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
- 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.
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
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
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.
|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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
MA 280 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.
- HS 101: MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS Change
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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.