Medical Assisting

St. Johns River State College Medical Assisting Orange Park, Florida

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Updated May 13, 2024

The Medical Assisting Program at SJR State focuses on equipping students with both administrative and clinical skills essential for a career as a Medical Assistant. The program prepares students for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam, leading to a CMA (AAMA) credential recognized by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Key Skills Taught:

  • Administrative Skills: Scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records and accounting, coding, and insurance processing
  • Clinical Skills: Preparing patients for examinations, medication administration, performing basic laboratory tests


  • Eligibility for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam
  • CMA (AAMA) credential upon completion


  • To provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes for students to function effectively as Medical Assistants


  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Program Outcomes:

  • Competence in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  • Legal and ethical practice within the Medical Assistant's scope
  • Valuing individual patient needs and cultural sensitivity
  • Displaying professionalism and effective communication
  • Engaging as team players in healthcare settings

Success Metrics:

  • Programmatic Retention: 90% (2020), 66.67% (2021)
  • Job Placement: 80% (2020), 77.78% (2021)
  • National Certification Exam Passage: 70% (2020), 77.78% (2021)

Tuition: How Much Does St. Johns River State College's Medical Assisting Program Cost?

From St. Johns River State College's website

The Medical Assisting Certificate program at St. Johns River State College has a comprehensive cost structure. The tuition and fees amount to $3,574.72, which covers 1300 clock hours of instruction. Additional costs include a non-refundable college application fee of $30.00, lab/course fees of $215.00, and a criminal background check and drug screen fee of $166.00. Students should also budget for uniforms (estimated at $75.00), physical exams and immunizations (estimated at $450.00), and textbooks (approximately $694.00, depending on whether books are new or used). Liability insurance is included in the lab course fees. The first year total comes to $5,204.72. After completion of the program, there is a post-program cost for the CMA Exam of $125.00. The grand total for the program, including all fees and costs, is $5,329.72.

Program Length: How Long Is St. Johns River State College's Medical Assisting Certificate Program?

The program length for the Medical Assisting program at SJR State is 1300 contact hours.

From St. Johns River State College's website

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About St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College (SJR State) is a public institution of higher education serving Putnam, Clay, and St. Johns counties in Northeast Florida. 

SJR State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is part of the Florida College System.

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