Medical Assistant Requirements

1-Year Diploma Program - 41 Credits

Full-Time Day Option    Part-Time Evening Option   Huron, S.D.

Admission Criteria  Technology Requirements  Additional PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Medical Assistant Full-Time Day Option

Medical Assistant (Day), Diploma

Medical Assistant Part-Time Evening Option

Medical Assistant Part-time (Evening), Diploma
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Huron, S.D., Option

Medical Assistant (Huron), Diploma

Admission Criteria

Two of the following: 
  • ACT: 18
  • SAT: 960
  • HS GPA: 2.5
  • GED: 580
  • College GPA: 2.0
  • Professional Discretion
Students not meeting two of the above criteria are required to take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER:
  • Arithmetic: 217
  • Writing: 255

Additional Program Requirements

Background Check and Drug Screen 

Completion of a background check and drug screen are required before program classes start.



This program requires additional immunizations. Please refer to the Healthcare Programs Handbook for additional details.

Many of the Southeast Technical College health programs require students to complete clinical or preceptor hours working at an approved medical facility (the “Facility”) under the direction of either a Southeast Technical College faculty member or licensed medical staff of the Facility.  The Facilities are all independent institutions. Each Facility establishes the requirements for students to participate in either a clinical or a preceptor rotation at the Facility.  To provide clinical/preceptor opportunities for students, Southeast Technical College must comply with the Facilities' requirements and provide proof of adherence to Facility requirements.

Facilities require students to obtain certain vaccinations, including but not limited to influenza and COVID-19, before entering the Facility and participating in a clinical or preceptor rotation. Therefore, Southeast Technical College must obtain and have on file proof of the required vaccinations before a student is assigned to attend a clinical or preceptor rotation.

The Facilities allow students a medical exemption from the various vaccination requirements to enter the Facility and participate in their clinical or preceptor rotation. 

Students in need of an exemption from any vaccination(s) requirements due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a completed Request for Accommodation form via the myTech website as soon as possible after vaccination deadlines have been announced.  Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. Approval is not guaranteed.

Individuals with an approved exemption will be required to comply with other preventative requirements as specified in the exemption approval and as may be updated by later notification and/or posting of requirements. 

Decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Required Supplies

The following required supplies can be purchased in the Southeast Tech Bookstore:

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
Technical Standards

Read the Technical Standards form and review physical requirements. If you apply online, this is part of the application process.

Medical Assistant Technical Standards


Uniforms are required for this program and are available through Sparkle Uniforms.

Technology Requirements

Southeast Technical College's Medical Assistant program is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. You may purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech I.T. Support Center.


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