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Medical Assisting

Diploma

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 (or as few as 9 months for Overland Park/Kansas City students).1 Employers recognize that our students are professional, confident, patient and well-prepared from day one.7

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Two Different Ways to Learn

Built for working adults looking to start a career in healthcare, our Medical Assisting program is designed to give you the skills to embark on a career as a medical assistant. Our program is delivered in multiple ways, depending on your campus location:

Most Campuses

Online/On-Campus Hybrid

You can choose to attend live online and interactive lectures or listen to lectures at a time that’s convenient for you. You’ll have the opportunity to use digital tools used in the field and introduce yourself to key skills in online video tutorials. Then, work side-by-side with peers and experienced instructors in small class sizes on the campus nearest you.12

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Overland Park, KS, Campus

Campus-Based, Competency-Based Education (CBE)

Starting in 2021, our Overland Park/Kansas City campus will be a campus-based, competency-based education Medical Assisting Diploma program.9 CBE allows you to progress at your own pace by demonstrating your skills, allowing you to speed through what you already know and slow down to focus on new material. With subscription pricing, you can pay $3,500 per three-month term and complete as many courses as you want in each term.4

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  • Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional 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.

  • Student-Approved Medical Assisting Program

    Our Medical Assisting graduates reported that they are satisfied with the program thanks to our industry-experienced faculty, real-world skills instruction, flexible online courses and first-hand experiences on campus.10 After graduation, they felt prepared for a career as a medical assistant in a variety of environments.10 Whether you study full- or part-time, we’ll help you feel well-prepared and confident to pass industry-preferred certification exams. Rasmussen College is proud to graduate the most medical assistants in Minnesota, and we continue to support future medical assistants across the country.8

  • Live Your Skills, Don’t Just Study Them

    As a Medical Assisting Diploma student, you’ll move through coursework individually, but work together with other students in labs. Gain first-hand experience to practice hands-on skills, from injections and blood draws to 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. Online video tutorials are available for every assessment to ensure students are fully prepared for their on-campus labs. Not only will you learn 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 program gives you the opportunity to confidently take the Medical Assisting CMA or RMA certification exam.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

    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 College, 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

Medical Assisting Credentials Offered

Medical Assisting

Diploma

Finish in as few as

12 months (or 9 months for Overland Park/Kansas City students)1

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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School of Health Sciences Blog

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 Medical Assisting education even easier by offering online and on-campus courses that not only fit into a busy working schedule, but also 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 College.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 23% between 2018 and 2028, which is much faster than average.3

Medical Assistants

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $24,790 10th Percentile
    • $28,400 25th Percentile
    • $33,610 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    23%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Accreditation

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

The Medical Assisting Diploma programs at the Aurora/Naperville, Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet campuses in Illinois; the Fort Myers, Ocala, New Port Richey/West Pasco and Tampa/Brandon campuses in Florida; the Green Bay and Wausau campuses in Wisconsin; and the Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Eagan, Lake Elmo, Mankato and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

The Kansas City/Overland Park, Kansas, campus; and Land O’ Lakes/East Paso and Orlando, Florida, campuses are not accredited by the ABHES.

Additional accreditation details

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) logo

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
7777 Leesburg Pike
Suite 314
North Falls Church, VA 22043
703-917-9503

  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 May 21, 2019] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed April 30, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm. 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 College 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 College Medical Assisting Diploma graduates.
  8. According to 2019 Medical Assistant conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  9. The Medical Assisting Diploma programs at the Aurora/Naperville, Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet campuses in Illinois; the Fort Myers, Ocala, New Port Richey/West Pasco and Tampa/Brandon campuses in Florida; the Green Bay and Wausau campuses in Wisconsin; and the Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Eagan, Lake Elmo, Mankato and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The Kansas City/Overland Park, Kansas, campus; and Land O’ Lakes/East Paso and Orlando, Florida, campuses are not 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
    703-917-9503

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  10. Rasmussen College 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 Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco, New Port Richey/West Pasco, Ocala, Orlando, 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, 2019. Accessed 7/15/2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older, full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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