Medical Assisting

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum. You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program. For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.

This program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

For more information on this program, contact the Health Science division at 615-230-3330.

The Medical Assisting Program provides quality didactic and clinical education and instruction for multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties.  Duties of the medical assistant generally include, but are not limited to: recording case histories, vital signs, injections, EKG, lab testing, and assisting the doctor in the setup and performance of minor office surgeries.  This program is pending accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Enrollment Requirements

The Medical Assisting Program has limited enrollment due to size restraints.  Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify for the program's annual selection process and interview in December.  Selected participants begin the program in January.  Not including prerequisite courses, the program is 3 semesters of full-time study including an extensive clinical experience.

To be eligible for the selection process, students must successfully pass required 16.5 hours of prerequisite courses in the fall with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the courses.  (This can be adjusted only by the Program Director if the class is not filled).  Applications will also require a screening interview (scheduled in December) and attendance of an information session.  Applications are accepted September 1st through December 1st.  For more information refer to the Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science Degrees section in the catalog, visit the Medical Assisting Program web site, or contact the program director Christina Nagy,

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at