Earn Your Medical Assistant Degree Online

Learn healthcare fundamentals — from clinical procedures to anatomy and physiology​ — with our affordable, online Medical Assistant Associate Degree. Medical assistant jobs are expected to increase by 23% in upcoming years, so upon graduation you'll be one step closer to joining this fast growing field.¹​
Prepare for Industry Certifications
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree can help you prepare to sit for these industry certifications.
  • The Registered Medical Assistant certification (RMA) offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certificate (CCMA) offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • The National Certified Medical Assistant certificate (NCMA) offered by National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • The Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) offered by American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Prep Materials

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Prep Materials

Graduates of this program will receive NHA certification prep materials and a voucher to cover the cost of the CCMA exam. These valuable certification prep materials are available to graduates at no additional charge and will help you prepare to sit for your Medical Assistant certificate exam.
Why Choose Penn Foster College?
At up to $79 per credit, and 3 easy payment plans to choose from, we can help you fit college into your budget.
On-Demand Learning
On-Demand Learning
No set class schedules so you set the pace and study when you can. Access instructors and coaches through text, phone and email or chat with fellow classmates online.
Prepare for in-demand careers
Prepare for in-demand careers
You can gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to move toward success along a new or existing career path.
Mobile Friendly
Mobile-Friendly Flexibility
Our 24/7, on-demand learning platform is easy to use – at home or on the go – and you decide when to start and take your classes.
Hands-on Training
Hands-on Training
Gain hands-on, real-world experience during your externship, which you can add to your resume or job applications!
All-Inclusive Program
Your tuition includes access to instructors and teaching assistants, all of your digital textbooks, unlimited career support and even a personal Success Coach!

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Why Become a Medical Assistant?

Discover how you can play an important role in the care and well-being of patients with our Medical Assistant Associate Degree program. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average medical assistant salary is $34,800 per year.¹ Learn healthcare concepts that you will use regularly in your medical assistant job, including medical terminology, coding, and transcription, and apply your knowledge in a real world setting with an externship in a medical setting. Study on your own schedule at a price that fits your budget, paying just $79 a credit.
Why Become a Medical Assistant?
Student Experience
A Customized Learning Experience
With interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is an online learning experience like no other!
Medical Assistant Course Details
Learn how to record patient histories and process billing information, schedule patient appointments and manage electronic health records, and help physicians with patient examinations. Our courses are designed to help you prepare for the healthcare industry. See the full curriculum here:
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Medical Assistant training online today.
  • My education with Penn Foster helped me take the next step in my career by giving me the knowledge I needed to feel comfortable in a clinic setting caring for patients.
    Tayha C.
    Medical Assistant Graduate
  • It feels good to know I completed a course debt free learning exactly what I needed to know to succeed.
    Haleema N.
    Penn Foster Graduate
  • I recommend Penn Foster to friends, family, coworkers, or anyone who has a desire to make something out of themselves by advancing their education and learning new things.
    Jeffery D.
    Penn Foster Graduate


Q. What is the salary for a Medical Assistant role?

A.Medical assistants have a median salary of $34,800 per year,¹ and job growth is projected to increase much faster than average in the next several years.

Q. What can I do with a Medical Assistant Associate Degree?

A. The largest employers of medical assistants are state, local, and private hospitals, physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, and chiropractic offices. Medical assistants can also find employment in places such as drug and rehab facilities, assisted living centers, and nursing homes.

Q. How much does a Medical Assistant Associate Degree cost?

A. Tuition costs up to $79 per credit, with the semester fee adjusting slightly based on our current offer. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

Q. Is the Medical Assistant degree accredited?

A. Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Q. What Medical Assistant skills will I learn in this degree program?

A. Skills covered in the Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program include fundamentals like psychology, pharmacology, medical coding, reiumbursement methodologies, law, ethics, and confedentiality, medical terminology, medical surgical procedures, clinical procedure theory, and other Allied Health basics. College level courses also build a well-rounded skill set in areas such as computer and information literacy, written and interpersonal skills, humanities, liberal arts, math, and sciences.

Q. Where Can I Work as a Medical Assistant?

A. If a fast-paced career in healthcare interests you, look no further than the Medical Assistant field. While the majority of medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, those with a Medical Assistant degree may also work in state, local, and private hospitals, as well as outpatient care centers and even chiropractors’ offices. Most Medical Assistants work full time, and are often required to keep flexible work schedules around evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Q. What certification will I receive from the Medical Assistant program?

A. Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program, graduates will earn a degree in the field. Certification is offered through independent third parties and cannot be awarded by a school. However, the Penn Foster Medical Assistant Degree prepares you to sit for industry exams and includes prep materials for the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certification, as well as a voucher to cover the cost of the exam.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet here (visited June 08, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.