Medical Assistant Certificate
Medical Assistant Program Information
The Medical Assistant Program at Methodist College leads to a certificate and prepares the graduate for certification. In addition, the Medical Assistant curriculum at Methodist College is designed to create a pathway to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as some courses may be transferable* to the pre-licensure program. (* Based upon successful completion of the designated courses, and meeting of the eligibility of admission requirements of the BSN degree program.)
Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent over the next ten years. As the demand for preventive medical services increases, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.* (*U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook)
The Medical Assistant program at Methodist College can be completed in as little as 18 months, on a part-time or full-time basis. Some courses may be offered in the evening and online, making it convenient for individuals who work or have other responsibilities.
In order to work as a certified medical assistant, students must pass a national certification exam. Methodist College students who successfully pass all of their courses in the Medical Assistant program and complete the required 170 hours of practicum will sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Graduates of the Methodist College program may also choose to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Students who do not obtain certification, may be able to find employment as a Medical Office Assistant or a Medical Office Clerk depending on the requirements of the employer.
Medical Assistant Certificate Application Checklist
Please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on Admission Requirements.
The tuition for this 46-credit-hour program is approximately $15,000 (does not include books and fees). Methodist College works with employers who offer tuition reimbursement.
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Download the Medical Assistant Program Information Sheet with curriculum(PDF)
Medical Assistant Program Outcomes
The Medical Assistant Certificate program at Methodist College was established in 2018. There were no graduates of the program in 2018. Those students who graduated in 2019 achieved a first-time pass rate on the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The graduates are employed at clinics and hospitals as Certified Medical Assistants.
Medical Assistant Certificate Program Accreditation
The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763