How long does it take to become a medical assistant?
How long it takes depends on what level of education you pursue. Partner with Herzing University and you can expect a range of 10 months–2 years to get your education, get certified and start looking for a medical assistant position, depending on whether you choose a diploma or degree program.
The following timelines are based on full-time status:
Associate degree: 16-20 months
Diploma – online program: 10 months
Diploma – Akron campus: 12 months
After earning your degree or diploma, we recommend becoming certified as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) even if it isn’t required in your state. With a diploma/degree and a certification, you’ll be positioned well for your first job.