Medical Assistant Certificate Program

Medical assistants work directly with patients and assist in their care and well-being. If you’re interested in pursuing opportunities in this rewarding profession, we can help you develop relevant skills and gain real-world experience. We strive to prepare you with the clinical and administrative knowledge to seek various entry-level positions in the field.*

Our medical assistant certificate online and onsite programs offer a comprehensive curriculum combined with hands-on, industry related medical equipment training. In our medical assistant classes, you’ll study how to assist the supervising physician with various tasks such as administering injections, taking vital signs, recording EKGs, assisting in minor surgical procedures, carrying out basic accounting procedures, and understanding the fundamentals of charting and documentation. You’ll also complete a practicum where you’ll apply your classroom learnings in a real-world setting.

Graduates of the program may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by the American Medical Technologists. See the Certification section for additional information.

Medical Assistant Certificate Program Highlights

To help you gain the relevant skills to enter the medical field, Kaplan University's medical assistant program provides instruction in the following:

  • Clinical and administrative courses
  • Hands-on training with industry-related medical equipment
  • Practicum
  • Potential career opportunities

Prepare for Medical Assistant Certification

Online and onsite graduates may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam given by the American Medical Technologists; the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA); and the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) examination given by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Graduates of the Iowa, Maine, Maryland, or Nebraska campus-based program may also be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Prepare for Certification

Online and onsite graduates may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam given by the American Medical Technologists; the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA); and the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) examination given by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) .

Graduates of the Iowa, Maine, Maryland, or Nebraska campus-based program may also be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The Medical Assistant Certificate program offered on campus in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines, Iowa, and in the states of Maine, Maryland, and Nebraska is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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
Tel: 727.210.2350
Website: www.caahep.org 

The chart below provides job placement rates for each of the Kaplan University campus medical assisting programs. These rates reflect the average over five years based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to MAERB and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

 Campus  Location  Placement Rate
Cedar Falls 7009 Nordic Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 83.52%
Cedar Rapids 3165 Edgewood Pkwy SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 83.22%
Davenport 1801 E Kimberly Rd #1, Davenport, IA 52807 70.00%
Des Moines (Urbandale) 4655 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323 80.62%
Hagerstown 18618 Crestwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742 82.47%
Lincoln (with Branch campus in Omaha) 1821 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508 82.79%
Lewiston Maine (with Branch campuses 
in Augusta and South Portland)
475 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240 72.16%

*Placement is defined as graduates who have secured employment in medical assisting or a related field or have military or continuing education waivers.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Students completing the medical assistant program could pursue entry-level positions, or related positions, in a doctor's office, clinic, or other medical facility, such as*:

  • Medical assistant
  • Clinical lab aide
  • Hospital donor unit assistant
  • Blood/plasma lab assistant
  • Blood bank donor unit assistant
  • Back office lab assistant

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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October 18, 2017

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Curriculum: Online

Desired Track
Online
  • Online
  • Campus
  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 57

    Total Program Credits: 57

    • HS 101: MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS Change

      This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Change

      This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 140: PHARMACOLOGY Change

      This course is a systematic study of basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication documentation procedures.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY Change

      Studies include principles of vaccinations and disease prevention, chronic diseases, diagnosis and treatments, and the economic impact. You will also learn about infectious diseases, disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. In addition, genes, mutations, inheritance, genetic diseases, cancer, and cancer treatments will be reviewed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 210: MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT Change

      The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 220: MEDICAL CODING AND INSURANCE Change

      Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Enrollment in the Medical Assistant Certificate

    • MA 250: ONLINE PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE Change

      This course will focus on the aspects of professionalism that a health care professional needs in order to successfully work in a medical office setting, including communication skills, personal appearance, and interpersonal interactions. The course will prepare students for the clinical experience.

      Credits:

      1

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 131 | Corequisite: MA 265

    • MA 265: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES I Change

      The course introduces you to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety. Specific competency simulations will include: collecting a health history, vital signs, specialty exams, sterilization, minor surgical procedures, surgical asepsis, growth charts, and electrocardiograms.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 131

    • MA 275: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES II Change

      This course introduces you to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety. Specific competency simulations will include: specimen processing, methods of quality control, capillary and venipuncture, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived testing, microbiology and immunology procedures, urinalysis, and administering medications.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MA 265

    • MA 280: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES III Change

      This course will focus on the performance of clinical skills in an approved medical facility or educational medical lab, as appropriate. Students will complete a minimum of 50 hours and all required competency skills.

      Credits:

      1

      Prerequisites Required:

      MA 275 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    • SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I Change

      In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II Change

      In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but are not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. This course includes a lab component.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 121

    • MA 295: ONLINE MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP AND EVALUATION Change

      Successful completion of this course will require 160 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a practice credentialing exam, at the end of the course. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MA 280 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.

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    † Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

  • Based on a full-time schedule, the program can be completed in 5 terms (13 months), plus scheduled holidays and breaks. Program will take longer for part-time students to complete.