Registered Medical Assistant

The Registered Medical Assistant, (RMA),course is a comprehensive, two-part training program preparing students to enter the health care work force.

  • Part 1 of the program consists of 360 hours of classroom, computer-based, and laboratory instructional time learning the basic clinical and administrative skills necessary to work as a RMA in ambulatory patient care settings.
  • Part 2 of the program builds on the foundations of Part 1 for an additional 200 hours of instructional time to learn more complex office skills and medical assisting procedures, and 160 hours of hands-on clinical experience in local medical offices and/or clinics.The final 30 hours of the instructional time, completed after the clinical experience, will focus on employment strategies, resume’ building, and review for credentialing exams. Total hours to complete the entire program: 720.

Prerequisite Information:
Part 1: A National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is required at a Silver level or higher with Workplace Observation and PSA required, in addition to a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Special consideration for entrance into the program may be given to those students who hold degrees or certificates however final approval will be determined by the Director of Healthcare Programs and the Vice President of Continuing Education. For more information about the Career Readiness Certificate classes, please click on the link under Workforce Programs and Human Resources Development.

Part 2: Successful completion of Part 1.

Cost of Class:
Registration Fee:$180.00
Malpractice Insurance Fee:$13.00
Accidental Insurance Fee:$1.25
Total Due at time of registration:$194.25

Additional Class Costs:
Textbook: Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Procedures with Anatomy and Physiology, 6th Edition
Workbook/Study Guide: Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Procedures with Anatomy and Physiology, 6th Edition
Medical Terminology Book:Medical Terminology:Immerse Yourself, 4th Edition
Optional: Pharmacology Handbook: 2017 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses
Dual-Head Stethoscope:$20.00-$40.00
Watch with Second Hand:$5.00-$20.00
Three ring Binder Notebook: 1 inch Binder (2) or 2 inch Binder (1)
Notebook Paper
Part 2 Only: Phlebotomy Kit, TBA
Clinical Uniforms (2):$35.00 each.
White Lab Warm-Up Jacket (1):$18.00-$25.00
Closed-Toe Shoes (1 pair): $20.00 & up
Background Check Fee:Varies depending on the clinical site requirement
Drug Testing Fee:Varies depending on the clinical site requirement. Cost is student's responsibility.
Current Immunizations:Cost varies per student
Negative 2-Step TB Skin Test prior to clinical placement:$15.00-$30.00
Campus Bookstore is located in Building 5. Books and prices are subject to change without notice.

Post RMA Completion:
While there are a number of credentialing exam choices available to medical assistants, the BCCC RMA course is formatted within the guidelines recommended by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) credentialing agency.Medical Assistants that pass the AMT certification exam (accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies), are certified as Registered Medical Assistants. The current cost of the AMT certification exam is: $100.00.

To maintain certification status, RMAs are required to pay a yearly renewal fee of $50.00 to AMT, complete 30 points of continuing education every 3 years, and abide by the AMT Standards of Practice.

After completing the RMA course and passing the certification exam, students are eligible to apply for employment in a variety of healthcare settings. These settings include but are not limited to: clinics, home health agencies, physician’s offices, and health care insurance companies.

Class Schedule:
The next RMA Classes Part 1 will be offered August 2017.


For more information, please contact:
Jackie Butcher
Director of Healthcare Programs
Beaufort County Community College, Building 8, Room 810
Phone: 252-940-6263