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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. Tri-County Technical College's medical assisting program is well known to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

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 medical assisting program at Tri-County Technical College has a five-year average for the exam passage rate for the years 2018-2022 of 95%.

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

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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.


Occupational RisksMedical Assisting is a profession with many rewards, as practitioners can perform both administrative and clinical services, filling several roles in a variety of healthcare environments.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly outlines that it is a growth field, with an anticipated 18% growth from 2020 to 2030.  Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patients, with the goal of providing healthcare and ensuring patient safety. It is a position with a great deal of responsibility. 
As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant, and those hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
  • Chemical and drug exposure
  • Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks (i.e. back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle sprains/strains)
  • Latex allergies
  • Stress

Please reach out to Mrs. McClain for any concerns you may have regarding occupational risks.