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Medical Assisting

Launch Your Rewarding Career in Healthcare with Central Penn College’s Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting!

Do you have a passion for healthcare and a desire to make a difference in people’s lives?  Central Penn College’s Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree can turn your passion into a rewarding career. This program equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in a growing medical field with high demand for qualified professionals.

Why Choose an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting Degree?

  • High Demand & Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in medical assistant jobs by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations! This means a secure future with ample job opportunities.
  • Fast-Track Your Success: Earn your degree in as little as 18 months and enter the workforce quickly. You’ll graduate with the skills and clinical experience employers seek.
  • Make a Difference Every Day: Play a vital role in a healthcare team, assisting physicians and caring for patients in a variety of settings.

Gain the Expertise To:

  • Perform administrative tasks like scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records.
  • Assist physicians with examinations, minor surgeries, and procedures.
  • Draw blood, perform basic lab tests, and administer medications and injections.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
  • Uphold ethical standards and ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

Benefits of an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting Degree from Central Penn College:

  • Hands-on Learning: Gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art simulated medical office, preparing you for real-world scenarios.
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from passionate instructors with extensive real-world healthcare experience.
  • Industry-Standard Curriculum: Develop the skills and knowledge employers are seeking, aligning with the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) standards.
  • Potential Tuition Reimbursement: Our partnership with UPMC may make your tuition eligible for reimbursement after successful work experience.

Why Choose Central Penn College’s Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting Degree?

  • Certification Preparation: Prepare for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a valuable industry credential.

Ready to launch your rewarding career in healthcare? Contact Central Penn College today to learn more about our Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree!

Annual Job Placement Report

The associate degree’s cumulative 2-year percentage from the program’s final 2023 annual report for job placement is 88.89%

Click here to view the essential functions and technical standards for MA students.

Disclaimer: Central Penn College cannot guarantee clinical placements for students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

2+2 Healthcare Management Pathway

Central Penn College’s healthcare associate degrees provide a strong foundation for a career in medicine, with the flexibility to bridge seamlessly into our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (HCM) degree. This innovative 2+2 pathway allows you to earn your associate degree in as little as 18 months + an internship, followed by a HCM in an additional year and a half, propelling you towards leadership roles in the dynamic healthcare industry.

Medical Assisting A.S.: Gain the skills to assist physicians in various clinical settings, preparing for a rewarding career while positioning yourself for future advancement in healthcare management.

Program offered

On-ground, hybrid

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Medical Terminology and Pharmacology
Essentials of Anatomy
Medical Insurance
Allied Health Procedures
Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
Clinical Techniques
Medical Laboratory

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Careers you can pursue

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Billing and Coding Aide

You will succeed if you are...

  • Compassionate
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexible
  • Multi-tasker
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Nonjudgmental


88.1% of our graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

* Based on graduates whom we have information during a one-year period from 2022-23. It should be noted that 98.1% of graduates were employed in some capcity or continuing their education.

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