Course of Study

Program Length: 400 hours

For those preparing for both certifications, students must attend the BOCES Medical Assisting program for a total of 400 hours. Any hours missed above 30/semester must be made up at a prorated charge.

Daytime Classes

Students study full-time days. Complete in as few as four months. Classes meet Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm at Wilson Tech’s Northport campus.

Clinical: Daytime clinical experience provided in local medical offices and clinics. Hours vary depending on the facility.


Introduction to Health Care
Infection Control
Life Sciences
Administrative Office Techniques
Clinical Assisting
Medical Laboratory Skills
Basic Blood Banking
Clinical Internship Hematology
Employment & Beyond


Advanced Urology Centers of NY
Bellmore Pediatrics
Centerport Family Medicine
Dix Hills Medical Associates
Dolan Family Health Center
Huntington Medical Group
Island Medicine
Medicenter–Huntington, Northport & Massapequa
North Shore Medical Group
Nu Image Medical Associates
South Shore Medical Associates
STAT Health–Bayshore, Plainview, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, Smithtown

Satisfactory Academic Performance

Western Suffolk BOCES wants all students to succeed in the programs it offers. To earn a certificate of completion, BOCES has established the following criteria for both attendance and academic progress that students must meet in the program for Medical Assisting.

Completion Policy
Criteria for successful completion of the program are:

  • Academic: A minimum grade of 80% must be maintained in each module.
  • Clinical: A student must achieve a “Pass” grade on each clinical evaluation. This is determined by achievement of a score of 80%. A student who achieves an unsatisfactory grade for an evaluation will not be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and will be dismissed from the program.
Leave of Absence (withdrawal with advanced standing)
Student may apply for readmission with advanced standing for modules completed if a minimum grade of 85% has been achieved. Matriculation must occur with the next available class offering. Student must submit a written request for re-admittance and an interview will be scheduled by the Health Office. The Principal of Health Careers will make the final decision regarding approval/denial of readmission.

If a student does not complete the clinical externship, he/she may apply to make up the externship by submitting a written request to the Principal. Granting/Denying the request is at the discretion of the Instructor and the Principal of Health Careers. There is a $500 additional fee for clinical make up time.

Students withdrawing from the program must submit a letter to the Principal. Upon receipt of a letter, a change of status will be instituted. A refund will be awarded according to the established refund policy.
Advanced standing may be granted to any Practical Nursing or Surgical Technology student who has completed Human Body in Health and Disease Part 1 and 2.
Program Transfer
Advanced standing may be granted to any Practical Nursing or Surgical Technology student who has completed Human Body in Health and Disease Part 1 and 2.
Attendance and punctuality are of the utmost importance and are considered to be an integral part of performance. Students are expected to be present for all scheduled classes. Students are responsible for all material discussed in class as well as assignments given.

The maximum of 5 classroom absences and one clinical absence is permitted.


Joann Howell, CMA, BS, Instructor
Rosemary Nagler, RN, BS, MSNed, Assistant Principal
Cheryl Bruckner, Bursar, (631) 261-3600 x275
Diana Lang, Financial Aid, (631) 261-3600 x214

Advance Your Career with More Health Programs

Western Suffolk BOCES also offers four other full-time health programs. Medical assistants can advance their careers through BOCES’ Schools of Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography as well as its Nurse Assisting program.

Other BOCES Services

Student counseling through the Career Center.
Child care facility is open to eligible students.
Classes are available to help students prepare for the TASC, high school equivalency examination (formerly GED®), or earn your high school diploma.