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Overview

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 12 months with our diploma program or earn your associate degree in 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

20 Months / 60 Credits

Diploma

12-16 Months / 43 Credits

 

Classes start October 30.
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Careers

Ranked #18 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2017 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. Some common position titles for medical assistant program graduates include:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Clerk

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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Curriculum

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

ProgramsCreditsMonths*
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting Services6020
Diploma in Medical Assisting Services4312-16
*Average number of months for students to complete program
 

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting Services

This program, offered through the Herzing Akron campus, 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

This program could be a first step in becoming a medical assistant. Herzing's diploma in medical assiting program provides the basic capabilities needed for entry-level positions in both doctor’s offices and hospitals.  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 Medical Assistant

Graduates of Medical Assisting Services program through Herzing's Akron campus, specially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

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.

Going Back to School to Create the Next Chapter

Locations

Degree Programs
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting Services
Diploma in Medical Assisting Services
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Diploma in Medical Assisting Services
= Campus | = Online

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Accreditation & Approvals

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Herzing University - Akron Campus

The five-year weighted average for Retention of the Diploma in Medical Assisting Services program at Akron Campus of Herzing University, 1600 South Arlington, Akron, OH is 87.80%, based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

2016 Annual Report

MAERB

Akron Campus of Herzing University

YearRetention 
>=60%
201594.44%
201487.50%
201390.91%
201283.33%
201187.50%
5 year87.80%
  

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