Academic Programs / Medical Assistant



General Information

Highland’s Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (Maerb).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763


Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learner Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Courses are transferrable for those students looking to continue their education and training in the future.

Highland tuition and fees are as much as one-third that of other regional providers. Current tuition, fees, books and requirements for clinical experience is approximately $9,500 — a real bargain in today's high-priced environment.

Upon graduation students are eligible to take the Medical Assistance Certification exam. The pass rate of HCC medical assistant graduates taking the CMA examination is 92%, while the nation-wide pass rate is 67.5 %.

With a job placement rate of 100% for our 2012 graduates, your chances of landing employment in the medical assistant field are strong.

Admissions Information Fall 2016: Deadline May 1, 2016

Admission Checklist

Admissions Criteria

Information Sessions

Information about the Kaplan testing dates can be found here.

Click on a Major to view printable requirements page.

Medical Assistant - AAS

Associate of Applied Science

Medical Assistant

Demand for medical assistants is expected to far exceed supply in the next few years. In fact, locally, there is already a shortage of these workers, as reported by local human resource executives. These workers are highly desirable in clinic settings, with multiple technical skills which provide flexibility to clinical managers and frees up nursing staff for higher level activities. Statewide projections are also dramatically good for this occupational group, with most employment occurring in physician’s offices, hospitals, and offices of other health care providers (nurse practitioners, etc.).

Our Medical Assistant Faculty and Staff:
Donna Kauke, NNP-BC, MSN, RN, Dean Health, Natural Science, and Math, 815.599.3688

Alicia Kepner, CMA, Medical Assistant Faculty, 815.599.3626
Heather Moore, Medical Assistant Program Student Advisor, 815.599.3483
Lori Scibona, CMA, (AAMA), Nursing Faculty, 815.599.3682

Scholarship Opportunities:

View all of our scholarships here.

2016 Medical Assistant Students