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Medical Assisting Associate's Degree or Diploma

In as little as 15 months with our Medical Assisting Diploma and in less than two years with our Associate’s degree, you receive the direct patient care education you need to help start your career as a medical assistant.*

With competitively priced tuition at $310 per credit and additional programmatic accreditation at many of our campuses, you will feel confident you are making a valuable investment in your medical assisting higher education.

Essential Skills to Help Start Your Medical Assisting Career

As a Medical Assisting Associate's degree or Medical Assisting Diploma student, your coursework includes hands-on exercises to develop the skills you need:

  • Medical procedures training
    • Taking patients' vital signs
    • Collecting laboratory specimens
    • Performing electrocardiography (EKG)
    • Administering therapeutic injections and vaccinations

  • Clinical externship: 240 hours of real-world work experience
    • Caring for patients one-on-one
    • Performing medical procedures
    • Gathering patient information
    • Helping doctors stay organized

With additional programmatic accreditation, you will feel confident you are receiving a quality education you can use in your career:

  • The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Green Bay, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, and Moorhead campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
  • The Medical Assisting Diploma at the Appleton, Aurora/Naperville, Mokena/Tinley Park, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Eagan, Mankato, St. Cloud, Rockford, Romeoville/Joliet, Fort Myers, Ocala, New Port Richey/West Pasco, Tampa/Brandon, and Wausau campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

As an Associate's degree graduate, you can choose to enter the workforce, or you can continue your education by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree program.

To learn more about our Medical Assisting Associate's degree or Diploma, complete the contact request form on the right, or call us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer your questions.

*Completion time is dependent on courses completed per quarter and number of transfer credits awarded.
**Enrollment in the Associate's degree program requires completion of a Medical Assisting Diploma. Please speak with a program manager for details.

Program Highlights
  • Industry-experienced instructors prepare you for a national certification exam
  • Career services advisors help you find the direct patient care job you want
  • Supportive program managers walk you through our no-hassle enrollment process

Medical Assisting Degree Courses

Your blended online and residential diploma or degree in medical assisting will give you a solid understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, pathology and basic concepts of pharmacology and psychology. Medical assistants provide direct patient care and are tasked with procedures that are important to their patients’ health such as measuring vital signs, administering injections, and performing venipuncture (taking blood).

  • Administer therapeutic injections and vaccinations
  • Collect laboratory specimens and perform in-house clinical lab testing
  • Perform EKGs, spirometry and audiometry
  • Assist physicians with a variety of in-office procedures

Sample Course List

Structure and Function of the Human Body
This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.
Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Procedures
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the administrative duties performed in the medical office. Concepts covered include: preparing, filing and maintaining medical records; knowledge of the various types of health insurance coverage, coding and reimbursement; confidentiality and guidelines for releasing health information; and effective oral and written communication skills.
Introduction to Medical Assisting
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Medical Assisting profession and the skills necessary to be successful both in the Medical Assisting program and profession. During this course, students will complete a Programmatic Orientation and be exposed to basic Medical Assisting skills such as professionalism, vital signs and CPR/First Aid.
Medical Assisting Clinical Externship
Students will engage in an 11-week on-the-job Medical Assisting training experience in a physician's office/clinic or medical center. The extern will perform medical-assisting job duties in both the front-office administrative area and the back-office clinical area, in order to develop on-the-job learning skills. Under no circumstances will the student extern receive pay for the externship hours worked. In the lecture portion of the course, students will learn job-search techniques and skills for entry-level medical assistants. Students will also prepare to sit for the Medical Assisting credential examination during this course (either the CMA or RMA depending on accreditation status).
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Estimated Tuition Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Medical Assistant $21,080$24,940$29,370

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Medical Assisting graduates:


Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P) from AHIMA. In addition, an X-ray operator license may also be considered.

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