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Medical Assistant Online Programs
Herzing University

Choose your online medical assisting educational pathway

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
ProgramsMultiple undergraduate options: choose a diploma or associate degree program
Program length10-20 months
Transfer creditUp to 18-45 approved credits
FormatOnline classes + hands-on clinical labs & externship
CertificationPrepare for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam – we pay for your first attempt!
PathwaysDiscover career advancement possibilities in one of Herzing’s many bachelor’s degree options in healthcare
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Take classes online and find your calling in healthcare

Enjoying a rewarding career while making an impact in your community IS possible. Become a medical assistant, become qualified for your first job and earn valuable training and experience in a healthcare institution. Medical assisting can be an excellent springboard to further career opportunities in healthcare.

Medical assisting offers you unique opportunity to get a fast start in a rapidly growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical assistants will rise 19% from 2019-2029, much faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Go back to school to earn your medical assistant training in as little as 10 months with our diploma program - or earn your associate degree in as few as 16-20 months. You'll be trained to be a vital part of day-to-day work at healthcare facilities and doctors' offices.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: take classes on your schedule, at your pace
  • Offered online with labs and externship
  • Flexibility: choose full or part-time options
  • Advance your career: continue your undergraduate education with Herzing bachelor’s degree pathways in health sciences, healthcare administration—or even nursing

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. Your first step is getting educated.

Classes Start March 6th

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Pathways

Follow your career pathway with Herzing

Diploma in Medical Assisting Online Program
  • Program length: 10 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Diploma in Medical Assisting
Associate Degree in Medical Office Administration Program
  • Program length: 20 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Services
Bachelor's Degree Pathway Options in Medical Assisting
Bachelor’s degree
healthcare programs

Transfer credit into bachelor’s degree programs in health sciences or healthcare administration.

Clinicals

Clinicals & externship: how the program works

There are two requirements to complete the medical assisting program outside of regular classes:

Clinical labs

Two terms prior to the externship, you will be required to take two clinical courses. Most coursework will be completed online, but you will also be required to meet with a proctor at a healthcare facility (possibly a Herzing campus) to demonstrate mastery in medical assisting skills. Prior to your labs you will need to take and pass a Student Readiness Training (SRT) proctorship. You must complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR class from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross as part of the requirement.

Externship

You will complete 180 hours at a medical clinic or doctor’s office in an eight-week period during your final term—Monday-Friday during daytime hours. Depending on the requirements of your externship site, expect about 25-40 hours per week. Herzing’s clinical coordinator can assist you in your search, but it will be your responsibility to locate and secure a proctor and externship site in your geographic area during your Student Readiness Training Seminar (SRT).

Finding a proctor for your clinicals. Herzing’s Proctor Prep SRT seminar provides guidance on how to search and secure a proctor to assist in your clinical courses. This course is usually scheduled two terms before the first clinical course. In order to succeed, you’ll need to be in frequent communication with the SRT instructor. You will have access to a clinical coordinator who will assist in your search, but ultimately it is your responsibility to secure proctorship.

Contact us and we can provide answers to any further questions you have about the clinical/externship component of the medical assisting program.

Certification

Get educated and certified

Our goal is to maximize your chance of finding a job as soon as possible after graduation.

That’s why both our diploma and associate degree curriculums include prep for key medical assisting certification exams:

  • Diploma program: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Associate degree program: Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from the American Medical Technologists (AMT)

In each program we pay for your first attempt upon successful completion of the program.

After earning your diploma or degree and a certification you’ll be ready to become a vital contributor for a team of healthcare professionals.1

Classes Start March 6th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Possibilities

Your many career possibilities in medical assisting

Medical assistants are typically responsible for a variety of clinical and administrative tasks, including scheduling appointments, insurance claims, preparing exam rooms, taking patients’ weight and vital signs, drawing blood and potentially much more. Exact scope of practice will vary by state, and every employer will have their own expectations depending on the position.

Medical Assistant Ranked #11 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2023 by U.S. News & World Report

You will collaborate with nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals to deliver the best possible patient care. This can be a really good next step for current nursing assistants (CNA) looking to advance their healthcare career outside of nursing.

Medical assisting represents a strong foundation to not only join a growing field, but to gain meaningful healthcare experience and advance your career to the next level.

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to increase 18% from 2020-2030, much faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Now is a great time to begin working towards becoming a medical assistant and join a career path poised for excellent growth.

More interested in an administrative role? If you have a preference for office administration tasks more so than direct patient care, you can pursue an education directly focused on these areas. Learn more about our online medical office administration program (diploma and associate degree options available).

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical assistants typically have a greater role in patient care, and may perform tasks like taking vital signs, providing injections or medications or aiding in patient exams.

Medical office/administrative assistants practice in a clerical role rather than in direct patient care, responsible for organizing patient records, scheduling appointments, answering phones or filing paperwork.

