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Affordable, Flexible Online Classes in Medical Assisting

The medical assistant career diploma offered through Penn Foster College allows students to build an understanding of fundamental concepts in Allied Health around their schedule, on the go. The career diploma track is geared toward students who want to work as a medical assistant, but who don’t need to complete a college degree.

Why Work in Allied Health?

Allied Health professionals cover a broad area of healthcare jobs that require training and, often, certification or licensing, but aren’t doctors, physicians, or nurses. With a steadily aging population and a need for dedicated workers in various healthcare roles, now’s the perfect time to begin training to become a medical assistant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 23% growth in medical assistant jobs¹ through 2028, much faster than average.

Certifications for Medical Assistants

The online medical assistant diploma can help students prepare to sit for a number of industry certification exams such as

  • American Medical Technologists (AMT) Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Certification
  • The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • The National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) certification offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • The Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) offered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Certified or registered medical assistants are needed in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, physician’s practices, nursing homes, clinics, chiropractic offices, laboratories, and more. Because medical assistants fill two necessary roles in a medical workplace - as an administrator and a clinical healthcare professional - developing an understanding of health insurance, electronic medical records, pharmacology, and diagnostic procedures is necessary to taking the first steps toward a successful career in the role.

Why Choose Penn Foster College?

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On-demand learning
Don’t wait for a class to start - you decide when to begin with our self-paced learning platform.
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Set your goals and pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
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Experienced faculty
You’ll have access to dedicated, experienced instructors through the help center of your Student Portal.
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Proven reputation
With over 125 years of experience as a distance education school and nationally accredited college, you’re in good hands.
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Mobile friendly
Take your medical assistant program with you wherever you go. Our custom-designed learning platform is easy to use at home or on the move.
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Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with students and alumni in your career area on the Penn Foster Student Community.

Medical Assistant Career Diploma Online Curriculum

Our online Medical Assistant Career Diploma program includes courses that cover the foundational concepts and skills essential to being an effective employee in the field. From Introduction to Allied Health to Clinical Procedures, your self-paced classes can prepare you to work towards becoming a certified or registered medical assistant. You’ll learn the practical application of your studies through live-action and animated videos, interactive simulations, and a 160-hour externship. If you’re interested in furthering your studies, you may be able to transfer your work and continue your education with our Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program or the Healthcare Management Associate Degree Program offered through Penn Foster College.

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Medical Assistant Diploma Tuition

Prepare to take the next step toward a career you enjoy with our affordable, online Medical Assistant Career Diploma program offered through Penn Foster College. Your tuition includes in-depth courses, interactive simulations and videos, and more.
Allied Health Career Programs

Penn Foster offers several Allied Health programs geared to helping students prepare to take the next step toward their career goals. Find out which program is right for you.

FAQ

Q. What is the job description for a Medical Assistant?

A. Medical assistants complete both administrative and clinical tasks in an outpatient setting. While job duties can vary depending on their work environment, most assistants are responsible for collecting and recording patient information, measuring patient vital signs, scheduling appointments, and administering injections or medications at the direction of the doctor or physician’s assistant.

Q. How can I become a certified Medical Assistant?

A. Becoming a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) most often requires successful completion of a medical assistant career program or college degree. After completing a recognized program, the next step is to sit for and pass an industry exam such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Once you’ve earned your certification, you’ll need to maintain the credential by recertifying after a certain time period and completing continuing education requirements.

Q. Where can Medical Assistants work?

A. Most medical assistants work full-time and find positions in doctor’s offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, and other medical offices.

Q. What is the salary for a Medical Assistant?

A. While pay can vary by region, experience, and work environment, the average annual salary for medical assistants in 2018 was $33,610.¹

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