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Medical Assisting


If you’ve got a mind for medicine and a heart for healing, our hands-on Medical Assisting Diploma program will help you quickly start your healthcare journey. You can be assured that our Medical Assisting program will give you the necessary skills you need for your career and to sit for the in-demand CMA or RMA certification exams, among others.5 Select campuses are also accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).9 As a Medical Assisting student, you’ll learn direct patient care and office administrative skills to help you be career-ready in as few as 12 months.1 Employers recognize that our students are professional, confident, patient and well-prepared from day one.7

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  • Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Select campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).9 Learn more about programmatic accreditation and the ABHES.

  • Get Knowledge Credit™

    The Medical Assisting Diploma program offers up to four $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to prove that you already know the content of a particular course and don't need to take it.

  • Live Your Skills, Don’t Just Study Them

    You can choose to attend live online and interactive lectures or listen to lectures at a time that’s convenient for you. Online video tutorials are available for every assessment to ensure you are fully prepared to practice hands-on skills and collaborate with other students in your on-campus labs. Gain first-hand experience with injections, blood draws, EKG testing and emergency management. Mock clinicals will help you practice rooming a patient, and virtual simulation labs will help you learn to give direct patient care.

    Not only will you develop specific skills as a medical assistant, but also six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills, that will help you flourish in any role: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

  • Industry Certifications

    Our Medical Assisting Diploma program will help you prepare for the Certified Medical Assistant or Registered Medical Assistant certification exams.5 Plus, the exam fee is included in the total program cost.2 You may also qualify to register and sit for additional certification exams that can open doors in your career (exam fees not included):6

    • RPT (Registered Phlebotomy Technician) through the American Medical Technologist (AMT)
    • CPT (Certificated Phlebotomy Technician) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
    • CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) through the NHA
    • CET (Certified EKG Technician) through the NHA
    • CEHRS (Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist) through the NHA

    Medical Assisting Diploma students can also participate in additional certificate/training courses:

    • ECG (Electrocardiogram) Certificate through the AMT
    • POCT (Point-of-Care Testing), help get reliable testing results for prompt patient treatment, through the AMT
    • Immunization Certification through the AMT

Medical Assisting Student Story

Beckie wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, but thanks to the Medical Assisting program at Rasmussen University, she found her opportunity to help people and find a fulfilling career. Select the video to hear Beckie's full story as a student.

"I was given such a wonderful opportunity from Rasmussen to become a medical assistant. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life...I wanted to make a difference in people's worlds, so I became a medical assistant."

– Beckie W.
Medical Assistant Graduate and Certified Medical Assistant

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Speaker 1:

Hi everybody. My name's Becky. I'm a certified medical assistant at the Moffitt Cancer Center. I was given such a wonderful opportunity by Rasmussen to become a medical assistant. Wasn't even sure what I wanted to do in life. I worked for a big retail giant for 15 years and not getting the personal satisfaction that I was looking for. I wanted to help people and make a difference in, you know, people's world. And I just didn't know which way to go by that. So I became a medical assistant, clearly having no idea what I was doing. But now, five years later, here I am—a medical assistant, helping people, touching lives, one patient at a time. It just brings me such joy and happiness, and we get to be on their journey with them as they fight their way battling cancer. And it just, it's amazing to be a part of their journey. And at Rasmussen, makes it so much easier for you to become a medical assistant, to having organized classes, the one-on-one structure, the field trips that you get to take to see different places where you can really touch a life and touch a patient's life. I wish each one of you a wonderful journey on your new career. Good luck to each and every one of you. And medical assisting is the way to go!

Medical Assisting Credentials Offered

Medical Assisting


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12 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

Intended for

Students looking to pursue a fulfilling career in medical assisting with well-rounded knowledge about the field. Also ideal for students interested in the opportunity to advance their education with a Healthcare or Health Sciences Associate's degree with a specialization in Medical Assisting.

Prepares you for

Medical assistant, medical office administrative assistant

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What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Take a look at four important realms of healthcare—hospital, clinical, private practice and ambulatory—in which medical assistants play a vital role to see if this career could be the right path for you.

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Turn Your Medical Assisting Education Into a Career

We’ve made advancing your education even easier by offering our Medical Assisting Diploma program online and on campus to fit your busy working schedule and give you the skills for a future career.12 Opportunities to use in-demand digital tools in online courses and virtual simulation labs will help you support front and back office operations. You'll gain experience with electronic health records (EHR), EKG programs, ultrasound software, blood pressure and more to be a valuable asset in a variety of healthcare workplaces.

When you’re ready to further your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Diploma credits toward a Healthcare Associate’s degree specializing in Medical Assisting, or a Health Sciences degree if you live in Illinois, which you can earn in as few as nine months.1 In fact, 23% of Medical Assistant grads continued on for additional education at Rasmussen University.11

Earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can help improve income potential, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).13 Medical Assistant jobs are projected to grow 18% between 2020 and 2030, which is much faster than average.3

Medical Assistants

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $29,070 10th Percentile
    • $30,200 25th Percentile
    • $37,190 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award


Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Aurora/Naperville, Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet campuses in Illinois; the Fort Myers, Ocala, Central Pasco and Tampa/Brandon campuses in Florida; the Green Bay and Wausau campuses in Wisconsin; and the Bloomington, Eagan, Hennepin/Anoka, Mankato and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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North Falls Church, VA 22043

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Contact an admissions advisor to determine the best exam option for you.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] 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.
  4. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term. The cost displayed on this page excludes the book fees required in this program which total $360. See the Rasmussen University catalog or tuition estimator for additional information regarding books.
  5. Graduates of our programmatically-accredited programs can sit for the CMA or RMA exam; graduates of our non-programmatically-accredited programs can sit for the RMA exam. Visit the accreditation page for full details regarding programmatic accreditation.
  6. Certification guidelines and qualifications may vary depending on the state.
  7. Employer surveys collected starting in 2017 through 2020 from employers of Rasmussen University Medical Assisting Diploma graduates.
  8. According to 2019 Medical Assistant conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  9. The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Aurora/Naperville, Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet campuses in Illinois; the Fort Myers, Ocala, Central Pasco and Tampa/Brandon campuses in Florida; the Green Bay and Wausau campuses in Wisconsin; and the Bloomington, Eagan, Hennepin/Anoka, Mankato and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

    Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike
    Suite 314
    North Falls Church, VA 22043

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  10. Rasmussen University Satisfaction Questions by Program Chart, 26 Medical Assisting Diploma Respondents, collected October 18, 2019.
  11. 2020Q1 Laddering Analysis, collected January 2020.
  12. Our online/on-campus hybrid learning experience is practiced at our campuses in New Port Richey/West Pasco, Ocala, Tampa/Brand, FL; Aurora/Naperville, Rockford, Romeoville/Joliet, IL; Bloomington, Eagan, Mankato, St. Cloud, MN; and Green Bay and Wausau, WI.
  13. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2020. Accessed on March 31, 2022. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners.
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