Medical Assistant (MA)

Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Mid offers two pathways to help you start a medical assisting career. Our associate degree and NEW 10-month training credential provide you with the necessary skills to succeed as a medical assistant.

Mid's Medical Assistant Program & Pathways prepare you to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the National Association of Medical Assistants (CMA AAMA), and is taken during the capstone Medical Assistant course. Successful completion of this certification exam means MA Program graduates enter the healthcare workforce with confidence and documented achievement of the skills they have mastered.


Associate Degree

Mid's Medical Assistant Associate Degree pathway prepares you to effectively perform the wide-range of tasks often assigned to medical assistants. This pathway takes approximately 6 semesters and includes 64 credit hours covering topics such as medical terminology, insurance billing, pharmacology, laboratory procedures, and more.

Training Credential

Mid's Medical Assistant Training Credential pathway includes 39 credits and takes approximately 2 semesters to complete. Key medical assisting topics are covered and this pathway allows you to enter the workforce more quickly and then return to ladder your learning and your skills toward completing the MA associate degree.

Industry-Recognized Certifications

You may be wondering how employers will know what skills you've mastered by completing your degree at Mid. To highlight these skills, Mid has partnered with a variety of organizations to award industry-recognized skill certifications. Industry-recognized certifications provide a return on your education investment by demonstrating the skills you've developed to employers and increasing your employment potential.

MA Industry-Recognized Certifications

MA students at Mid sit for the CMA (AAMA) exam in the Medical Assistant capstone course. The CMA (AAMA)® exam is the only medical assisting exam administered the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and that uses the National Board of Medical Examiners to oversee the exam. The CMA (AAMA) is internationally accredited by the International Accreditation Service and Nationally by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

This certification demonstrates to employers that medical assistant graduates have been educated and tested in a wide scope of general, clinical, and administrative responsibilities. And employers rely on the AAMA to verify certification status of current and potential employees. CMA (AAMA) certification holders must complete re-certification every 60 months.

Why Choose Mid?

  • Mid's MA faculty are experienced in medical assisting and strive to produce medical assistant graduates who perform at high levels and stand out from the rest!
  • Small cohorts of students begin the program each Fall to ensure that students receive individual attention from instructors.
  • Students gain hands-on, real-world experience through work in local laboratories or medical offices. These experiences include a venipuncture workshop and 160-hour externship, which includes 80 hours of administrative and 80 hours of clinical skill building.
  • Mid’s MA Program was just awarded re-accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Mid Michigan College’s MA associate degree and training credential are well known for producing multi-skilled, high quality graduates.
  • Local medical professionals request and reserve employment opportunities for Mid’s MA students months before they are placed in their externships, and often contact the MA Program Director when they are searching for quality employees.
  • 91% of MA Program graduates are employed.

Career Outlook


Medical Assistants are health care professionals who are cross-trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. They work alongside physicians in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics, in long-term care facilities like nursing homes, in hospital emergency rooms and in insurance billing organizations. Medical Assistants are patient liaisons who are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and who often explain the physician's instructions in details the patients can understand. Medical Assistants perform:

Administrative duties which may include, but are not limited to:
  • Using computer applications; Answering telephones; Greeting patients; Updating and filing patient medical records or entering patient information in the Electronic Medical Record; Coding and filling out insurance forms for reimbursement; Scheduling appointments; Arranging for hospital admissions, specialty and surgical referrals, laboratory and x-ray services, etc.; Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping; Employee payroll
Clinical duties which may include, but are not limited to:
  • Taking medical histories; Explaining treatment procedures to patients; Preparing patients for examination; Assisting the physician during examinations; Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens; Performing basic laboratory tests; Instructing patients about medication and special diets; Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician; Authorizing prescription refills as directed; Drawing blood; Taking electrocardiograms; Removing sutures and changing dressings

Median Pay $16.16/hour | $33,610/year | 23% Growth

Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2018 through 2028.

Research Careers

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Summary Report for Medical Assistants

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Hear from a Recent Graduate
"My name is Brenda McClintic, I am 25 years old, from Shepherd, MI, and have been working as a medical assistant since graduating from Mid Michigan College. Choosing Mid as my college was easy as my older sister who attended enjoyed the small class sizes and instructors, and the campus was close to home. The instructors at Mid showed great knowledge of the subjects they were teaching and also pushed me and my classmates to meet a higher standard. The instructors came to class with a positive and upbeat attitude, took the time to work one-on-one with students, and provided constructive criticism. If I ever had questions I felt comfortable asking my instructors for clarification. While attending my externship, I felt confident in performing general clinical and administrative tasks, and I was well prepared for what could happen while on the job. My confidence came from having instructors who wanted us to be successful and pushing us to achieve our potential. My overall experience at Mid was wonderful, I would recommend it to anyone."

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