32 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Combination of On Site and Online instruction
Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Students in selected health sciences programs will travel to the Shell Lake Health Education Center. Travel requirements are customized to meet individual program course competencies.
Are you looking for a degree in healthcare that gives you flexible career options? As a program graduate, you will be trained to perform clinical procedures and lab tests, and develop the office skills you’ll need for employment in a physician's office or clinic. The required courses include a six-week clinical office practicum.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.
The Medical Assistant program prepares individuals to assist physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants, sometimes referred to as clinical assistants, perform a wide range of duties. The medical assistant is responsible for medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, assisting the physician with examinations and surgery, administering ECGs and administering medications. The business/administrative duties include patient reception, appointment making, record keeping, filing, bookkeeping, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence and transcription and computer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests and microscopic work.
The minimum goal for the Medical Assistant program, as identified by the CAAHEP/MAERB, is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Medical Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Perform medical office administrative functions
- Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights
- Perform medical laboratory procedures
- Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
- Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting
Northwood Tech's AAMA pass rates from all four campuses of Medical Assistant graduates was 95% in 2021.
Exceptional nationwide pass rates.
Medical Assistant is a two-semester program that is available at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses.
As a Medical Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you all have access to instructors who have many years of clinical and laboratory experience.
To accommodate your schedule, the Medical Assistant students only need to come to campus two days a week in the first semester and three days a week in the second semester. The rest of your classes can be completed from home!
As a Medical Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you will have the opportunity to earn a Patient Service Specialist technical diploma along with the Medical Assistant diploma.
Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties on the job. Responsibilities include patient care, lab tests and administrative record keeping.
Medical Assistant is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Medical Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way.
This technical diploma is embedded in the Medical Assistant program.
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Students in the Medical Assistant program (1.5 and 2 year part-time options) may not be eligible to receive full financial aid, due to Department of Education regulations on how credits are recognized. For more information contact your campus Financial Aid Advisor.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
32 Credits | 1 Year
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
New Marshfield Clinic Allied Health Professional Education and Training Grant for Medical Assistant Students
Marshfield Clinic and Northwood Technical College are proud to announce an exciting grant opportunity for Medical Assistant students. The grant would award tuition, book, and fee assistance of up to $7,000. In exchange, the student agrees to work for Marshfield Clinic for a period of at least one year after completing training in the Medical Assistant Program.
Marshfield Clinic Allied Health Professional Education and Training Grant Application Process:
- Student competes admissions process for the program.
- Students must complete and submit the following to Northwood Tech Student Services Office. Documents and fee must be submitted together.
- College completes background check on the Medical Assistant student.
- If background check results were returned as No Record Found, Marshfield Clinic will contact the student(s) and arrange for an interview.
- Marshfield Clinic will interview the student and let Northwood Tech and the student know if they are accepted into the grant program.
After the Northwood Tech Medical Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn technical diplomas in Patient Services Specialist and Medical Assistant.
The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).