Medical Assistant Certificate Training

Prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in Healthcare! Learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the administrative and clinical responsibilities of a medical office. This program is designed to meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act, the skills sets required by regional employers and preparation for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national exam.

Lakes Region Community College has developed a twelve-week Medical Assistant Certificate program of 320 hours of classroom instruction with hands-on lab experiences and a 160-hour practicum at local medical offices.

National Certification:

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

Job Outlook for 2014-2024:

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase the demand for preventative medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physician to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support worker, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care.  

              Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


Class size limited to 8 students

Application & Course Curriculum


  • Interview with Program Coordinator, Donna Smith. (603) 524-3207, Ext. 6849 or
  • Age 18 & older
  • High School Diploma, GED or HiSet
  • Pre-Assessment.
  • Completed Application         

For more information contact Donna Smith, Program Coordinator, 603-524-3207, ext. 6849, or

Required Courses:

NCWK2000L Medical Assistant *                                                                               Cost: $6.188.45

Become a highly skilled medical assistant in a physician’s office. You will learn to prepare patients for examination, treatment, diagnostic testing, proper lead placement for cardiac evaluation and conduct routine laboratory procedures.  Curriculum includes: medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, technical aspects of phlebotomy, pharmacology, cardiac life cycle, proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, accessing and recoding information appropriately in electronic medical records.   Professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare are emphasized.

  320 hours     12 weeks       3 days per week

   NCWK2001L Medical Assistant Externship **                                                         Cost: $20 (Liability Fee)

Practice both your clinical and administrative skills while working under the supervision of the office managers and program instructors. While on externship, you will have the opportunity to work with other medical assistants to gain experience taking vital signs, maintaining examination areas, taking patient histories, preparing patients for procedures, assisting physicians with examinations, collecting and processing specimens, performing routine diagnostic tests, administering medications, and performing venipunctures, scheduling and canceling patient appointments, completing health insurance forms, recording charges, and filing to meet CCMA certification requirements.

  160 hours     4 weeks        40 hours per week

*Additional fees that students are required to pay for: books, uniforms, shoes, and kits.

**Required immunizations, health and drug screens, and criminal background check required prior to the 160-hour practicum.

A Medical Assistant Certification Exam is offered at the end of the training for a $160 fee.

Sources for Tuition Assistance

For more information please contact us at (603) 524-3207

Ask about apprenticeships and employer-based tuition assistance!