Medical Assistant Technical Certificate

Medical Assistant Technical Certificate

Play a key support role as an administrator or clinician in a medical office.

Medical assistants are an essential part of the medical team, providing administrative and clinical support services to keep an office running smoothly. This dynamic career means no two days are the same – you may take patient vitals, draw blood, or process lab samples, and spend the next day at the front desk checking in patients and processing insurance claims. Working as a medical assistant can be a lifelong calling, or it may be the perfect stepping stone to an expanded role on the health care team.

At PA College, you can complete your education in our medical assistant program in as little as nine months. Our full-time curriculum includes both theory and hands-on clinical practice courses, as well as a six-week externship experience to put your skills to work. At the end of the program, students sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam through the National Healthcareer Association to become a Certified Medical Assistant in PA, though you may be able to start working in the field even before you’re certified!

How much does a medical assistant make? See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook.

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.


The Medical Assistant program uses a module-based structure for its curriculum. The curriculum includes five consecutive five-week modules (two courses per module) of both online instruction and in-person sessions for building clinical and administrative skills. The program concludes with a six-week in-person externship, where students are able to practice their skills in the health care environment. Students in the Medical Assistant program do not earn college credit.

Fall Semester (3 Modules)

Course NumberCourse Name
MAP 100 Introduction to Medical Assisting and the Healthcare Setting
MAP 110Medical Assistant Terminology
MAP 120 Medical Assistant Anatomy and Physiology I
MAP 150Clinical Procedures I
MAP 125Medical Assistant Anatomy and Physiology II
MAP 160Medical Assistant Laboratory Techniques

Spring Semester (2 Modules and Externship)

Course NumberCourse Name
MAP 130Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures
MAP 170Clinical Procedures II
MAP 105Medical Assistant Law and Ethics
MAP 180Medical Assistant Career Development and Skills Review
MAP 190Externship