• Medical Assistant

    M State’s new Medical Assistant diploma program will help fill the regional health care industry's need for multi-skilled health professionals trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties.

Medical Assistant

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Our program

M State's new 37-credit Medical Assistant diploma program addresses a need in the regional health care industry by training multi-skilled professionals to perform both administrative and clinical duties in clinics, physician offices and other health care organizations.

The program is based on M State's Detroit Lakes campus, with the majority of courses offered online.

In addition to skills in medical office processes related to billing, insurance and electronic medical records, students complete two clinical procedures courses where they develop basic clinical and laboratory skills. The program concludes with a 160-hour clinical experience served under the direct supervision of a physician

Students in the program must have current immunizations and undergo a criminal background check.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in the Medical Assistant field to grow "much faster than average" through at least 2026, driven primarily by technological advances and an increased demand for preventive medical services as the baby boom population ages.


Here's what you'll learn

  • Effective communication with patients, families and health care teams of diverse backgrounds
  • Medication administration and clinical procedures including compiling patient data, measuring blood pressure, drawing blood, and performing electrocardiograms and pulmonary function testing
  • Valuable skills in medical office procedures including introductory billing and coding
  • Job performance within ethical and legal boundaries of a medical assistant's scope of practice
  • Computer literacy skills through electronic health records
  • Health care administration techniques that provide a quality patient experience
  • Medical laboratory techniques used in the collection of specimens, testing and interpretation of lab results
  • Professional behaviors


Why M State

  • Graduates will be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistance (RMA) certification exam
  • Online courses offer convenience and flexibility
  • Program and curriculum developed with the assistance of the Medical Administrative Office program advisory board, helping to ensure that students learn the skills needed by employer
  • 160-hour clinical experience served under direct supervision of a physician


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Medical Assistant Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Required Medical Assistant courses

Fall term
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Office Procedures
Medical Terminology
Clinical Procedures I
Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Nutrition

Spring term
Clinical Procedures II
Medical Billing/Insurance
Medical Assisting Externship*
Lifespan Development
Medical Assisting Capstone*
Interpersonal Communication

*Capstone and externship courses can be completed during the spring or summer term.


Meet the faculty

Lisa Ludescher

Medical Assistant Faculty/Program Director
Detroit Lakes
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