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Medical assistants work specifically in ambulatory (non-hospital) settings, performing administrative and clinical duties. The hours are typically more structured than those for many health care professions, and they rarely include nights or weekends. There’s flexibility in the day to day duties, given the range of skills you’ll have upon completion of the program. The job requires a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills, requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into this exciting profession. Externships with area offices ensures our students are exposed to many forms of patient care. Many of our students are offered jobs at those external sites, but all who want jobs typically get them within just a few months of passing the AAMA certification exam.

Schedule of courses 

Program Accreditation

The Tri-County Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Telephone: 727-210-2350.


Students graduating from the Medical Assisting program at Tri-County Technical College (Pendleton, SC) will be eligible to sit for the national American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exam.

The exam passage rate for the 2019 graduate cohort is 88%.  

Students are not allowed to receive financial remuneration from the ambulatory site for which they are completing practicum requirements.

Medical Assisting program summary

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Career Pathways for Success
Students who are still in high school may consider taking college courses now to get a jumpstart on completing your degree at Tri-County. View a sample pathway here.


Transfer Agreements
For students who wish to continue work toward a four-year degree, we encourage you to work with your advisor on the steps that are best for your plans. Learn more about transfer options here.