Start Your Career as a Medical Assistant

You are one year away from an exciting career in health care. As a certified medical assistant (American Association of Medical Assistants, AAMA) you’ll have options: there are many jobs available in a variety of settings. You can choose the schedule, duties, and environment that works best for you.

Why Medical Assisting School at NWHSU?

  • NWHSU graduates have a 100% job placement rate. They work at clinics throughout the Twin Cities, with adults and children. Medical Assistants perform a wide range of duties. Some examples include: taking patient histories, measuring vitals, charting, and administering injections.
  • You’ll get individualized attention in a flexible program. Many of your classes will be online to better fit your busy schedule. Most medical assistant students come to campus one day per week.
    When you’re here, we make the most of your time. Labs are capped at 6 students, meaning you’ll get individualized instruction from dedicated, experienced instructors.
  • Gain confidence in one-of-a-kind on-site clinics. We’re the only medical assisting program in Minnesota with on-site clinics. Here you’ll start assisting real patients as part of your classwork. At NWHSU, you become comfortable, confident, and competent before doing your externship and entering the workforce.
  • Medical assisting is an ideal entry into the medical field. Many medical assistants go on to nursing school or other further education. Others find long-term success in medical assisting, due to the schedule and varied workplace options. At NWHSU, we offer both a one-year diploma program and a two-year associate’s degree. Whatever your future holds, we can help you get there.

Choose a Path that Fits Your Goals

The Medical Assisting diploma program prepares you to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) (AAMA) exam and start working as a medical assistant in one year (three trimesters). At that point, you will have earned your medical assisting diploma.

The Associate of Applied Science degree may be a good fit if your goals include growing in the medical field. It can be a stepping stone to furthering your education or pursuing specialization and advancement opportunities. This program is 20 months (5 trimesters). You will sit for the CMA exam after three trimesters. You will obtain your medical assistant’s certification and work as a medical assistant during your last two trimesters.

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