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Campus News

March 23, 2021

Students complete Certified Medical Administrative Assistant program at GC


Seated (left to right): Anna Santoro (Oakland), Brianna Jones (Oakland), Stacy Hauser (Oakland), Allie Bogie (Lonaconing), Amy Gnegy (Oakland). Standing (left to right): Instructor Lindaly Stewart, Rachel Duggan (Swanton), Emma Harsh (Mt. Lake Park), Samantha Smith (Crespatown), Brandi Welsh (Oakland).

Missing from photo: Rebecca Younkin (Friendsville).

Garrett College just completed another Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) course. This course includes four separate courses totaling 147 hours in the classroom and is offered through Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Following the classroom portion, students are required to complete an externship of 40 hours, working alongside medical assistants in a clinical setting.

After completion of the externship, the student is eligible to earn national certification through the National Healthcareer Association by sitting for the Certified Medical Administrate Assistant (CMAA) exam.

“We are very thankful for the dedication of the instructors and students over the recent months. This class started in the middle of the pandemic and had to be very flexible with multiple schedule changes and adding online learning” said Doug Beitzel, Program Coordinator.

Certified Medical Administrate Assistants play a critical role in keeping the healthcare office running efficiently and effectively. This is a highly-rewarding profession and medical assistants are often the first to greet and help patient, and can help set the stage for a patient’s experience.

Orientation dates will soon open for the fall program and registrations are currently being accepted with limited seats available.

The next class will begin on September 2nd and will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center located in Accident.

For additional information about the course or to register, persons may contact Doug Beitzel, program coordinator, at 301-387-3772 or