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.

New Scholarship Opportunity

Are you a student studying Medical Assisting who graduated in 2023? If so, you may be eligible for the Michigan Achievement Skills Scholarship. Learn more.

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

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 2026


Upcoming Medical Assisting Events

Medical Assisting Information Session
May 20, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Virtual Event
Medical Assisting Information Session
June 17, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Virtual Event
Medical Assisting Information Session
August 01, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Virtual Event

See all Medical Assisting events

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


CAAHEP -25400 U.S.
Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350