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Medical Assistant Certificate Program

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Medical assistants work directly with patients and assist in their care and well-being. If you’re interested in pursuing opportunities in this rewarding profession, we can help you develop relevant skills and gain real-world experience. We strive to prepare you with the clinical and administrative knowledge to seek various entry-level positions in the field.*

Our medical assistant certificate program offers a comprehensive curriculum combined with hands-on, industry related medical equipment training. In our medical assistant classes, you’ll study how to assist the supervising physician with various tasks such as administering injections, taking vital signs, recording EKGs, assisting in minor surgical procedures, carrying out basic accounting procedures, and understanding the fundamentals of charting and documentation. You’ll also complete a clinical experience and an externship where you’ll apply your classroom learnings in a real-world setting.

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Program in Des Moines Accredited by CAAHEP

The Medical Assistant Certificate program offered at the Des Moines, Iowa, location is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). View additional CAAHEP information.

Note: the program offered online and at other Purdue Global locations is not accredited.

Medical Assistant Certificate Program Highlights

To help you gain the relevant skills to enter the medical field, Purdue Global's medical assistant program provides instruction in the following:

  • Clinical and administrative courses
  • Hands-on training with industry-related medical equipment
  • Potential career opportunities
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Prepare for Medical Assistant Certification

Graduates may be eligible to sit for the following exams:

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam given by the American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) examination given by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)

Graduates who complete the program at our Des Moines, Iowa, location may also be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate program, you could pursue positions in settings such as: 

  • Doctor's offices
  • Clinics
  • Other medical facilities

Career titles associated with this program include*: 

  • Medical assistant
  • Clinical lab aide
  • Hospital donor unit assistant
  • Blood/plasma lab assistant
  • Blood bank donor unit assistant
  • Back office lab assistant
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Medical Assistant Certificate program can help you acquire knowledge and develop skills in performing laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures in a physician's office or ambulatory care clinic. Courses include:

  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Coding and Insurance
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  • Major Credits57
  • Total Credits57

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location: Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin Only.
Tuition Discount Options:

Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Certification and licensing boards in Washington and South Dakota have specific educational requirements for a program to lead to certification as a medical assistant, which is a precondition for employment in those states. This program meets the educational requirements to obtain certification in Washington and South Dakota. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Residents of all states are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.