Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers.

Medical Assistants provide both clinical and administrative support to doctors and other health care professionals. 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.

Job Outlook
  • $38k
    Median Salary for Michigan (Medical Assistants)
  • 3,420
    Projected Job Openings in Michigan
  • 18%
    Growth in Michigan Jobs

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.

  • 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.

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.

The Medical Assistant Program is a selective admissions program with limited seats.

Rules for Student Eligibility to enter Mid's MA Program

  • Admission to the Medical Assistant Program is limited to 30 students each fall.
  • Students who are interested in completing the 2-Year Associate in Applied Science for Medical Assisting OR the 10-Month Training Credential for Medical Assistant may apply directly to the Medical Assistant Program between December and May 1. Equivalent courses from other post-secondary institutions may be used to fulfill Medical Assistant Program requirements.
  • Students not awarded seats will be placed on an alternate list according to the point system. This list will be used solely for the purpose of filling any vacancies that may arise that year only, and will not carry over to the next year.
  • Students who are qualified but not admitted to the program in the fall semester may apply during the next admission cycle.
  • Applications are online and are due May 1 annually.
  • Letters will be sent to students whether it is an acceptance or denial letter.

Online Application & Information Packet

Medical Assistant Application Deadline is August 1st, annually.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT ONLINE APPLICATION

This Application Information Packet is designed to provide you with information about the program, admission process, and curriculum requirements for the Medical Assistant Program at Mid.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT INFORMATION PACKET 2023-2024 (GOOGLE DRIVE PDF)


Medical Assistant Program Criteria

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all program specific courses (Restricted Enrollment Classes) in order to progress to the next semester.
  • Final acceptance into the MA Program is pending until the student presents a clear criminal background check. The cost is incurred by the student.
  • Students must obtain a clear random urine drug screen.
  • Students with a felony conviction and certain misdemeanors will not be accepted into the MA Program.

Mental and Physical Qualifications required of Medical Assistnat Applicants

Minimum acceptable mental and physical qualifications of an applicant for professional medical assisting include the following abilities.

  • Frequently work in a standing position and do frequent walking.
  • Lift and transfer patients up to six inches (6”) from a stooped position, then push or pull the weight up to three feet (3’).
  • Lift and transfer patients from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish exam table-to-chair and chair-to-exam table.
  • Physically apply up to ten pounds (10#) of pressure to bleeding sites, or in performing CPR.
  • Respond and react immediately to verbal instructions/requests and to auditory signals from monitoring equipment; perform auditory auscultation without impediment.
  • Physically perform up to a twelve-hour shift clinical laboratory experience.
  • Physically close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
  • Discriminate between sharp/dull and hot/cold when using both hands.
  • Perform mathematical calculations for medication preparation and administration.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and interpersonal skills.

Applicants to the Medical Assistant Program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications, for informing the College of any potential problems, and for notifying their instructors of any accommodations they may need.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to connect with Student Accommodations and may utilize these services to determine appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with any reasonable accommodation that may be provided by the College.

 

Medical Assisting is a profession with many rewards, as practitioners can perform both administrative and clinical services, filling several roles in a variety of healthcare environments. 

Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patients, with the goal of providing healthcare and ensuring patient safety. It is a position with a great deal of responsibility.

As with any healthcare position, there are certain occupational risks that come into play with being a medical assistant, and those hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
  • Chemical and drug exposure
  • Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks
  • Latex allergies
  • Stress

At the same time, there are protections set up with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and those protections are particularly important within a healthcare environment. OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety of healthcare workers and patients.

Accredited medical assisting programs are required to teach students about the hazards that they face on the job and the protocols that can be put into place to ensure a workplace culture that prioritizes safety.

FAQS: Related to Selection & Admission to the MA Program

The admission criterion has several different elements that will be weighted:

  • Number of credit hours taken at Mid (20% of total)
  • Previously earned degrees (20% of total)
  • Documented healthcare-related work experience (30% of total)
  • Personal statement (30% of total)

Applications will be available on the Mid web site. Applications will be available on January 1. The application deadline for the Fall admission cycle is May 1 of each year.

