Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are multi-skilled healthcare professionals who can do numerous clinical or administrative tasks in the business and clinical parts of a medical office, clinic or hospital. They may work for doctors, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists, and in offices, clinics and hospitals. Prepare for this high-demand career in today’s health care field as a medical assistant!

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Medical Assistant Certificate

The Medical Assistant Certificate program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a medical assistant in a medical office, clinic, hospital or other health care facility. Clinical (diagnostic and treatment), administrative (communication and business) skills and transdisciplinary knowledge and skills are included in the course work. A non-paid externship experience with a licensed health care practitioner is the culmination of the program. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the RMA(AMT) exam.

This certificate ladders into the Associate of Applied Science – Allied Health degree program. Graduates will also earn a Certificate in Medical Office Support.

  • Eligible for RMA(AMT) credential
  • Recent graduates have seen a 100 percent employment rate.
  • 100 percent exam pass rate
  • Only one year to complete

Note: This program includes a ground-based component, such as an internship or clinical experience. Your student success navigator can help you better understand the requirements.

Sample Courses

This course provides an overview of medical terminology to include word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, building of words using word parts, words not built from word parts, common medical abbreviations, and proper spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. This class is not required if a previous medical terminology course has been taken and passed with a 2.5 grade or higher.

This course provides foundational knowledge of body structures and their functions through a body systems approach. May be taken as part of a program or to help prepare the student for more advanced anatomy and physiology courses.

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and health care finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

Certificate Details


Median earnings are $37,190 annually.


Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent in the coming years, much faster than the average for all occupations.


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In Michigan

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Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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