Medical Assistant Certificate (Onsite)
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
As of July 5, 2018, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments.
The objective of the Medical Assistant Certificate program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue an entry-level position in the ambulatory medical field. The Medical Assistant Certificate program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program concentrates on helping you acquire knowledge and develop skills in performing laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures in a physician's office or ambulatory care clinic.
Upon graduation, you may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination given by the American Medical Technologists, the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) examination given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) examination given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) examination given by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
Workplace duties may include performing CLIA-waived tests, venipuncture, urinalysis, and electrocardiograms. You may also assist the physician in patient preparation and patient relations.
You will complete clinical instruction in a classroom lab for both MA260 Clinical Competencies I and MA270 Clinical Competencies II. You must also complete an unpaid externship (160 hours) in a physician's office or clinic to complete the course of study. Refer to the General Policies section for criminal background check information and the Progression Requirements section for additional requirements.
The Medical Assistant Certificate program consists of 57 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
- Clinical: Demonstrate the core competencies of medical assisting clinical practice.
- Administrative: Perform clerical and administrative functions required of a medical assistant.
- Standards, Laws, and Ethics: Practice professional, ethical, and legal standards in health care settings.
- Professionalism: Exhibit professional behavior as defined by the health care industry.
- Prior to beginning the first clinical experience, you must provide documentation of completion of an approved health care provider CPR training course. Approved courses include: American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider; Heartsaver CPR; and AED, Healthcare Provider), American Red Cross (Adult and Child CPR with AED; CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer; CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider; BLS/CPR for Healthcare Public Safety; and BLS for Healthcare Providers), and ProCPR (ProFirst Aid blended course for health care providers).
- Prior to the first clinical experience, you are required to submit a health clearance form signed by a MD, DO, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. You will also be required to provide evidence of two MMR vaccines or a positive blood titer; tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years; varicella vaccination, a positive titer, or documentation of disease; negative tuberculin test within the last year; and three Hepatitis B vaccines, a positive titer, or a written waiver opting out of vaccination. If you fail to submit the required immunizations and health clearance, you will be removed from the course prior to the start of the term.
- You will be withdrawn from the program if you are unable to successfully complete the following courses on the second attempt:
Course List Code Title Credits MA260 Clinical Competencies I 5 MA270 Clinical Competencies II 5 MA290 Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation 5
- If you are an onsite medical assisting student reentering the program, and have not completed one or both of the Clinical Competencies I and II courses within 6 months prior to the externship, you will need to successfully complete a competency evaluation prior to enrolling in MA290 Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation.
- If you are entering an onsite CAAHEP-approved program and have completed MA260 Clinical Competencies I, MA270 Clinical Competencies II, HS210 Medical Office Management, and/or HS220 Medical Coding and Insurance or an equivalent course within a non-CAAHEP or ABHES-approved program, these courses will be applied toward the program pending successful completion of a competency evaluation.
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The Medical Assistant Certificate program is designed to prepare you with clinical and administrative skills to provide outstanding patient care. The program is structured to provide appropriate academic preparation if you are interested in pursuing national certification as a medical assistant. After completing the onsite program offered at the Cedar Rapids, Davenport, or Des Moines, Iowa, locations, the Lincoln, Nebraska, location, or the Lewiston and Augusta, Maine, locations, you may be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination, given by the American Medical Technologists, the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) examination given by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) examination given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) examination given by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).
|HS101||Medical Law and Bioethics||5|
|HS200||Diseases of the Human Body||5|
|HS210||Medical Office Management||5|
|HS220||Medical Coding and Insurance||5|
|HS275||Professionalism in Health Care||2|
|MA260||Clinical Competencies I||5|
|MA270||Clinical Competencies II||5|
|SC121||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||5|
|SC131||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||5|
|MA290||Medical Assisting Externship and Evaluation||5|
|Total Major Requirements||57|