Medical Assisting






Rachel Bradshaw,
Coordinator, Medical Assisting
(828) 448-3501

Vicki Shuping,
(828) 448-3172


Jim Burnett Hall [map]

Student Handbook

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A Career as a Skilled Professional in the Healthcare Field!

Medical Assisting StudentsMedical Assistants are at the very heart of healthcare and function as a vital part of the healthcare team. The Medical Assisting program will prepare you to be a multi-skilled healthcare professional who is qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. Coursework includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/ legal issues associated with patient care.


So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and/or a Diploma in Medical Assisting at WPPC, you will be prepared for jobs in:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • General and surgical hospitals
  • Private and state facilities
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Private and public educational services

Why choose Western Piedmont Community College for medical assisting training?

The WPCC Medical Assisting program was started in 1969 and was the first accredited program in the state of North Carolina. Graduates of the diploma and/or degree are eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Successful completion of this examination results in the professional credential- CMA (AAMA). Each year the WPCC Medical Assisting graduates score consistently higher on the certification exam than the national average.

  • The Medical Assisting Program at Western Piedmont Community College has a job placement rate of 80% for the graduate cohort in 2020. 
  • Employer and graduate satisfaction rates were 100% for the graduate cohort in 2020.


Clay Richardson Medical Assisting Scholarship

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The WPCC Medical Assisting Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street N., #7709
Seminole, FL 33775-7709

Program Minimum Expectation Requirements
To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession

About the Program

Here is Medical Assisting Instructor Rachel Bradshaw with an overview of this program.



What You Will Study

The Medical Assisting program at WPCC offers you two options:

Associate in Applied Science

WPCC’s two-year program has 68 hours of coursework that focus on learning best practices in medical assisting.

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Medical Assisting Diploma

Here is WPCC’s 47 hour diploma program that focuses on the basic principles of medical assisting.


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