Medical Assistant Program

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The Medical Assistant Program* prepares you to advance your career as an effective medical assistant in a clinical setting. This program is presented in a hybrid format. The curriculum is online and self-paced. In addition to completing the online portion of this program, you need to attend in-person skill labs. At the end of your program, you will participate in a Clinical Externship program. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to earn Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Program tuition includes one voucher for one of these exams.

Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a University of Utah Medical Assistant program completion award.

What do Medical Assistants do?

Within the large and growing healthcare industry, medical assistants play a key role in keeping a healthcare facility running smoothly. They perform general patient care and handle routine administrative responsibilities that frequently include the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and processing specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing Health Insurance

What are in-person skill labs?

This portion of the program provides you with hands-on learning and practice. Our experienced instructors will be there to guide you through each learning objective!

These labs are required in order to advance to your externship. Labs are offered select days every month.

You must attend and pass each of the following classes:

  1. Introduction to MA Skills and Soft Skills
  2. Clinical Skill One
  3. Clinical Skill Two
  4. Clinical Skill Three
  5. Clinical Skill Four
  6. Blood Draw
  7. EKG
  8. Final Simulation
  9. Preparing for Externship and Certification

For More Details Download: Medical Assistant Program Overview

*This program is offered in partnership with Career Step and Student Placement and Allied Health.

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Class Details


The Medical Assisting program includes 492 hours of curriculum and approximately 26.5 hours of in-person labs.

You have up to one year of program access to complete. Some students are able to complete their training in a little as 4 months with full time study (8 hours a day, 5 days a week).


Full Certificate Tuition - $3,340

  • Tuition is due at the beginning the program. Tuition listed above is for the 2022-2023 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • University of Utah employee tuition reduction is not eligible for this program.


This program includes online curriculum and in-person labs. Lab locations will be available upon enrollment.


  • In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the training program.
  • Students must take and pass a criminal background check and a 11-panel drug screening (provided by the University of Utah).


Flexible program fits your schedule
You can start the program any time, and it’s self-paced to fit your schedule. You can complete it in as little as 4 to 6 months or can take the full 12 months to complete the program. Students can sign up for skill labs multiple times per month to better fit your schedule.

Employer-trusted training materials.
Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using this curriculum to train their employees. Our learners have even been hired to work remotely right after completion. Choose training employers prefer!

Expert-designed and supported career training.
Our program was built by experts with decades of experience to ensure you gain the skills you need to excel in this field.

Gain skills in a quickly growing field.
Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities. With the healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for the following individuals:

  • Who enjoy working in the health care industry allows you to help others by honing your medical-related knowledge and skills. Besides knowing the ins and outs of the medical practice, assistants interact a great deal with patients

Professional Education at the University of Utah
Phone: 801-585-1780
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Student Placement and Allied Health

Career Step (Educational Partner)
Phone: 877-225-7151