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How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

We're here to connect you with the resources you need to launch your first career in healthcare and earn your medical assistant certification. Visit our degree guides and career center to learn more about medical assisting or select your state’s page to learn how to become a medical assistant where you live. Ready to find a school? Get started with our extensive directory of over 1,400 accredited campus and online medical assistant programs.

Best Online Medical Assistant Programs

Best Online Medical Assistant Programs Methodology

Certified medical assistants ensure that services provided in physician’s offices, clinics and other healthcare settings run smoothly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants will see 29% growth in the next decade, a notably faster than average rate. Accredited online medical assistant programs offer highly accessible and flexible options for working professionals to complete their education and earn their medical assistant certification through the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam. Other benefits of choosing a medical assistant program online include more individualized attention, increased group discussion, self-paced learning and a flexible schedule.

Medical assistants’ training usually bridges the gap between administrative and clinical support. Online medical assistant programs may focus on one or the other, but generally cover topics such as lab techniques, medical terminology, clinical procedures, medical office procedures, ethics, patient relations and medical law. Medical assistant online programs all vary in format, but all feature virtual meetings, group discussions and digital assignments.

Choosing online education opens the floodgates to more programs than those offered solely on-site. We’ve found the best medical assistant programs online for you to ease the burden of your search. If you are interested in joining the burgeoning field of medical assistants or earning a certification, explore our list of the top online medical assistant programs to find the program that best fits your needs.

School Degree Type Tuition  
  1. 1 Ross College-Sylvania

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 10,800 (total tuition)
    Ross College-Sylvania
    Address
    5834 Monroe Street, Suite F-J
    Sylvania, OH 43560
    (419) 882-3203
    Tuition
    $10,800 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ABHES

    Quick Facts

    • This program is designed for those already holding a medical assistant diploma/certificate who seek to expand their skills in areas such as communication, psychology, sociology, nutrition or biology.
    • Within the administrative track, students can study computer software applications, healthcare information management and medical law or ethics.
    • In the clinical track, students can study emergency response, health assessment and pathophysiology.
  2. 2 Blue Cliff College-Alexandria

    Certificate
    $ 31,525 (total tuition)
    Blue Cliff College-Alexandria
    Address
    1505 Metro Dr Ste 1
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    (318) 445-2778
    Tuition
    $31,525 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC

    Quick Facts

    • This online medical assistant program functions as a hybrid; students complete the first half of the program on-campus and the second half is taken online.
    • Course topics include phlebotomy/hematology techniques, health records management, electrocardiography and others.
    • Trained and licensed on-campus instructors from Blue Cliff design and teach the courses featured online.
  3. 3 Midwest Institute

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 14,755 (total tuition)
    Midwest Institute
    Address
    964 South Highway Drive
    Fenton, MO 63026
    (314) 344-4440
    Tuition
    $14,755 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ABHES

    Quick Facts

    • This program is a hybrid; students complete the degree both on-campus and online.
    • All instructors at Midwest Institute are registered nurses or medical personnel.
    • Instructors work one-on-one with students to prepare them for working with patients.
  4. 4 College of Health Care Professions-Northwest

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 17,000 (total tuition)
    College of Health Care Professions-Northwest
    Address
    240 Northwest Mall
    Houston, TX 77092
    (713) 425-3100
    Tuition
    $17,000 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ABHES

    Quick Facts

    • The Boost Program, the student assistance program offered by the College of Health Care Professions Online, offers counseling and other services to help students balance their personal and academic lives.
    • Clinical experience is covered over the course of three weekends at a local campus.
    • This program offers career placement after students finish the degree.
    • The College of Health Care Professions is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for both degree and non-degree programs.
    • For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, http://www.chcp.edu/disclosures
  5. 5 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

    N/A
    Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
    Address

    Quick Facts

    • This program prepares students for clinical duties like measuring vital signs, assisting physicians with exams, administering injections, venipuncture and performing electrocardiograms.
    • Clerical skills are also taught, including how to maintain patient records and prepare insurance claims.
    • After completing the program, students should be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credentialing exam given by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), as well as the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) exam.
  6. 6 Pinnacle Career Institute

