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.
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.
Medical Assistant Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Office Procedures
Clinical Procedures I
Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Nutrition
Clinical Procedures II
Medical Assisting Externship*
Medical Assisting Capstone*
*Capstone and externship courses can be completed during the spring or summer term.