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Medical Assistant Certificate

Photo of Medical Assisting students working together in a lab at MVCC.

Medical Assisting students work together in a lab at MVCC.

Welcome to the Medical Assisting
Certificate Program at MVCC!

Medical assistants work in one of the fastest-growing fields, with most assistants working in physicians’ offices. Medical assistants do the administrative and clinical jobs that keep doctors’ offices running smoothly. The job outlook is very strong, with 18 percent growth predicted over the next decade as the health care industry expands.

Start at MVCC and get a medical assisting certificate in as little as one year!

Certificate Program information

  • The Medical Assistant Certificate program provides medical assistant students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist a physician or nurse practitioner with patients, such as performing routine procedures. Other skills include performing routine laboratory tests, billing insurance providers, and performing receptionist duties in a medical office setting.
  • Click here for a course list.
  • Click here for an advisement form.
  • Medical Assistant courses (HC prefix) require a minimum grade of C for successful completion.
  • Medical Assistant students may repeat one health care (HC) course only. A second failure of a health care course will result in dismissal from the Medical Assistant program.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned health care agency for externships.
  • Proof of current American Heart Association CPR certification for health care providers must be on file in the Allied Health Coordinator’s office prior to the first externship.
  • Students must purchase a Medical Assistant name tag from the College Bookstore.
  • Students must purchase a white lab coat with the MVCC insignia.
  • If a student has legal charges pending or has been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor, certification may be delayed or denied by the applicable national certification board.
  • Upon graduation, students may be eligible to take the national Registered Medical Assistant examination. Upon passing, graduates become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Graduation from the Medical Assistant program does not guarantee success on national credentialing exams.

Certificate Program Prerequisites

  • High school chemistry or its equivalent
  • High school math course A or its equivalent

Transfer or Returning students

Prior to beginning or resuming Medical Assisting coursework, students who have been out of the Medical Assisting course sequence for more than one semester must:

  • Meet all prerequisites listed
  • Meet with an Allied Health advisor
  • Make an appointment by calling 315.792.5367