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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 practicum where you’ll apply your classroom learnings in a real-world setting.

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Program Accredited by CAAHEP at Select Locations

The Medical Assistant Certificate program offered at our regional locations in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines, Iowa; Lewiston, Maine; Hagerstown, Maryland; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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
  • Practicum
  • Potential career opportunities
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Prepare for Medical Assistant Certification

Online and onsite 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 Iowa, Maine, Maryland, or Nebraska locations may also be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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CAAHEP Information

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( can be contacted at: 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Tel: 727.210.2350

The chart below provides job placement rates for medical assisting programs at each of the Purdue Global regional locations. These rates reflect the average over 5 years based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to MAERB and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

 Location  Address  Placement Rate
Cedar Rapids (with additional location in Cedar Falls) 3165 Edgewood Pkwy SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 88.75%
Davenport 1801 E Kimberly Rd #1, Davenport, IA 52807 83.33%
Des Moines (Urbandale) 4655 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323 86.29%
Hagerstown 18618 Crestwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742 83.46%
Lincoln (with additional location in Omaha) 1821 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508 84.57%
Lewiston Maine (with additional locations 
in Augusta and South Portland)
475 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240 78.20%

*Placement is defined as graduates who have secured employment in medical assisting or a related field or have military or continuing education waivers.

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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?

Students completing the medical assistant program could pursue entry-level positions, or related positions, in a doctor's office, clinic, or other medical facility, such as*:

  • 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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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
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  • 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.

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Enrollment Location: Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin Only.
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$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.

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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.