Medical Assisting+

CHART YOUR COURSE

BECOME A MEDICAL ASSISTANT

A Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled health professional specifically educated to perform administrative and clinical duties. As an MA, you may have clinical duties within the offices of physicians, podiatrists, and other health practitioners. Common tasks performed by an MA include taking medical histories and vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician.

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100%

Job Placement1

88%

Certification First-Time Pass Rate (2018 National Avg. 60%)1

2

Start Dates Per Year: Fall & Spring

160

Hour Field Experience

23%

Projected Job Growth from 2018 - 20282

OUR BODY OF WORK

MEDICAL ASSISTING+

Our MA certificate and associate degree include 100% online instruction with only two six hour skills labs at our Des Moines campus. We ensure you have all the academic and practicum experiences you need to become a caring, ethical, and competent healthcare professional. Our healthcare partners make your practicum the pinnacle of your education at MercyPLUS. At the conclusion of your MA coursework, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Exam.

Accreditation

ACCREDITED BY THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Medical Assisting certificate and associate degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
STUDENTS

Earning my degree online allowed me the flexibility to be home with my children and not have to rely on expensive daycares, which would have increased the cost of earning my degree. Even though I wasn’t on campus, I was able to contact my instructors, tutors, advisors, and librarians virtually and through email.

Beth D., BSN Candidate, 2020
Faculty

Our MA faculty team includes a full-time program chair as well as many medical professionals in the clinical setting. Our full-time liberal arts and science faculty members are PhD-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matters into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction from experienced educators dedicated to your success.

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Tuition

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STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION
The Medical Assisting program is a direct admit program. When you are admitted to Mercy College, you are admitted into the Medical Assisting program! To get started, complete the Mercy College application. If you are transferring credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

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The following courses and sequencing is a sample of required courses to graduate from the Medical Assisting program. The following courses are designed to allow students to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Exam.

Quarter 1
MA 101 - Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures I (4 cr)
MA 106 - Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
 
Quarter 2
MA 102 - Medical Assisting Lab Procedures I (4 cr)
MA 121 - Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures II (3 cr)
Skills Lab - Quarter 2 Skills Lab
 
Quarter 3
MA 108 - Diseases of the Human Body (3 cr)
MA 122 - Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II (4 cr)
Skills Lab - Quarter 3 Skills Lab
 
Quarter 4
MA 201 - Medical Assisting Professional Components (2 cr)
MA 202 - Medical Assisting Practicum (4 cr)
 
TOTAL: 28 MAJOR CREDITS
 

Our Medical Assisting program is currently under re-development. Once it has been finalized, MercyPLUS will offer four convenient start dates to match your needs. The next opportunity for you to enroll is right around the corner! With courses offered year-round, you can graduate quickly or take your time, depending on what matches your schedule. View our full academic calendar. 

FALL: October
SPRING: April

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Outcomes1

Retention Rate Job Placement Exam Passage Rate
100% 100% 100%

1Retention Rate is based off of the 2017 admission cohort. Job Placement is based off of 2018 graduate cohort. Exam pass rate is based on 2017 graduates.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants.

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