With the new selective admission process, students will be able to apply to the MA program immediately. If accepted, they will begin the program the following Fall semester.

Yes. The student’s final admission to the MA program is pending the result of the criminal background check and a clear random drug screen. Students MUST be aware that any applicants who have a felony or certain misdemeanors will NOT be admitted to the MA program.

  1. The most qualified students will be selected for admission
  2. Students will be motivated to start at Mid, complete their program, and look forward to entering the healthcare environment
  3. Students can complete the Training Credential OR the 2-year Associate degree in a timely manner, without sitting idle on a waitlist.
  4. Graduates from the MA Program will be trained and certified to comply with the Assessment-Based Recognition order entry program
  5. Selective Admission criteria will result in better prepared students entering the MA Program
  6. Enhanced patient care outcomes with better qualified students
  7. MA Program Director and Administrative Assistant time will be better utilized
  8. The Mid Associate in Applied Science for Medical Assistant Degree transfers to Davenport University as a bridge for the Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Case Management.

Moving to the Selective Admission Process will help to ensure that student’s prerequisite courses are current and that the health-related language/science/insurance information can be used within the MA Program.

Long periods on the current MA Waitlist risk outdated information that will require prerequisite course repeats or extensive review time spent in MA Program core courses. The Selective Admission Process will also ensure that students are prepared to make the necessary commitment and progress to complete their associate’s degree and earn the CMA (AAMA) credential upon graduation.

This accomplishment will also establish compliance with the newly implemented Assessment-Based Recognition program, which allows only credentialed medical assistants order-entry for electronic health records. The new requirement under the September 5, 2013 rule for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs was implemented to improve protection of patient and providers.

Mid MA Program Students are continuing to be hired before they even complete their second semester within the MA Program core courses by health care facilities in the surrounding communities.

Moving to the Selective Admission Process will help to ensure that student’s prerequisite courses are current and that the health-related language/science/insurance information can be used within the MA Program.

Long periods on the current MA Waitlist risk outdated information that will require prerequisite course repeats or extensive review time spent in MA Program core courses. The Selective Admission Process will also ensure that students are prepared to make the necessary commitment and progress to complete their associate’s degree and earn the CMA (AAMA) credential upon graduation.

This accomplishment will also establish compliance with the newly implemented Assessment-Based Recognition program, which allows only credentialed medical assistants order-entry for electronic health records. The new requirement under the September 5, 2013 rule for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs was implemented to improve protection of patient and providers.

Mid MA Program Students are continuing to be hired before they even complete their second semester within the MA Program core courses by health care facilities in the surrounding communities.

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 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.

Accreditation

The Training Credential: Medical Assistant program is accredited through CAAHEP - Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775, www.caahep.org, (727) 210-2350; and the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) 2339 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60647, www.maerb.org, 1-800-228-2262.

Accreditation for this program was obtained on April 30, 1999, and has been granted reaccreditation until 2024.

CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs have the responsibility of accurately informing their communities of interests of their accreditation status. Accreditation is a publicly held status and, as such, CAAHEP-accredited programs must provide the communities of interest accurate and easy access to the accreditation status.

The Mid Michigan College Training Credential for Medical Assisting is proud to publish the following information from its 2023 Annual MAERB Report.

  • The 5-Year Average for the Graduate Satisfaction Rate for Students who have completed the Mid Michigan College Medical Assistant Program is 100% for 2018-2022.
  • The 5-Year Average for the Employer Satisfaction Rate was 100% for Mid Michigan College MA Program Graduates for 2018-2022.
  • The Employer Satisfaction Rate for Mid Michigan College MA Program Graduates was 100% for the 2022 Cohort.
  • The 5-Year Average for the Retention Rate was 84% for Mid Michigan College MA Program for 2018-2022.

Hear from a recent Medical Assistant program graduate

"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."

Brenda

Related Programs & Pathways

CONTACT
Dean of Health Sciences

Barb Wieszciecinski

Phone
(989) 317-4625

bwieszciecinski@midmich.edu

CONTACT
Lead Instructor

Jan Noteboom

Phone
(989) 386-6622 x315

jnoteboom@midmich.edu