While practical nurses (LPN) and medical assistants often perform similar tasks, there are a few key differences to be aware of, including:

  • Educational requirements
  • Average salary
  • Scope of practice
  • Ongoing career opportunities
  • Future outlook for jobs

Learn more about the difference between practical nursing and medical assisting.

Because medical assistants can wear so many different hats there are many important skills needed to thrive in different healthcare environments:

  • Professionalism. In many positions you will need to handle customer service tasks, basic patient care and clearly communicate physician information to patients. Medical assistants must demonstrate professionalism and tact when interacting with patients.
  • Attention to detail. Medical assistants may gather patient contact or insurance information and keep medical records organized. You must be meticulous and highly detail oriented to succeed.
  • Compassion. Making patients comfortable and empathizing with their concerns is crucial ensuring patients are calm and collected for medical procedures.
  • Multi-tasking. Staying organized and measured in the face of quickly changing circumstances and a lengthy “to-do” list will make you indispensable to a healthcare team.

These are just a few key medical assistant skills that will help you excel in medical assisting and beyond to many other career opportunities in healthcare.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the most common places of employment for medical assistants:

  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Offices of other health practitioners
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Retirement communities / assisted living

Beginning your career as a medical assistant is a great way to build a strong foundational education in healthcare, gain meaningful real-world experience and prepare yourself to continue growing professionally.

What is the next level after medical assistant? It depends on your strengths, preferences and overall career goals in healthcare.

Many fields in healthcare are potential landing spots for medical assistants looking to specialize or branch into a new career path, including healthcare management, health information management, nursing (you may consider going from medical assistant to RN), and more.

Herzing University offers many degree and diploma programs for practicing medical assistants to take a leap and embark on a new career path. Our health sciences degree program is designed to help you complete your bachelor's degree and advance your career to the next level.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical assistants earn an average salary of $38,190 per year ($18.36 per hour).* As you earn more experience and gain more skills, your earning opportunity will improve.

The BLS also projects growing demand for medical assistants in coming years, predicting an 18% change in employment from 2020-2030. It’s a good time to get your foot in the door and work towards your new career.

Discover how much a medical assistant makes by state.

The online medical assisting program (both diploma & degree) feature three main components:

  1. Online classes. Much of the coursework can be completed in the online component of the program.
  2. Clinical labs. You will be required to complete two clinical courses and meet with a proctor outside of class to ensure you are mastering key medical assisting skills.
  3. Externship. Over an eight-week period during your final term you will be required to complete 180 hours of hands-on experience in a medical clinic or healthcare facility. We can guide you in your search, but it is your responsibility to find and secure an externship site.

Our goal is to fully prepare you to thrive in your new career. The clinical and externship hands-on component of the program is crucial to helping you get the experience you need to become a medical assistant right out of school.

How long it takes to become a medical assistant depends on what level of education you pursue. Partner with Herzing University and you can expect a range of 8 months–20 months 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: 8 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.

A career in medical assisting involves a diverse array of roles and responsibilities. Depending on the practice you work for and department you are in, your normal everyday tasks can vary widely.

Potential tasks include (but not limited to):

  • Answering the phone and greeting patients
  • Informing physicians about patient concerns
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Gather patient information: contact info, insurance info, etc.
  • Measuring patient vital signs
  • Taking blood pressure, pulse and respirations
  • Setting up exam rooms for procedures
  • Visual and hearing tests
  • Drawing blood
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Making patients comfortable during an appointment

No matter what’s required in your day-to-day experience on the job, what ties everything together is your professionalism, care for patients and attention to detail. Your resourcefulness will make you a valuable resource in a fast-paced healthcare environment.

Read more about a typical day in the life of a medical assistant and what you can expect after getting a job in the field.

Your choice depends on the career path you’d like to pursue.

If your number one priority is finding a job as a medical assistant as quickly as possible, a diploma program may be a better choice. You can earn a diploma in a year or less when attending full-time and be ready to enter the workforce as a certified medical assistant.

If you envision medical assisting as step one on a long career path in healthcare, you may prefer to choose the associate degree program. In addition to core medical assisting courses, you will take general education classes you can transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in the future. Baccalaureate options for medical assistants include healthcare administration, health sciences and health information management. Earning an associate degree will likely only take a few months longer and position you very well for the next step in your education.

Change Your Life with a Degree From Herzing

Herzing University is here to help change your life for the better. By enrolling, Herzing will work with you to help earn your degree and make you possible.

"I chose Herzing University because I felt like part of the Herzing family before I even began school," says Herzing University student Marquita.

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The introduction of students to the overall operation of the physician's office is the basic objective of this diploma program. Students are trained to assist the physician in the examination room, perform routine laboratory procedures, and handle financial records, correspondence, insurance forms, and other administrative functions. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students to successfully gain entry level employment as a medical assistant.

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1. Certification in this program is not a state requirement.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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