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 13,503 (total tuition)
    Pinnacle Career Institute
    Address
    1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 325
    Kansas City, MO 64131-3367
    (816) 331-5700
    Tuition
    $13,503 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ACICS

    Quick Facts

    • The medical assistant program lasts approximately 12 months.
    • Students complete the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam, CPR certification and First Aid Exam all before graduating.
    • Students attend a week long boot camp that involves 60 hours of hands-on practice in a lab.
  7. 7 Daytona College

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 27,100 (total tuition)
    Daytona College
    Address
    425 South Nova Road
    Ormond Beach, FL 32174-8445
    (386) 267-0565
    Tuition
    $27,100 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC

    Quick Facts

    • The program is recognized by the American Medical Technologists; students will be eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant exam after graduating.
    • Students also qualify for the EKG Technician Certification (CET), Basic Radiographer exam and Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) after completing the program.
    • Students must complete a capstone course in which they gain experience through an externship.
  8. 8 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    N/A
    San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia
    Address
    8344 W Mineral King Ave
    Visalia, CA 93291-9283
    (559) 734-9000
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    WASC/ACCJC

    Quick Facts

    • There are two credential levels available: Certificate-level Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) program.
    • Graduates of the CAMA program can earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
    • Graduates of both programs are eligible to sit for many certification exams, including the AAMA; the school pays the exam fees for the first exam the student takes after completing the program.
  9. 9 Career Technical College-Monroe

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    N/A
    Career Technical College-Monroe
    Address
    2319 Louisville Ave
    Monroe, LA 71201
    (318) 323-2889
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    ACICS, COE

    Quick Facts

    • This program focuses on the administrative and computer skills needed to assist medical personnel.
    • Career Services department available for alumni of CTC.
    • Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount toward earning a bachelor’s degree at CTC.
  10. 10 Rasmussen College

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    N/A
    Rasmussen College
    Address
    226 Park Avenue South
    St. Cloud, MN 56301-3713
    (320) 251-5600
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    NCACS/THLC

    Quick Facts

    • Unlike other medical assisting programs online, Rasmussen emphasizes supporting students by providing them advisors, virtual events, library and learning resources, a personal support center, career services and a program manager.
    • Typically, online courses are limited to 15-30 students to make it easier for instructors to provide individualized attention.
    • Technical support for students of Rasmussen is offered 24/7, any day of the week.
  11. 11 Charter College-Anchorage

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    N/A
    Charter College-Anchorage
    Address
    2221 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 120
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    (907) 277-1000
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    ACICS

    Quick Facts

    • This program is blended; students take courses on-campus and online.
    • Classes start every five weeks and the program only takes 10 months to complete.
    • An externship of 160-180 hours at a clinic, physician’s office, hospital, HMO or other medical facility nearby is required.
  12. 12 Mitchell Technical Institute

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    $ 16,168 (total tuition)
    Mitchell Technical Institute
    Address
    1800 E. Spruce Street
    Mitchell, SD 57301
    (605) 995-3025
    Tuition
    $16,168 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    NCACS/THLC

    Quick Facts

    • Online support seminars allow students to interact formally with instructors and classmates.
    • MTI reports a 99% job placement rate for their graduates.
    • A clinical internship is required to complete the program; MTI provides resources to help students find the best internship for their needs.
  13. 13 Akron Institute of Herzing University

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    N/A
    Akron Institute of Herzing University
    Address
    1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100
    Akron, OH 44306-3931
    (330) 724-1600
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    NCACS/THLC

    Quick Facts

    • The Diploma in Medical Assisting Services requires 43 credits to graduate, and generally takes 12-16 months to complete.
    • Herzing strives to provide individualized attention to all students, on-site or online.
    • Herzing is the only accredited, private, woman-owned university in the US.
  14. 14 Wright Career College

