Medical Assistant Technology

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals with a strong background in basic patient care and assessment; medical laboratory procedures including performing routine blood and urine analysis; appropriate emergency medical care procedures; problem-solving skills; effective teamwork, oral and written communication skills; and proper medical office administrative procedures for managing medical records, medical transcription, and medical insurance billing.

  • Delivery: Day and Night Classes; Traditional and Hybrid Classes
  • Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time
  • Location: Nursing and Allied Health Campus

Information Sessions

Prospective students are required to attend an information session or individual advising to learn about the program prior to submission of the program application.

March 1, 2018 - 10am to 11am, NAHC 2-420
March 7, 2018 - 12pm to 1pm, NAHC  4-406 
March 20, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420
March 28, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420
April 2, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420
April 9, 2018 - 10am to 11am, NAHC 4-426
April 18, 2018 - 12pm to 1pm, NAHC 2-420
April 24, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420
May 2, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420
May 7, 2018 - 2pm to 3pm, NAHC 2-420

ROOM 2.416
South Texas College Nursing & Allied Health Campus
1101 E. Vermont, McAllen, TX 78503

Individual advising available by appointment. Please call 956-872-3002 or email Abigail Rodriguez to make an appointment.

Work Environment

Medical Assistants work in a variety of medical centers including blood banks, cancer centers, surgical centers, hospitals, medical laboratories, medical offices and specialty clinics. Some MAs are eligible to work in school districts alongside the school nurse.

Potential Job Titles

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • ECG Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Educator

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $14.71/hour (Source)

Program Application /Admission Requirements

Program applications are available from Medical Assisting faculty and will be discussed and completed during advisement prior to registration. Please contact the Program office at (956) 872-3018 for additional information or appointment with program faculty.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  2. Have a High School diploma or GED.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed through STC.
  4. Satisfy program specific requirements for clinical practice.
  5. Submit a completed Medical Assistant Technology program application.
  6. Participate in individual student advisement with Medical Assistant Technology faculty prior to application.
  7. Degree option: Be TSI Complete or TSI Exempt via State approved exam scores.
  8. Level 2 Certificate option: Pass college placement test with minimum scores or complete developmental classes with a grade of "C" or better for course placement as follows:
    • Completion of READ 0200 or INRW 0304 or equivalent.
    • Completion of ENGL 0200 or INRW 0304 or equivalent.
    • Completion of MATH 0200 or equivalent.

Program Selection Process

Students accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until maximum class size reached. A waiting list for the next available class is established if more applications are received that can be accommodated.

Degree Plans Faculty Staff

Name E-mail Phone Location
Rodriguez, Abigail A. - Program Chair aarod 956-872-3002 NAHC 2.330
Gauna, Melissa mgauna_4036 956-872-3159 NAHC 2.310
Singleterry, Laura lsingleterry 956-872-3024 NAHC 2.336

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Resendiz, Alicia - Faculty Secretary aresen10 956-872-3049 NAHC 131