Medical Assistant Certificate Program

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Program at a Glance
  • Develop skills in performing laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures.
  • Prepare for medical assistant certification exams.
  • Gain real-world experience through an on-ground clinical experience and externship.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced health care professionals.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Medical Assistant Certificate Overview

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, the medical assistant program can help you develop relevant skills and gain real-world experience.

To help you gain the skills for the medical field, Purdue Global's certificate program combines online medical assistant classes with hands-on experience in onsite clinicals and an externship.

Hands-on medical assistant training in:

  • Administering injections
  • Taking vital signs
  • Recording EKGs
  • Assisting in minor surgical procedures
  • Obtaining specimens and laboratory testing
  • Performing phlebotomy

Online medical assistant coursework in:

  • Carrying out basic accounting procedures
  • Completing reception duties
  • Performing medical billing and coding tasks
  • Coordinating patient referrals

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Pass Rates

The exam pass rate for 2019 medical assisting graduates was 93.55%.

Note: Pass rates are for the 2019 outcome year. Calculated rates are from data submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) annual report.

Practical Experience

Gain real-world experience and build a valuable professional network during a 160-hour externship at a local physician’s office or clinic.

Prepare for Medical Assistant Certification

Upon completion of the program, you may be eligible to sit for the following exams*:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC)

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The Medical Assistant Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate program, you could pursue positions in settings such as doctor's offices, clinics, and other medical facilities.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for in Medical Assistants:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Monitoring

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Learn from experienced professionals who have attained high levels of achievement in the field. Stay connected with online seminars, discussion boards, and a hands-on clinical experience.

Sample Courses
  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Office Management
  • Professionalism in Health Care
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits58
  • Total Credits58

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Medical Assistant Certificate and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*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 Licensure and State Authorization for additional information on licensure and state authorizations. 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.