Medical Assistant, A.A.S.


Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. Medical Assistants support physicians and nurse providers in a wide range of duties and are employed in varied healthcare settings examples include, private physician offices, large medical practices, clinics, urgent care centers and, other settings dedicated to providing ambulatory healthcare services.

Students in the Medical Assistant degree program are crossed trained to be entry-level prepared in administrative and clinical knowledge, skills, and behaviors relevant to the requirements of the profession. In their last semester of the program, advancing Medical Assistant students, complete an unpaid, supervised, 160-hour practicum in an ambulatory healthcare setting. Successful graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the national certification exam [CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and/or NCMA (NCCT)].

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Graduate quality entry-level professionals into the field of Medical Assistant.
  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Prepare students to sit for a nationally recognized Medical Assistant exam and become a certified medical assistant per accreditation standards.

Student Spotlight

Nidhi Garapati ‘19

The Medical Assistant program offers the ability to do a clinical placement at an office and get the hands-on experience which ended up leading to a job opportunity for me once I graduated. I chose Niagara County Community College (NCCC) for the smaller class sizes and the ability to have a one-on-one experience with each of my teachers. The faculty is very understanding and will work with your circumstances, and I truly believe that they want you to succeed. My goal is to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness in the fall of 2020 and work on helping people in the community have a better, healthier lifestyle.

Nidhi Garapati

Annual Outcomes Reporting

2019 MAERB Annual Report Form (ARF)
Submitted to MAERB: 2/21/2020
OutcomeYear 2018
Job Placement Rate88.89%
OutcomeYear 2017
Retention Rate60.00%
National Certification Exam Passage Rate83.33%

NYS Department Of Labor (DOL) Long-Term Projections

Expected Growth of Occupations1

NYS DOL Long-Term Industry Projections estimates Ambulatory Health Care Service Industry Employment will increase in NYS by 39.1% and in WNY by 24.3% by 2024.2

NYS DOL Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections, 2012 – 20223
 NY StateWestern NY
2016 Annual Wage, Entry-Level MA$26,310 $26,790
Employment Change23.7%18.7%
NYS Employment ProspectiveVery FavorableVery Favorable

1 Data Gathered from 2 Retrieved 4/26/2017 from NYS DOL Employment Projections 3 Retrieved 4/26/2017 from NYS DOL Employment Projections


The Niagara County Community College Medical Assistant 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