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medical assistant


    Video: Medical Assistant

    Program Number: 31-509-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    Moraine Park’s Medical Assistant program prepares students to assist the physician in a variety of clinical tasks. Students develop the skills to take medical histories, record vital signs, prepare patients for examination, collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory tests, draw blood and instruct patients about medications or special diets. As graduates, these clinical tasks are performed under the supervision of a physician and vary according to state law. The main goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    Medical assistants may also perform administrative tasks such as billing and insurance, greeting patients on the phone and in person, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments and updating patient medical records. The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest growing occupations. Click here to discover more about the different career pathways in the Medical Office Cluster programs.

    Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to write the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and/or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

    The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350. www.caahep.org

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $30,417

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Perform medical office administrative functions.
    • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.
    • Perform medical laboratory procedures.
    • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting.
    • Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting.

    Career Opportunities

    • Medical Assistant
    • Referral Specialist/Scheduler
    • Lab Assistant
    • Health Information Associate
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Patient Services Assistant
    • Business Office Specialist

    Admission Process

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Health Requirements   
      2. Criminal Background Check   


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    501-101 Medical Terminology 3
    501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2
    509-101 Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures 2
    509-102 Human Body in Health and Disease 3
    509-303 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 1 2
    509-304 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 4
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 18
    Semester 2
    501-108 Pharmacology for Allied Health 2
    509-107 Medical Office Insurance and Finance 2
    509-109 Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism 2
    509-305 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 2 2
    509-306 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 3
    509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum 3
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 35

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Additional Program Requirements

    Students are required to complete a background check, health requirements, and certification for healthcare provider CPR. 509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum must be taken the last semester before graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    509-306 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

    • Students are prepared for the national medical assisting exams. The Medical Assistant program at Moraine Park Technical College has an exam pass rate of 91% for students who graduated in 2016.
    • There are a number of support services available at Moraine Park Technical College for students to ensure successful program completion. Graduates of the Medical Assistant program at Moraine Park Technical College are satisfied with the education they receive and report a satisfaction rate of 100% over the past five years.

    • The Medical Assistant program at Moraine Park Technical College has a job placement rate of 93.75% for students admitted in 2016. Employers actively seek graduates of Moraine Park Technical College's Medical Assistant program and report a 97.65% satisfaction rate with graduates of the program over the past five years.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.