Clinical Medical Assistant Course Begins Sept. 12

August 29, 2023 sdawkins Blog

Medic talking to female patient while assistant writing in tablet

Jefferson State continues to offer work-based learning opportunities, including an upcoming Clinical Medical Assistant course that begins Sept. 12.

The course will be the latest JSCC offering that provides students with hands-on workplace skills prior to entering the field.

“Jefferson State is excited to offer this program in St. Clair County to provide essential training in the healthcare field,” Center for Workforce Education Coordinator of Career Programs Britney McClung said. “It is important for us to provide a skilled workforce to our healthcare partners in this region, and this program is an excellent entry-level opportunity for those wanting to go into healthcare. Many of our students go on to work with our healthcare partners and then continue their education by applying to our nursing program.”

Classes will take place from Sept. 21 through March 21, 2024, at the St. Clair-Pell City Campus in a hybrid format. Classes will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Click here for more information, and click here to register. Contact Career Coach Deborah Foster at [email protected] or (205) 856-7710 if you have any questions.

“Our college is responding to the high demand in St. Clair County for medical assistants, including roles available with our partners with Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Clair, Complete Health, American Family Care, Urgent Care, and more,” said Leah Bigbee, Dean of Workforce Education.

Clinical Medical Assistants serve an integral function to keep the office of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. Clinical Medical Assistants maybe called upon to perform direct medical duties under the supervision of a physician such as: collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-trays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.

There are several scholarship opportunities for those interested in the course:

Career Pathways

Career Pathways allows qualifying students to benefit from activities related to workplace readiness, academic and career counseling, and academic preparation while enrolling in selected Non-Credit Fast Track programs.

Adult Education students

Tuition assistance may be available for Adult Education students to assist with registration.

Jeremiah’s Hope

The Jeremiah’s Hope program provides scholarships to students seeking workforce training in high-need essential healthcare fields. To learn more about these training opportunities, contact Angela Payne, Career Coach, at [email protected] or (205) 856-8040.


Local Alabama Career Centers provide WIOA (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act) scholarship opportunities to qualifying students for some workforce training programs. Eligibility is based on various factors, including income. Contact the Birmingham Career Center at 205-582-5200 or Ken King at Jefferson State’s Career Center at 205-856-8029 or [email protected].