The Harvard Institute of Health Sciences


Program Length: 7-10 Months | Clock Hours: 720 | Credential Issued: Certification


The Medical Assistant program prepares individuals to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties, including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, first aid and the administration of medications. Also, it includes instruction in following: basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures. The student will be eligible to take the certification examinations from NHA and become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and/or a Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA).

Program Objectives:

The program intends to educate the student to be proficient in the following occupational tasks and responsibilities required of a medical assistant:

  • Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians’ instructions to patients.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.
Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language;
  • Be a minimum of 17.5 years of age; or, if under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the enrollment application. Additionally, the applicant must turn 18 prior to entering externship;
  • Interview with counselor;
  • Complete the application and pay the $ 100.00 application fee;
  • Provide the minimum refundable down payment fee of $500 to hold your sit;
  • Provide the nonrefundable registration fee of $150 to hold your sit;
  • Proof of High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) or higher College Degree from an accredited school in the United States;
  • Foreign country high school diploma or higher college degree (must be in English or translated into English);
  • Must be AHA CPR/BLS certified;
  • Submit health standards documentation before clinical skills;
  • Complete a general physical exam and immunization – physical exam and all immunizations are due prior to clinicals, if required;
  • Take the TABE exam if not exempt from TABE testing.

  1. In Florida:
  • Workers on average earn $36,930.
  • 10% of workers earn $30,570 or less.
  • 10% of workers earn $45,460 or more.
  1. In the United States:
  • Workers on average earn $38,270.
  • 10% of workers earn $30,390 or less.
  • 10% of workers earn $51,710 or more.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022:

Course Schedule Options

    1. Mornings: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM for 7.5 months
    2. Evenings: Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 10 PM for 7.5 months
    3. Weekends: Fri – Sat, 9 AM – 3 PM for 10 months OR Sat., 9 AM – 3 PM for 18 months

*Note: Classes scheduled on holidays will be made up in other regularly scheduled classes unless otherwise noted on individual course syllabi. The calendar dates are subject to change.

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Course Start Dates

September 2023 – September 2024

Sep. 25

Nov. 06

Jan. 22

May. 20

Sep. 16