The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled health professional specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. The Medical Assistant program will prepare entry-level medical assistants to be competent in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) skill sets in the following domain areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Infection Control
  • Applied Communications
  • Administrative Functions
  • Basic Practice Finances
  • Managed Care/Insurance
  • Procedural & Diagnostic Coding
  • Clinical Skills
  • Phlebotomy
  • Ethical Consideration
  • Safety & Emergency

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission to the Medical Assisting Technology program, interested persons should:

  1. Apply to Cisco College.
  2. Send transcripts to Amy Cohen at
  3. Secure Financial Aid.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Medical Assisting.

Classes begin each Fall semester. Applications are accepted starting in May, and acceptance to program is by selection process. Background checks and drug screens are to be completed just prior to your last semester when you sign up for Clinical Practicum. Please check with Program Director, Dawn Chism.

All clinical sites utilized in the program require a background check, drug screen, TB test, immunizations including a flu vaccine, and BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification, before the student can participate in the Clinical Practicum portion of the program. Students must also pass the MAERB Master Skills Checklist prior to entering Practicum. Some core courses transferring from other institutions are considered, but must meet college and MAERB requirements. In addition, be advised that no credit is given for experiential learning for students seeking either a degree or certificate in Medical Assisting Technology.

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Degree Four Semesters
Clinical & Administrative Medical Assistant Level II Certificate Three Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant
    • Clinic Manager
    • Phlebotomist (with additional certification)
    • Urgent Care facility staff

    The certificate medical assisting program at Cisco College has an exam passage rate of 92.86% for the 2019 graduates.

    For Information regarding job outlook and earning potential for Medical Assistants, click here.

  • Salary Information

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  • Certification

    Students who successfully complete the Level II Certificate or Associate Degree are eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam administered by the National Healthcare Association.

Meet the Faculty

Dawn Chism

Director of Medical Assisting
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4745

Curriculum Vitae