Certificate: Medical Assisting

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If you're looking for an online education option that covers all the skills and knowledge needed to work as a medical assistant in a variety of settings, than you may be interested in Purdue University Global's Medical Assistant Certificate program. Read further for additional details about this online certificate program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Medical Assistant Certificate program at Purdue University Global includes a series of courses that cover the professional, medical and skill requirements expected of medical assistants. Some of the specific course topics include pharmacology, medical coding, medical office management, and basic clinical procedures (such as recording EKGs and giving injections). In addition to traditional coursework, you would also need to complete a 160-hour externship at an approved location, such as a local doctor's office or clinic. Upon graduation, you may be prepared to take certification exams that to become certified as a medical assistant.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're interested in this Medical Assistant Certificate program , you should have a desire within the healthcare industry and be interested in a career working directly with patients. In order to be admitted, you'd need to show proof of completion of an approved CPR health training course and provide a health clearance form signed by a doctor with evidence of the vaccinations required to work in the field. Applicants to Purdue University Global must have completed a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Students in Purdue Global's Medical Assistant Certificate program must complete a minimum of 57 credit hours in order to receive their certificate.

Major Requirement Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HS101Medical Law and Bioethics
HS111Medical Terminology
HS140Pharmacology
HS200Diseases of the Human Body
HS210Medical Office Management
HS220Medical Coding and Insurance
MA250Professionalism in Health Care
MA265Clinical Competencies I
MA275Clinical Competencies II
MA280Clinical Competencies III
SC121Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SC131Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MA295Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Medical Assistant Certificate program at Purdue University Global would help to prepare you for the duties of a medical assistant, including taking vital signs, basic accounting, charting and documentation and assisting physicians. Graduates may also be able to qualify for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), and Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) exams.

Upon graduating, you may be able to qualify for entry-level positions such as:

  • Medical assistant
  • Clinical lab aide
  • Back office lab assistant
  • Hospital donor unit assistant

Advanced Degrees

If additional knowledge and more advanced study beyond a Medical Assistant Certificate is of interest to you, you may want to consider an associate's degree in healthcare fields like nursing, healthcare administration, or other specialized medical fields. The experienced and knowledge gained in one of these associate's degree programs may open up additional employment opportunities for you or provide you with greater options for job mobility.

Examples of these programs include:

  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate Degree in Healthcare Administration
  • Associate Degree in Anesthesia Technology