree for the first time, going back to school as an adult learner, or furthering your career with an advanced degree, our faculty and staff will partner with you to give your dreams direction.

Enjoy a small college environment with a variety of educational programs and courses offered at varying times including day, evening, and Saturday classes, with select courses offered online.

At South College, the primary goal of each curriculum is to prepare students to pursue the career of their choice. Students will find challenging courses provided in a supportive atmosphere.

Medical Assisting Certificate Program

The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health professional who works primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical Assistants function as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. The Medical Assistant Certificate option is established on the Standards and Guidelines of an Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Assistant as identified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

This competency-based curriculum covers administrative, clinical, and interdisciplinary skills. These skills are evaluated through performance exams that test competency on written, practical and skill acquisition. The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Experiences for the development of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills are driven through classroom activities, clinical and community experiences, and a 180-hour unpaid internship prior to the conclusion of the program.

The Medical Assisting 1 + 1 program is designed for certificate completion in four (4) quarters or one full calendar year. Upon completion of the certificate (part one of the program), students can add an additional 2-3 quarters to complete the general education requirement (part two) and earn the A.S. degree in Medical Assisting.

Campus Location

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Asheville, NC


South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, master's, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels.

Program Disclosures

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