As a professional and multi-skilled worker, a medical assistant performs administrative and clinical duties in the health care field. Medical assistants are classified as allied health practitioners and can be found in physician offices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory facilities and other related businesses. This program prepares graduates to take the national test for certification, allowing the student to become a certified medical assistant.

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) which is responsible for the certification of Medical Assistants, has varied restrictions that may affect persons with a history of felony convictions. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the certification examination. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the AAMA at (800) 228-2262 concerning questions they may have regarding their eligibility for certification.

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a Minnesota licensed health care facility have a background study. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the Medical Assistant program at Ridgewater College, will result in ineligibility to qualify for a diploma in medical assisting.

The Ridgewater College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants' Endowment (AAMAE).

Course Outline
Required Courses
(20 Courses)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1002 Keyboarding/Word Processing
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
MEDA 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I
MEDA 1021 Disease Conditions
MEDA 1110 Human Relations for Health Care
MEDA 1113 Medical Terminology
MEDA 1135 Clinical Procedures I
MEDA 1225 Orientation to Medical Lab
MEDA 1235 Clinical Procedures II
MEDA 1313 Human Development for Allied Health
MEDA 1324 Lab Skills I
MEDA 1326 Lab Skills II
MEDA 1420 Electrocardiography
MEDA 1451 Practicum Seminar
MEDA 1540 Medical Office Procedures
MEDA 2020 Certification Exam Review II
MEDA 2032 Pharmacology
MEDA 2100 Practicum
MEDA 2222 Hematology
MEDA 2425 Lab Skills III
Total Credits: 49  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 51 while the section is listed as having 49 credits.
Total Diploma Credits: 49