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Medical Assisting Overview

Rhodes State College’s Medical Assistant program prepares students to function in a variety of ambulatory health care settings to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants through classroom lecture, lab, online and simulation learning, and a 160 hour practicum (externship). 

Graduates of the MAT program at Rhodes State are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). For seven years, Rhodes State has earned a 100% pass rate on the CMA exam. The certification program of the Certifying Board of the AAMA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and complies with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

Medical Assisting Highlights

  • 100% Pass Rate for 7 years running! Students upon graduation sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants, namely the CMA (AAMA). We are proud to say that all of our graduates from 2013-2019 have passed this exam!
  • 95% employment rate for the past six years. Graduates who want jobs, get them!
  • Our status in the community: 100% satisfaction on the Graduate Surveys and Employer Surveys – Graduates and Employers alike are happy with the program.
    • Our track record in the community – Our students get jobs in the area and area employers have continued to give graduates of our program high marks!! We are required by accreditation to obtain employer & graduate feedback and surveys consistently receive marks of 4 and 5 (with 5 the highest).
  • 100% Satisfaction of our instructors: Resource Surveys consistently demonstrate that “MAT program instructors are the best resource!” Rhodes State instructors have over twenty-five years’ experience in the field, both as practitioners and as educators.
  • Lower Program Costs: Rhodes State Program is at least half the cost of tuition of another MA program in the Lima area. Lower cost means less debt when you are finished!

Medical Assisting Program Briefing

Our program briefings are designed to introduce you to the profession, job opportunities, program requirements, and other important information you will need to get started. 

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Career Opportunities 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.

Medical Assisting Plan of Study

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Professional Licensure Information

Upon successful completion of the medical assisting program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Accreditation Information

The Rhodes State College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program [CAAHEP, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)]. Questions regarding accreditation should be directed to CAAHEP 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350 or https://www.caahep.org/.