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Medical Assistant

Associate's Degree

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Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$22,870 to $45,310*
Tuition and fees:
$26,495 to $28,929
Program length:
77 weeks

If you have already earned a medical assistant diploma or certificate, and want additional skills that could help you advance further in your career, our Medical Assistant Associate’s degree program may be a good choice. (Military veterans with qualifying education benefits may be eligible to enroll in this program without having earned a diploma or certificate.)

A Medical Assistant Program Focusing on Diverse Skills

Earning a Medical Assistant associate’s degree could help you advance in the health care field by giving you the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in a Medical Assistant diploma program and in the workplace. This higher credential could lead to higher pay, advancement or leadership positions.

The Medical Assistant associate’s degree program at Brightwood College is designed to help you become a well-rounded member of a health care team by enhancing your management and human resources skills, knowledge of electronic medical records, office/administrative skills and more. The computer technology and word processing facets of the curriculum, for instance, could increase your potential for job placement.

Career-Focused Curriculum

The demand for medical assistants is high – with a national, projected growth of 23% – but the health care industry is competitive. That means you may need additional education and training to help you stand out. This program offers a comprehensive set of medical assistant courses that includes hands-on training in both administrative and clinical responsibilities, taught by faculty members who have professional experience in their fields.

In this associate’s degree program, you will have an opportunity to build upon the knowledge and skills you have gained in your Medical Assistant diploma/certificate program. The curriculum includes courses focusing on:

  • Communication, oral and written
  • Ethical behaviors
  • Cultural awareness
  • Health data management
  • Electronic medical records systems
  • Medical office operation
  • Human resource management
  • Health services delivery systems and legal issues
  • Improved and enhanced clinical competencies

As part of the program curriculum, you will be required to complete a practicum, which offers you an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting.

Job Opportunities for Medical Assistants

Students completing the Medical Assistant associate’s degree program may seek positions in a doctor's office or other medical facility as a medical assistant, clinical laboratory aide, blood bank donor unit assistant, front office assistant manager, or back office laboratory assistant. Other positions may be attainable depending on your work experience, location and other factors.

Medical Assistant Certification

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field. In some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Eligible graduates of our medical assistant program one or more of the following certification exams:

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, sponsored by the American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus catalog to determine which may be available to graduates from your location.

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Admissions Requirement: Students must have completed a medical assistant diploma program or equivalent to enroll in this program. Please see the campus catalog for details.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for medical assistants was $31,540 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,310. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at (visited September 07, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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