Medical Assistant Program (MDA)

Why Choose NPC's Medical Assistant Program (MDA)?

Prepare for a vocation assisting in a professional medical office. Northland Pioneer College’s medical assistant program (MDA) equips you with the clinical and administrative skills you need to be an invaluable asset in a busy medical office. Graduates of the program are engaged in challenging careers in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care practitioners.

The NPC medical assistant program meets and in many ways exceeds the Arizona State Board of Medical Examiner training requirements. You can be certain you are gaining the necessary knowledge to succeed in this rapidly growing field.

For your convenience, the program is offered at both the Winslow and Show Low campuses.
Externship opportunities exist in Holbrook, Show Low, Snowflake/Taylor, Springerville/Eagar
and Winslow.

About Our Program

When you graduate from the medical assistant program you will be fully prepared to assist with the following medical office tasks:

  • phlebotomy
  • medication administration
  • electrocardiography
  • vital sign measurement
  • physical and specialty exam preparation
  • sterilization and disinfection

The medical assistant program also introduces you to basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, computer software applications, word processing, medical transcription and insurance coding and billing.

Degree/Certificate Options

Choose from these Medical Assistant training options:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree - 64 credits
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) - 36 credit

Students may be eligible to acquire the NCMA certification designation from the National Center for Competency Testing upon completion of the core requirements totaling more than 720 contact hours.

Please Note: The MDA degree and certificate programs do NOT lead into the NPC nursing program.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical assistants should be excellent through the 2018 decade, particularly for those with formal training. The field is expected to grow 34 percent during this period as the health care industry expands due to technological advances combined with the growth and aging of the population. These factors create a need for medical assistants who handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Arizona mean annual earnings:
(BLS, May 2014)

Contact Us

Cathy Reed, Secretary to the Dean

White Mountain Campus - Show Low
Ponderosa Center - Rm. 111

(800) 266-7845 ext. 6136
(928) 532-6790

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