Medical Assistant Certificate Program

Enter allied healthcare as a medical assistant.


Program Type



Delivery Method

On Campus | Hybrid*


Course Length

9 Months

*Hybrid education options not available at all campuses

Program Objective

In this certificate program, you will learn the personal traits and professional capabilities required of a capable entry-level medical assistant, where you will work with doctors, nurses and other members of a medical staff. Since medical assistant responsibilities can be both clinical and clerical, Pima Medical Institute ensures you will receive training that develops all the necessary skills to perform a variety of tasks that achieve high quality patient care.

This Program Now Offers a Hybrid Learning Option

Students interested in this program who are looking for additional flexibility for their schedules might find blended learning is the best fit.

As a Hybrid student, you will still benefit from the same support students enrolled in our on campus programs receive, including mental health resources, student services, career services, resume writing and more.

Interested in learning more about Pima Medical’s hybrid education and schedule? Our admissions teams are ready to discuss the schedule, expectations and interactive instruction provided during the program.

Careers in Medical Assisting

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

Clinical Externships

At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.

In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors, and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.

Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

Career Prep Sequence

CSK 100
Study Skills
CAT 150
Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology
CCB 100
Computer Basics
CMF 95
Math Fundamentals
CHS 100
CPR & First Aid

Professional Sequence I

HCA 105
Medical Office Management
HCA 110
Insurance, Billing, and Coding Fundamentals
HCA 115
Professional Documentation
HCA 120
Sequence I Administrative Applications

Professional Sequence II

MDA 135
Physical Examination Techniques
MDA 145
Clinical Aspects of Billing and Coding
MDA 150
Surgical Procedures
MDA 155
Sequence II Clinical Applications

Professional Sequence III

MDA 160
Introduction to Pharmacology
MDA 165
Medical Law and Ethics
MDA 170
Medical Office Laboratory Procedures
MDA 175
Sequence III Clinical Applications

Professional Sequence IV

MDA 180
Phlebotomy and Blood Specimens
MDA 185
Medical Specialty Procedures
MDA 190
Medical Office Communication
MDA 195
Sequence IV Clinical Applications


MDA 275

Interested In Starting This Program?

Find out more about our Admissions Requirements or view our How to Apply page.

Success Is Within Reach

We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.

Ashley Williams
“Once I arrived, everyone was warm and welcoming and I felt better. I attended the evening Medical Assistant program, so after class I went directly to work, worked all night, then came home, got my older three kids off to school and came home and cared for my two younger children and studied. It was rough and I really struggled academically at times, but when you have wonderful teachers and classmates it makes it easier. I remember one day when I was at my breaking point and wanted to quit, one of my instructors took the time to talk with me and help me see that I could finish. I’m so grateful for that. I did it and my kids are so proud of me!”

Ashley Williams, Medical Assistant Graduate

Pima Medical Blog

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Disclosures And Accreditations

Start Your Future as a Medical Assistant