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10 Best Medical Assistant Programs in Minnesota for 2019

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1) Dakota County Technical College Ranking Score: 93.50

Locations: Rosemount

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

At its Rosemount campus, Dakota County Technical College provides two medical assistant programs.

Diploma: This is a short term 1-year program which is classified into two semesters and a summer session. The entire curriculum requires completion of 42 credits.

Associate: This is a two-year program divided into 4 semesters and a summer session. It has a 60-credit coursework which includes entire curriculum of the diploma program and additional studies in general education.

*Both programs begin every fall and spring. The fall semester is in a traditional classroom set up and the spring semester is offered in a hybrid format. Full-time and part-time options are also available.



2) Anoka Technical College Ranking Score: 92.00

Locations: Anoka

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

You can become a competent medical assistant by opting for the 49-credit diploma program offered at Anoka Technical College (ATC). The coursework is classified into 45 credits of technical courses and 4 credits of general education. ATC also offers a 60-credit A.A.S. degree in medical assisting which includes the entire curriculum of the diploma program plus additional 11 credits of coursework. Both these programs have a sequential coursework, but courses in general education can be taken in any order.



4) Hennepin Technical College Ranking Score: 88.55

Locations: Eden Prairie

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: A.A.S. Degree

The med assistant associate degree offered by Hennepin Technical College at its Eden Prairie campus is of 60 credits (44-credit core courses and 16-credit general education). This is a day program, which can be pursued full-time as well as part-time and classes begin twice every year (Fall & Spring). The core curriculum comprises of, but not limited to, biology, disease conditions, medical terms, pharmacology, administrative & clinical procedures, phlebotomy, laboratory procedures and clinical practicum. Upon graduation, you will become a multi-talented allied health professional who efficiently assists physicians and provides extensive care to patients.



5) South Central College Ranking Score: 86.99

Locations: North Mankato & Faribault

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: A.A.S. Degree

The 60-credit med assistant program offered at South Central College comprises of a 6-credit prerequisite coursework and a 54-credit core coursework divided into four semesters. The last and final semester also includes a 240-hour unpaid internship in a medical setting. Classes begin every fall and are a combination of face-to-face classroom learning, online and hybrid format. After successful completion of this program, you can effectively perform clinical and clerical duties in a physician’s office or medical clinic.



6) Minnesota West Community and Technical College Ranking Score: 85.55

Locations: Luverne

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma, A.A.S. Degree

Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers two med assistant courses -

Diploma: This is a 44-credit course divided into two semesters and a summer session which also includes clinical practicum. Typically, you can complete the entire coursework in 16 months.

A.A.S. Degree: This is a slightly longer course with 60 credits as it includes entire curriculum of the diploma course and additional credits in general education. You can complete this course within two years.

*Both programs prepare you for entry-level positions in patient care centers and you can also sit for national certification exam after completion of either one of these programs.



7) Central Lakes College Ranking Score: 83.49

Locations: Staples

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

Central Lakes College provides two types of medical assisting training in MN, at its campus in Staples.

Diploma: This is a 39-credit training classified into core coursework of 19 credits in first semester, 15 credits in second semester and a 5-credit MA internship in summer session. This training can be completed in 1 year.

A.A.S. Degree: This is a 2-year long program which has the entire coursework of the diploma program and additional 21-credit coursework which includes general education and electives. Altogether it is a 60-credit program.



8) Century College Ranking Score: 81.32

Locations: White Bear Lake

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma

The 51-credit medical assistant diploma program at Century College has been awarded excellence in curriculum planning by the Minnesota State System.

This program begins twice annually (fall and spring), and is also available with full-time or part-time options. The program is delivered in daytime and online classes in fall, and daytime, evening and online classes in spring semester. Apart from classroom and laboratory learning, you also undergo a 300-hour clinical practicum in a local medical setting. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the CMA exam and brighten your job prospects.



9) Minneapolis Business College Ranking Score: 80.99

Locations: Roseville

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

You can become a professional medical assistant by enrolling in the 10-month MA diploma program (39 credits) or the 16-month MA associate degree program (62 credits) at Minneapolis Business College. As part of the coursework, both programs include an 8-week clinical externship (7 credits) where you can practice the knowledge and skills gained during classroom and laboratory sessions. Upon completion of either of these programs, you will be eligible to sit for the CMA exam and look for entry-level positions in physician’s office, acute centers or medical clinics.



10) Lake Superior College Ranking Score: 80.99

Locations: Duluth

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma

Lake Superior College provides a 40-credit med assisting diploma program at its campus located at Duluth, MN. This career-focused program will teach you how to prepare medications, how to perform lab procedures, and how to conduct clerical & clinical tasks required to assist physicians and doctors in ambulatory healthcare setting. Once you complete the prerequisite courses, you can complete this program in a year’s time and upon graduation, you can sit for the certification exam and enter the workforce or further your studies.