Do I need SAT or ACT scores to enroll?
No, the only requirement for this program is a high school diploma or GED.
How will I complete the required 160 hours of clinical practicum?
Mercy College will work with you to secure 160 hours of clinical practicum with one of our healthcare partners near you. This practicum is very important as it allows students to experience hands-on learning in actual medical offices.
Am I able to work full-time while getting my MA certificate?
Yes, this program is great if you want to earn while you learn. In fact, job opportunities are available at CHI Saint Joseph Health clinics in Lexington, Kentucky.
How much does it cost to complete the medical assisting program?
The MercyPLUS medical assistant program costs around $10,000. This equates to $2,500 per quarter up to 12 credits. If financing your education is a major hurdle, there are several tuition reimbursement and scholarship opportunities for you to explore!
Is the program all online or in person?
The medical assistant program is 100% online instruction through our MercyPLUS platform, however there are two in-person skills labs that must be completed in order to graduate.
Where are the medical assistant skills labs located and when do they take place?
The two, six-hour skills labs take place at CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, Kentucky unless you have enrolled through an external cohort partnership. Mercy College is continuously expanding cohort locations as demand continues to rise across the United States.
Skills labs take place in the second and third quarter of the program.
How long does it take to complete the MA program?
Mercy College’s medical assistant program takes one year to complete. This is broken out into four quarters. Our goal at Mercy College is aimed to be as flexible as possible to remove any barriers to higher education, so you can work with your enrollment coach to determine your program trajectory to fit your schedule.
What is online learning like?
The MercyPLUS online platform hosts discussions boards, educational videos, writing assignments, and other activities to enrich your learning experience — all at the click of your mouse. You can read more about online learning here.