Diploma - Medical Assisting

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The Diploma in Medical Assisting program at Herzing University is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different regulations, techniques, and practices that are prevalent in the current medical working world. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Diploma in Medical Assisting program at Herzing University is focused on giving students the chance to study medical techniques and practices, as well as ways to help doctors and nurses effectively care for patients. This streamlined program is designed to include studies in medical basics, such as anatomy and healthcare terminology as well as administrative practices, including financial record keeping and health insurance form processing. At the end of the program, students will be asked to complete an externship to develop their skills in real life situations. Students will also be asked to complete personal and professional development courses to demonstrate how they have grown through the program. This program is offered online and at select Herzing University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to this program should have a strong desire to help people, both medical professionals and the patients they may work with. Potential students should have good organizational, written, and verbal skills. Though requirements may vary, students should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This Herzing University program consists of a total of at least 43 credit hours. These credit hours come from required and core courses as well as transfer credits and an externship.

Transfer Courses

  • All courses, 25.00 semester credit hours, must be completed prior to admission into the Diploma in Medical Assisting program. These courses may be completed as a non-degree seeking student or as a student in another program (such as the Diploma in Medical Office Administration.)
  • Students at the Akron Campus may complete these transfer courses while enrolled in the Diploma in Medical Assisting Services.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HC 115 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals
MO 110 Keyboarding
MO 111 Computer Software Applications in Healthcare
MO 150 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
MO 150L Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab
MO 205 Insurance Claims, Processing and Adjudication
MO 211 Healthcare Systems and Operations
MO 216 Ethics and Health Information Management
SC 105 Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Professionals
SC 105L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health Professionals
SC 205 Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health Professionals
SC 205L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health Professionals

Required Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
MS 215 Medical Clinical Assisting I With Lab
MS 235 Medical Clinical Assisting II With Lab
MS 280 Program Certification Review Final
MS 295 Externship

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
PD 121 Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II
PD 211 MA Externship Preparation
PD 216 MA Assisting Proctor Preparation (only for online students)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from this program, students could choose to seek opportunities in health service settings. These jobs could be entry-level or could require further amounts of responsibilities and offer greater challenges. These could be assistant positions in medical offices or laboratories and could involve working with medical professionals and patients.

Potential career options include but are not limited to:

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Business Office Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant

Advanced Degrees

Students who have completed this program could decide that it's beneficial to their personal and professional goals to pursue a further degree in medical assisting. These degrees could allow students to apply for further work opportunities and improve their medical knowledge and skills. Some positions in the medical field may require additional degrees and certifications.

Possible higher-level degrees include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant
  • Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration