Medical Assisting

Offering both a certificate and a degree track, the Medical Assisting program at HCC is designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.


Students in Harford’s Medical Assisting program experience kinesthetic learning that is mixed with web-enhanced courses and learning resources. We offer year-round classes that are small in size and provide flexible scheduling for those who work while going to college. Less on-campus commitment, lower cost, and a 100% graduate and employer satisfaction rate over the past five years* make Harford the perfect choice for those looking to enter the field of Medical Assisting.

All students conclude the program by completing a 160-hour externship where they are placed with a mentor at facilities such as MedStar Health, University of Maryland Health System, Pediatric Partners, Potomac Physicians, and John Hopkins. And, thanks to Harford’s stellar reputation in the medical arena, students often find permanent employment at these same locations.


Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform clinical as well as administrative procedures. They work in doctors’ offices, in hospitals, and in extended care facilities. Many students choose this field as a way to “get their foot in the door” in the field of Nursing and Allied Health. Some students choose to earn their Medical Assisting Certificate, get a job, and then finish classes to earn their associate degree, while others go directly into the credit program. Some earn their certificate and then pursue advanced skills in areas such as IV Therapy. Harford also has an articulation agreement with Towson University guaranteeing acceptance of all 64 credits from the degree program into their bachelor’s program.


In accordance with the 2015 Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting from the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) and the requirements of the accrediting body the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Harford Community College reports that graduates of the Medical Assisting program are satisfied with the education they receive, as there is a 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.

The medical assisting program at Harford Community College has a retention rate of 94.3% for the admission cohorts that entered in 2017, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.

Year = Retention

  • 2018 = 98%
  • 2017 = 94.3%
  • 2016 = 87.2%
  • 2015 = 82.6%
  • 2014 = 93%


As a graduate of the Medical Assisting Associate of Arts degree, you will be eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) national certification or the RMA (ABHES) national certifying exam. These exams are recognized in all 50 states and at all military installations. If you choose to stay close, there are ample opportunities for employment in Harford County. In fact, many local healthcare employers choose to hire only HCC graduates due to the quality of training they have received.

The 2018 median pay for a medical assistant is $33,610 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for medical assistants to increase by 23% from 2018-2028.


Carlotta Lindhorst, Assistant Professor
Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Phone: 443-412-2623

Paige O'Neill, Assistant Professor
Medical Assisting Program Director
Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Phone: 443-412-2738

* The result of assessment outcomes in accordance with the 2015 Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting, Standard V.A.4


The Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the 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

Degree:                                    Medical Assisting Certificate
Initial Accreditation Date:         1/20/2011
Next Accreditation Date:          2028
Status:                                      Continuing

Also see:

Harford Community College Accreditation