Medical Assisting Certificate
The Medical Assisting Certificate Program uses a combination of classroom work, lab sessions and “on-the-job” training to educate you in the necessary front and back office skills to become a medical assistant. You will learn how to record patient information, schedule appointments, assist physicians with examinations, perform phlebotomy, and give patient injections.
Following graduation, you can sit for a national certification exam to become a credentialed medical assistant and fill a variety of roles in hospitals, physician offices, and other outpatient settings.
The 10-year job outlook shows the need for credentialed medical assistants will increase by almost 30 percent, which is must faster than the average job outlook (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
How is the Medical Assisting Certificate Program unique?
Our college’s location on the Aultman Hospital campus immerses you in a health care environment and provides unique networking opportunities for careers following graduation. MA students have access to practicums at Aultman’s various locations and gain valuable experience working with patients from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following standards:
- Minimum ACT composite score of 20
- Minimum SAT combined score of 1030 (950 if prior to March 2016)
- ACCUPLACER Next Generation score: minimum 250 in Reading (to schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER Next Generation, please call 330-363-6347)
- Completion of a 100-level college math course and a 100-level college writing course with a minimum grade of B (3.0) from a regionally accredited institution within the past three years from the date of application
Click here for the medical assisting information sheet, which shows the complete list of courses required for the program.
The Medical Assisting Practicum provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the cognitive objectives and to practice the psychomotor and affective competencies that they have achieved during their coursework. The practicum is 160 contact hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting, and the student is supervised by an individual who has knowledge of the medical assisting profession. While in the practicum, the student will perform a wide range of clinical and administrative skills.
Settings for practicums include physician offices, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, addiction/mental health clinics, dialysis centers, laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, pain management clinics, and more.
Program Accreditation and Licensure Information
The Medical Assisting Certificate program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).
Aultman College is formally affiliated with American Medical Technologists (AMT), a national certification agency for allied health professionals. Students completing the Medical Assistant program are eligible to sit for the AMT's Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination. Aultman College is affiliated with National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a national certification agency. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam as well as the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.
The Medical Assisting Certificate program at Aultman College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation may be able to sit for the CMA (AAMA) exam as part of a special pilot program. For more information, visit: https://www.aama-ntl.org/cma-aama-exam/eligibility-pilot-program
To view the Gainful Employment Disclosure Data, click here.
Admission Deadlines for the Medical Assisting Certificate Program
- August 1 for fall semester