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Medical Assisting Certificate

Purdue University Global's Medical Assisting Certificate offers students the opportunity to learn skills needed for entry-level positions in medical offices and laboratories. Keep reading to discover more details about this online certificate program offered through Purdue University Global.

Official Program Name:

Medical Assistant Certificate

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this Medical Assisting Certificate program should be interested in preparing for a career in a medical office and have strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills. Applicants to Purdue University Global will need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent; certain programs might have additional requirements for admission.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Medical Assistant Certificate program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to perform laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures. The courses in this program cover the administrative tasks required of a medical assistant as well as the basic clinical tasks - such as taking vital signs, giving injections, or recording EKGs - and the ethical and legal requirements for working in healthcare settings. While the coursework can be completed online, students will also need to complete a clinical experience at an approved site. Upon completion, graduates could be qualified to take certification exams, such as the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), and Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC).

Learning Format:


Program Length:

57 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Medical Assistant Certificate:

To earn this certificate, students must complete 12 required courses and a medical assisting externship. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global for the most accurate information before enrolling.

Medical Assistant Certificate Courses (57 credits)

  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Coding and Insurance
  • Professionalism in Health Care
  • Clinical Competencies I
  • Clinical Competencies II
  • Clinical Competencies III
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this program may choose to continue their education by enrolling in a related associate's degree program. They could choose programs in health care administration, or they may choose to further their clinical knowledge by enolling in programs like nursing. Some of the programs they could consider include:

  • Associate of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Associate of Science in Health Information Management
  • Associate of Science in Medical Technology
  • Associate of Science in Nursing

Career Paths:

The Medical Assistant Certificate program at Purdue Global is intended to prepare graduates for entry-level work in medical labs and in a variety of clinics and physicians' offices. Duties might include assisting doctors in preparing patients and working with tests such as urinalysis, venipuncture, and electrocardiograms.

Entry-level positions that graduates might pursue include the following:

  • Medical assistant
  • Clinical laboratory medical assistant
  • Blood bank assistant
  • Administrative medical assistant

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