Earn Your Accredited Associate Degree
Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need:
- Record patient histories and process billing information
- Schedule patient appointments and manage electronic health records
- Help the physician with patient examinations
As a Medical Assistant student with Penn Foster, you can learn at your own pace, gaining new skills in a flexible, convenient way. Earn your accredited degree online and at home, or wherever you choose.
How It Works
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Here’s what you can expect when you enroll online or call 1-800-275-4410:
- 15 credits of General Studies for Medical Assistants and three semesters of core courses
- Books and learning aids
- Expert instructional support
- Access to student services by phone, message board, and email
- Chat with students and faculty, find study partners, and join tutoring sessions on the Community
- Additional resources like our online library, student resource pages, and career guidance from Career Cruising
- Graduate debt free with interest-free, low monthly payments
Certification for Medical Assistants
Certification or licensing is generally not required for employment, but may be the personal preference of an employer. The American Medical Technologist Association requires a high school diploma in order to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Certification.
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Graduates of the Penn Foster College Medical Assistant degree program are eligible to sit for both the RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) and CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) examinations.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm