Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant video

Program Number: 31-509-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus*: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Medical Assistant program prepares students to assist the doctor 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 charts. The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest growing occupations.

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 ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL, 33756, 727-210-2350.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $27,516

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

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

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Introduction to Healthcare Computing 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
Term 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

Exit Assessment

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

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum must be taken the last semester before graduation. Students will need to complete Basic Math Proficiency.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

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

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