If you’ve got a mind for medicine and a heart for healing, this respected Medical Assistant program could be just the beginning of a long and successful career in healthcare. A Medical Assisting Diploma allows you to provide critical, direct patient care, from routine diagnostic procedures and recording vitals to administering medications and first aid. Our Medical Assistant training and curriculum are designed to help you gain job-ready skills that employers seek and allow you to connect with patients in this fulfilling field.
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- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Strive for Certification Exams
Upon graduation of your Medical Assisting classes, you will be prepared to take one of the industry standards in medical assisting certification, the CMA or RMA, and the exam fee is included in the total program costs.2
Advance Your Education
When you’re ready to further your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Medical Assisting Diploma program credits to earn a Healthcare Associate's degree, or Health Sciences Associate's degree if you live in Illinois, with a Medical Assisting specialization.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for medical assistants is 29%.3 A Medical Assisting Diploma from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Real-World Patient Care
Prepare to make a lasting impact on your patients’ health as you assist physicians with patient care and a variety of in-office procedures.
Medical Procedures Training
Administer therapeutic injections and vaccinations and perform EKGs, spirometry and audiometry.
Valuable Team Experience
Assist physicians and other healthcare providers in a variety of procedures, helping you form relationships with working medical professionals.
Develop your abilities to schedule and collect laboratory specimens, perform in-house clinical lab testing and develop tactical skills in a medical setting.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- MEA 1350
- 6 Credits
- MEA 1460
- On Campus
- 6 Credits
- HSA 2264
- 3 Credits
Fundamentals of Clinical Techniques
Develop and apply skills in injections, phlebotomy and basic vital signs. Students will begin to understand reasoning and sequencing of immunizations, basic lab functions and proper techniques in providing efficient patient care.
Clinical Laboratory Applications & Diagnostic Procedures I
Begin to develop and apply learned applied skills and techniques within Pulmonary, Audiology and Ophthalmology.
Administrative Medical Assistant Practices
Educates students on legal and ethical responsibilities, the importance of critical-thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, office policies, confidentiality, insurance information, government issue policies and acts, documentation as well as functionality and maintenance of medical records.
12 Courses to Complete
51 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact a program manager who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Can I Find a Medical Assistant Program Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Medical Assisting program near you.