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Contact: Michele Tertel, Program Manager • • 301.624.2845 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Michele Tertel, Program Manager
301.624.2845

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree – Daytime Fall Cohort The Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree Program is designed to prepare students for work in a variety of health sectors. Students are prepared to serve as entry-level assistants who perform administrative and clinical procedures in doctors' offices, insurance offices, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, etc.

Admission is restricted to students who have maintained a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses. Students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all courses (excluding General Education courses) to graduate from the program.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. 

General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 109 Medical Terminology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 209 Pharmacology for Medical Office Practice   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 112 Medical/Administrative Office Applications or MEDA 115 Phlebotomy Skills   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement MEDA 222 Introduction to Federal Healthcare Programs and Laws   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Social Science Gen Ed   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Fall)

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 101 Foundations of Medical Assisting I*   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 102 Foundations of Medical Assisting II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 220 Electronic Health Records   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement BMGT 120 Business Communications   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Departmental Requirement MEDA 104 Medical Assisting Clinical I   1 Credit

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement MEDA 201 Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MDA 202 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 204 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 216 Medical Coding Basics   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 218 Insurance Billing and Reimbursement   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students must meet with the program manager to enroll in MDA 101

Skills Needed
  • Desire to work with people
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent oral, written and telephone skills
  • Ability to adapt to all types of situations
  • Computer skills

2019-2020 Fall Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Spring Curriculum Pathway


*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2018-2019 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree – Evening Spring Cohort The Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree Program is designed to prepare students for work in a variety of health sectors. Students are prepared to serve as entry-level assistants who perform administrative and clinical procedures in doctors' offices, insurance offices, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, etc.

Admission is restricted to students who have maintained a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses. Students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all courses (excluding General Education courses) to graduate from the program.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. 

General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.  

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 109 Medical Terminology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 209 Pharmacology for Medical Office Practice   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement CIMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 112 Medical/Administrative Office Applications or MEDA 115 Phlebotomy Skills   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 101 Foundations of Medical Assisting I*   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 102 Foundations of Medical Assisting II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 220 Electronic Health Records   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement BMGT 120 Business Communications   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

Departmental Requirement MEDA 104 Medical Assisting Practicum   1 Credit
Departmental Requirement MEDA 201 Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Departmental Requirement MEDA 202 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 204 Medical Assisting Clinical II   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 216 Medical Coding Basics   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 218 Insurance Billing and Reimbursement   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement MEDA 222 Introduction to Federal Healthcare Programs and Laws   3 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Gen Ed Core Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Social Science Gen Ed   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students must meet with the program manager to enroll in MDA 101

Skills Needed
  • Desire to work with people
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent oral, written and telephone skills
  • Ability to adapt to all types of situations
  • Computer skills
2019-2020 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2018-2019 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Medical Assistant Certificate - Evening Spring Cohort The Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares students in administrative and clinical medical procedures and provides a foundation in the principles and practices of asepsis, initial patient contact, patient care responsibilities, and patient education. The program includes courses in electronic health records, pharmacology, insurance and billing, business communication, and clinical practicums. Students are engaged in classroom, hands-on, and clinical learning environments.

Clinical duties include collecting and performing various laboratory tests, administering medications, and performing diagnostic procedures such as EKGs. Courses in medical software applications and medical administrative and clinical internships are included in this certificate.

The Medical Assistant Certificate can be completed in about a year at a cost of approximately $5,500. The program is eligible for federal and local financial aid assistance.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

MEDA 112 or MEDA 115 Medical/Administrative Office Applications or Phlebotomy Skills   3 Credits
MEDA 109 Medical Terminology   3 Credits
CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology   3 Credits
MEDA 101 Foundations of Medical Assisting I   3 Credits
MEDA 102 Foundations of Medical Assisting II   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Jan Term)

MEDA 140 Medical Assisting Clinical I   1 Credit
MEDA 201 Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Spring)

MEDA 202 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills   3 Credits
MEDA 204 Medical Assisting Practicum   2 Credits
MEDA 209 Pharmacology for Medical Office Practice   3 Credits
MEDA 220 Electronic Health Records   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Students who successfully complete the Medical Assistant Certificate may choose to pursue a degree through the Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree Program. Additional coursework is required.

Skills You Need:
  • Desire to work with people
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent oral, written, and telephone skills
  • Ability to adapt to all types of situations
  • Computer skills

Learning Outcomes:
  • To produce graduates eligible to take and pass nationally recognized certification examination. 
  • To facilitate and foster the values necessary to practice medical assisting skills within the ethical and legal framework of the profession and the community. 
  • To produce students who exhibit professional behavior consistent with current academic and professional standards. 
  • To help students acquire and strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. 
  • To assist students in performing all necessary duties in a safe environment utilizing all the latest techniques in physician offices, including hazardous materials. 
  • To develop positive student attitudes for the pursuit of lifelong professional growth and development. 
  • To develop and maintain educational partnerships with business, labor, and public sector agencies. 
  • To promote a student-centered learning environment where students know faculty and staff are accessible and supportive of their individual needs. 

2019-2020 Evening Spring Cohort Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Fall Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2018-2019 Spring Cohort Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway 

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment   Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Medical Scribe Letter of Recognition The Medical Scribe Letter of Recognition introduces students to medical information management. The medical scribe specializes in charting physician-patient encounters in real-time during medical exams in a clinic, physician office, urgent care, or emergency room.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

MEDA 109 Medical Terminology   3 Credits
CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology*   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

MEDA 112 Medical Administrative Office Applications   3 Credits
MEDA 220 Introduction to Electronic Health Records   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
 * This course must be completed prior to enrolling in MDA 220

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Healthcare & Wellness Career Training. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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Medical Assistants
$31,540.00/yr • +23%*
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Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
$38,040.00/yr • +13%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall(J200) • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • 301.846.2620