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How long does it take to complete the medical assistant program?

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.

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