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Medical Assisting Program Receives CAAHEP Accreditation

BOLIVIA, NC – Brunswick Community College’s Associate in Applied Science Medical Assisting Degree Program has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( making it the only accredited medical assisting program in the NC Community College System within a 100 mile radius.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-six (26) health science occupations. (Source: CAAHEP)

“CAAHEP accreditation also increases career opportunities for graduates from this program,” adds Joyce Burns Thomas, Medical Assisting Program Director. “Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exam in order to wear the prestigious CMA credential. In my experience over the years, the CMA (AAMA) credential has been the preferred credential among the physicians’ offices who hire our graduates.” Vice President Dr. Lois Smith adds, “This particular certification is often required by employers when our graduates enter the workforce.”

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care; scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations. CAAHEP accreditation assures employers that BCC grads have sound knowledge and skills-based competencies that are ethically bound.

To learn more about the Medical Assisting Program at BCC, please contact Joyce Burns Thomas CMA (AAMA) at 910.755.6537 or

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