Start a new career as a Medical Assistant

Article Posted -- June 22, 2017

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) offers a Medical Assistant program that give prospective students a new career path in the health care field. Certified Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing, competitively paid professions in the U.S.  Each year, more than 7,000 candidates earn the CMA credential (the Gold Standard in medical assisting), and play a vital role within a medical practice.

SCCC has been offering this accredited, ten-month program to the community for almost 20 years. The course runs 910 hours and allows students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks.

SCCC is one of only five programs in New Jersey accredited by CAAHEP, the largest accrediting body for Medical Assistants in the nation. Over the past 5 years, SCCC medical assistant students achieved a 90.77% national exam pass rate (the national average pass rate is 64%), and an 83.65% job placement rate, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment growth of nearly 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. The field is expected to gain 138,900 new jobs during that period, with an unemployment rate of only 3.3%, according to US News.  This is significantly lower than the current national unemployment rate of 4.3%

The next start dates are September or January. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Coordinator, at 973-300-2279 or kquinn@sussex.edu.

Photo: Medical Assistant student at SCCC.