The Medical Assisting Program at Wallace Community College has a two-fold purpose. The program seeks to ensure students have opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of medical assisting and also prepare them to successfully sit for the American Association of Medical Assistant Certifying Board examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). AAMA Disciplinary Standards state if a person is found guilty of a felony or has pled guilty to a felony, the individual will be ineligible to sit for the Certification Examination. The certifying board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances. Completion of the Medical Assisting curriculum earns one an associate in applied science degree. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U. S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 38783, (727-210-2350), www.caahep.org, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Accreditation status was reaffirmed in June of 2015 and continues through the spring of 2024. Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program at WCC may also focus on short certificate option in the field of phlebotomy. Completers of the phlebotomy certificate are eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (ASCP) and Registered Phlebotomy Technician (AMT) certification examinations.