Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Become a frontline provider of patient care by becoming a Medical Assistant. You will work alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff to ensure patients receive the care they need and medical facilities operate smoothly.

Medical Assisting is a rewarding career if you want to help others. It also can be a great stepping stone to careers in nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy and surgical technology.

Medical Assisting Career Built for You

Medical assistants are in high demand and work in physician offices, outpatient clinics, laboratories and hospitals. They perform both clinical and administrative duties including:

  • Taking medical history
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Performing in-office laboratory tests
  • Drawing blood
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
Job Market Outlook

OCC's Medical Assisting Program (MDA) includes numerous program options, such as the Medical Assisting Certificate program. Or earn a Certificate of Achievement in: 

  • Office Administration
  • Medical Office Insurance Billing/Coding
  • Phlebotomy

After completing the Medical Assisting Certificate program, students can sit for any national certification, including the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam. 

Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Program Options


You can receive free tuition and a full-time job working as a medical assistant through OCC’s apprenticeship programs with Henry Ford Health System and Integrated Healthcare Association,  MiWorks will assist you with additional expenses like textbooks, scrubs and stethoscopes.
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Take the Next Steps

  • Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application. Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form.
  • On the application select one of the certificate programs Medical Assisting information
  • Register for MDA1103 Medical Terminology and MDA1350 Medical Law/Ethics.
  • Attend an information session held monthly on the third Monday at 4 pm. Registration is required. 
  • Make an appointment with a counselor to discuss degree plan.

Beginning Fall 2024

with the exception of our Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting and Nursing programs,  classes will be moved from the Highland Lakes Campus to the College’s four other campuses and online. The Highland Lakes campus will be closing beginning in Fall 2025

Information Sessions

To register for any of the dates listed below, use the Register Online button.

  • Monday, August 21, 2023 | 4pm
  • Monday, September  18, 2023 | 4pm
  • Monday, October 16, 2023 | 4pm
  • Monday, November 13, 2023 | 4pm
  • Monday, December 11, 2023 | 4pm

Register Online

Program Highlights

Contact Information

Alissa Donkerbrook
Program Coordinator

Phone: 248.942.3068

Sandra Cohorst
Practicum Coordinator
Phone: 248.942.3089

Medical Assisting Department
Phone: 248.942.3069

Program Location
Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Rd
Waterford, MI 48327-4187


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Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350