Medical Assistant

Why a Medical Assistant Degree at Cochise?

The Medical Assistant Certificate provides training for entry-level employment in a medical practice setting, with concentrations on the routine administrative and clinical tasks required in the day-to-day operation of offices and clinics of health professionals. It introduces students to telephone techniques and other front office functions such as filing and coding insurance claims, scheduling patients, and keeping electronic medical records. It also introduces them to back office skills that include taking vital signs, assisting with electrocardiograms and other special procedures, using medical terminology, and administering medication. The certificate’s externship course offers practical experience in a medical office setting. Prior to certificate completion, students take the Medical Assistant certification examination to meet the national  requirements as a Certified Medical Assistant.

Medical Assistant Coordinator
Nickola Dannels, RN

Office Assistant | Karolyn Garcia
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Cochise Medical Assistant Program

2 Semesters, Including 180 hours of externship experience

Certificate  21


Prior to acceptance:

  • Complete Medical Assistant Application (PDF)
  • Meet with a program advisor
  • Be 18 years of age upon completion of course
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Tuberculin skin test (TB or negative chest x-ray)
  • Hepatitis B Series
  • Obtain appropriate uniform (prior to HLT 140)

Prerequisite Requirements Minimum grade of “C” is required:

  • BIO 160 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HLT 101 Medical Terminology

Employment Outlook & Class Schedule

This program prepares you for direct employment as a medical assistant, and employment is found in physicians’ offices and other healthcare settings. After gaining work experience, students may take an exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant and may also pursue training and registration in related fields. Medical Assistants earn an average of $10 to $15 an hour for an average salary of $18,000 to $32,000 a year.

The classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the working adult.

  • Classes meet two days a week at the Downtown Center in Sierra Vista


Total cost for 2 semesters

Approximate Program Cost* $3090
Tuition (27 x $85/credit) $2295
Lab Fee( HLT 139 $150 and HLT 140 $150) $300
Liability Insurance $40
HESI Testing Fee (HLT 139 & HLT 140) $120
Prep for National Healthcareer practice exam $75
National Healthcareer Association Certification Exam $185
National Healthcareer Association Practice Exam $75
Drug Screen $65
Stethoscope and Blood Pressure Cuff $50
Uniform Prices may vary
Fingerprint clearance card $65
Books $160
CPR and First Aid (1 Credit) $127

All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
* Out of pocket costs include books, uniforms, fingerprint clearance card, and watch with second hand.