March 2019

SJR State begins medical assisting program, applications available May 1

St. Johns River State College (SJR State) will introduce a Medical Assisting career and technical certificate program this fall. This limited-access program will provide an educational experience for students to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for entry-level positions as a medical assistant in a variety of healthcare settings, such as acute care hospitals, outpatient, ambulatory care facilities, medical offices and clinics.

“We are excited to expand our program offerings in Allied Health to include a Medical Assisting program,” said Anna Lebesch, vice president for workforce development. “This is a wonderful opportunity that will be a lifetime career for some and a step in a longer pathway for others. Regardless, this field provides meaningful personal fulfillment and support to patients and our medical community,” said Lebesch.

Students in the Medical Assisting program will be prepared to perform administrative and clinical duties, including, but not limited to phlebotomy (drawing blood), electrocardiograph aide, taking vital signs and medical billing and records. Graduates will be expected to display professionalism and cultural sensitivity while interacting and communicating with providers, staff and patients.

The program length is 3 semesters with 1,300 hours of medical assisting courses. Classes will be offered in Palatka. Clinical experiences will be selected within and around the tri-county service areas of SJR State.

Applications will be available between May 1 and June 15.

For additional information, visit or call the Allied Health department at (904) 808-7465.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020