NPC’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.
Our 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.
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 and sterilization and disinfection. This program also introduces you to basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, computer software applications, word processing, medical transcription and insurance coding and billing.
NPC's Medical Assistant program includes a 160-hour externship, where you actually work in a medical office or hospital setting beside other medical professionals. Externship opportunities exist in many local communities, and many externship partners offer paid positions to qualified individuals upon completing the externship!
Note: The MDA degree and certificate programs do NOT lead into the NPC nursing program. If your goal is to become a Registered Nurse, see CNA page.
Labs and Classrooms
The two clinical procedure courses and externship must be completed in sequence, with the first clinical procedures course (MDA 124), which is generally only offered in the fall semester.
Before beginning an externship, students must have a current healthcare provider CPR card; proof of current-year flu vaccine immunization and the DPS Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card – which requires proof of legal U.S. residency.
Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics and other healthcare facilities. In 2014, more than half of all medical assistants worked in physicians’ offices.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical assistants who handle both administrative and clinical duties should be excellent through the 2024 decade, particularly for those with formal training. The field is expected to grow 23 percent during this period as the health care industry expands due to technological advances combined with the growth and aging of the population.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the Arizona median salary for medical assistants at $32,840 (May 2017) SOC 31-9092
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.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." See the Letter from the U.S. Department of Education (PDF).