Nursing and Allied Health


Johanna Armstrong, MSEd, RN, CMA (AAMA), PBT (ASCP)
716-614-6222 x4842

Medical Assistant, A.A.S.


Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically educated to work in an ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. Medical Assistants support physician and nurse providers in a wide range of duties and are employed in varied healthcare settings examples include, private physician offices, large medical practices, clinics, urgent care centers and, other settings dedicated to providing ambulatory healthcare services.   

Students in the Medical Assistant Program are crossed trained to be entry-level prepared in administrative and clinical knowledge, skills, and behaviors relevant to the requirements of the profession. In their last semester of the program, advancing Medical Assistant students, complete an unpaid, supervised, 160-hour practicum in an ambulatory healthcare setting. Successful graduates of the program are eligible to apply for national certification exam [CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and/or NCMA (NCCT)].

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Graduate quality entry-level professionals into the field of Medical Assistant.
  2. Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  3. Prepare students to sit for a nationally recognized Medical Assistant exam and become a certified medical assistant per accreditation standards.

Annual Outcomes Reporting

2018 MAERB Annual Report Form (ARF)

Submitted to MAERB: 2/22/2019

Outcome Year 2016
Retention Rate 55.56%
Job Placement Rate 90.00%
National Certification Exam Passage Rate 84.62%

Medical Assistant Catalog Information

NYS Department Of Labor (DOL) Long-Term Projections
Expected Growth of Occupations1

NYS DOL Long-Term Industry Projections estimates Ambulatory Health Care Service Industry Employment will increase in NYS by 39.1% and in WNY by 24.3% by 2024.2

NYS DOL Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections, 2012 – 20223
  NY State Western NY
2016 Annual Wage, Entry-Level MA $26,310 $26,790
Employment Change 23.7% 18.7%
NYS Employment Prospective Very Favorable Very Favorable

1Data Gathered from 4/26/2017 from NYS DOL Employment Projections 4/26/2017 from NYS DOL Employment Projections


Medical Assistants students work closely with an outside healthcare agency that needs assistance to improve the quality of client activities and or another project. For the past few years we have used an assisted living facility in Ransomville and raised monies for gym equipment, and last year we raised enough money for a pool table, that has enhance their activities.

The Niagara County Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway, 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350