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    $ 12,700 (total tuition)
    Wright Career College
    Address
    10700 Metcalf Ave
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1616
    (913) 385-7700
    Tuition
    $12,700 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ACICS

    Quick Facts

    • This program is offered in a blended format; students take classes online and within a residential laboratory.
    • Residential laboratories provide hands-on, simulated experience for students.
    • Students will take courses in medical office management, insurance coding, health care information and confidentiality, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and wellness and other subjects.
  15. 15 Vatterott College-Sunset Hills

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    $ 16,000 (total tuition)
    Vatterott College-Sunset Hills
    Address
    12900 Maurer Industrial Dr
    Sunset Hills, MO 63127-1516
    (314) 843-4200
    Tuition
    $16,000 (total tuition)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC

    Quick Facts

    • Students take courses in technical mathematics, medical terminology, pharmacology, laboratory procedures, introduction to medical billing and coding and other subjects.
    • A medical externship is required to complete the program.
    • The Career Services department assists students in their job search post-graduation.
  16. 16 Daymar Institute

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    Bachelors Degree
    N/A
    Daymar Institute
    Address
    340 Plus Park Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37217
    (615) 361-7555
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    ACICS

    Quick Facts

    • Courses covered include electrocardiography, phlebotomy and pathophysiology
    • The curriculum taught at Daymar is based entirely off of the entry-level field requirements for medical assistants.
    • The program aims to build computer skills and general education to improve students’ overall ability to handle social and interpersonal situations on the job.
  17. 17 Valley College-Beckley

    Certificate
    Associates Degree
    N/A
    Valley College-Beckley
    Address
    120 New River Town Center
    Beckley, WV 25801
    (304) 252-9547
    Tuition
    N/A
    Accreditation
    ACICS

    Quick Facts

    • The program takes nine months to complete.
    • Students can test for NHA (National Healthcare Association) certifications.
    • Job placement professionals are available to help students with resume preparation, interview skills and job searches.

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  2. Abdill Career College Inc

    Medford, OR
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  3. Academy College

    Minneapolis, MN
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACICS
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 4 year
  4. Academy of Careers and Technology

    Beckley, WV
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ABHES
    COE
    School Type
    Public, Vocational
  5. Access Careers

    Brooklyn, NY
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  6. Access Careers

    Hempstead, NY
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  7. Ace Computer Training Center

    Forest Hills, NY
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  8. Advanced College

    South Gate, CA
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  9. Advanced Training Associates

    El Cajon, CA
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  10. Aiken Technical College

    Graniteville, SC
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACENNLNAC
    ADA/CDA
    JRCERT
    SACS/CC
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
  11. Alamance Community College

    Graham, NC
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    ADA/CDA
    SACS/CC
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
  12. Alaska Career College

    Anchorage, AK
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  13. Albany Technical College

    Albany, GA
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    ADA/CDA
    COE
    JRCERT
    SACS/CC
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
  14. All-State Career School-Allied Health Campus

    Essington, PA
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACCSC
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  15. Allan Hancock College

    Santa Maria, CA
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    WASC/ACCJC
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
  16. Allegany College of Maryland

    Cumberland, MD
    Degree
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    ACENNLNAC
    ADA/CDA
    AOTA/ACOTE
    APTA/CAPTE
    CMTA
    JRCERT
    MBN
    MSCHE
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
  17. Allen School-Brooklyn

    Brooklyn, NY
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  18. Allen School-Jamaica

    Jamaica, NY
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    COE
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), Vocational
  19. Allen School-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ
    Degree
    Certificate (campus)
    Accreditation
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  20. Allied Health Institute

    Plantation, FL
    Degree
    Associates Degree (online)
    Accreditation
    ABHES
    School Type
    Private (For Profit), 2 year
  21. Alpena Community College

    Alpena, MI
    Degree
    Associates Degree (campus)
    Accreditation
    NCACS/THLC
    School Type
    Public, 2 year
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