Medical Assistant Programs Online and On Campus


Ranked #8 Best Health Care Support Job for 2019 according to U.S. News & World Report

If you have the personality to put patients at ease and the skills to provide office support, you could have a great future as a medical assistant.  Start your medical assistant career in as little as 10 months with our diploma program or earn your associate degree in  as little as 16-20 months,  and you'll be trained to be a vital part of day-to-day work at healthcare facilities and doctors' offices.

What is a medical assistant?

Medical Assistants perform hands-on patient care (such as taking blood pressure and drawing blood) as well as taking a patient’s medical history.  As a medical assistant you may be asked to perform administrative and clerical duties as well such as filing patient records, making appointments and keeping the examination rooms clean and neat.

With the right education and certification, you'll have greater opportunities and career growth.

Associate Degree

16-20 Months / 60 Credits

Diploma - Akron Campus

12 Months / 42 Credits


10 Months / 34 Credits


Classes start August 5.
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Ranked #5 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report

Medical Assisting Career Paths

Medical assistants can choose employment that best suits their strengths. If you excel at administrative support duties or find that you do not enjoy working around blood, an administrative role could make use of your organizational skills. If you prefer to provide direct patient care, a clinical role would be the best path. This role could include collecting lab specimens, explaining medical procedures and medications to patients, and recording vital signs (duties vary according to state law). Or,  as a medical assistant you may wish to incorporate both clinical and administrative duties into your daily work routine and choose to work in a smaller office that requires a medical assistant who can perform both functions.

Work Environment

With a career as a medical assistant, you can typically expect a 40-hour work week with full benefits (such as 401(k), paid vacation, and medical/dental insurance), although part-time and weekend shifts are often available. About 73% of medical assistants build careers in general practice or specialty physicians’ offices while 12% work in hospitals.  The remainder are employed by other patient-care facilities such as long-term care homes and outpatient clinics.

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As a medical assistant graduate of Herzing University, you'll be provided with the skills and capabilities needed to work in a private medical practice, public clinic, nursing home, and critical care facility as well as at a hospital and immediate care facility.  Explore the path that best suits your career goals.

Medical Assisting Services Program Curriculum

Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services6016
Diploma in Medical Assisting Services4212
Diploma in Medical Assisting3410
*Average number of months for students to complete program attending  full-time; Akron's Associate Degree can be completed in as little as 20 months.

Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Services

This program, offered through the Herzing Akron campus and online at all campuses with the exception of Herzing Minneapolis, adds the general education courses that are required for an associate degree to the diploma program’s curriculum, which will give you greater advancement opportunities.  View Program Course Sheet

Diploma in Medical Assisting Services

Available at Herzing Akron Campus, this program could be a first step in becoming a medical assistant. Herzing's Diploma in Medical Assisting Services program provides the basic capabilities needed for entry-level positions in both doctor’s offices and hospitals View Program Course Sheet

Diploma in Medical Assisting

Herzing's Diploma in Medical Assisting program is fully online and could be your pathway toward a rewarding healthcare career. You'll be able to access, review and complete your studies from practically anywhere, and you will have easy access to your instructors, advisers and student cohort through chat, phone and other resources when you need it most.  View Program Course Sheet

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

Registered Medical Assistant

Graduates of Herzing's Medical Assisting Services programs may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by American Medical Technologists.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Graduates of Medical Assisting Services program may be eligible to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification offered by the National Healthcareer Association.

Advancing Your Education

When greater career options are calling you, Herzing University is here to help you advance your education. You can move from medical assisting into leadership or management positions in healthcare by earning a bachelor's degree in healthcare management.

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Accreditation & Approvals

Herzing University - Akron Campus

The Diploma in Medical Assisting Services program at the Akron Campus of Herzing University, 1600 South Arlington, Akron, OH has a retention rate of 82.35% for the admission cohorts that entered in 2016. This rate is based on the Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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