Medical Assisting

Medical assisting student preps a needle

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are prepared to function as multi-skilled workers in different healthcare settings.

Medical assistants manage office responsibilities in physicians' offices, clinics, medical departments in industry and government, and other ambulatory care centers. Graduates prepare patients for examinations, take vital signs, obtain specimens, and administer medications under the supervision of a physician. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination.

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Medical Assisting Certificate

Career Opportunities

Medical assistants are tasked with administrative and clinical duties in doctors’ offices, urgent care facilities, hospitals, and other outpatient care settings. With the aging of baby boomers, more medical assistants are being hired to help with healthcare services in the above setting at a rate much higher then many other job fields.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Funds may be available for eligible students through the CSM Foundation which has been made possible from generous donations from organizations and individuals who wish to provide financial assistance to our students. This workforce training certificate is also an eligible program for the Workforce Sequence Scholarship.

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CCMA to RMA Pathway 

Help keep your community safe and healthy as a medical assistant.

These multiskilled professionals perform a wide range of patient care and administrative responsibilities throughout the healthcare field.

The CCMA to RMA Pathway is a seamless progression that enables students to quickly break into and advance in a rewarding career in medical assisting.

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) workforce training certificate: Acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s CCMA national certification exam and be ready for entry-level positions—in just three months.
  • Medical Assisting Certificate: Expand your professional expertise and access further career opportunities with CSM’s Medical Assisting Certificate program. Prepare for the Registered Medical Assistant national certification exam with this 12-month, 34-credit academic program.

Students who complete CSM’s CCMA workforce training certificate program and pass the CCMA certification exam receive academic credit for one course required for the Medical Assisting Certificate program (three credits).

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