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Delivery: Fall daytime and online classes; Spring daytime, evening, and online classes
Start: Fall or Spring Semester; Full- or Part-Time

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available daytime, evening, and online; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Medical Assistant — Diploma (51 credits)

About the Program

Admission into this program requires a special application, please see the Quick Links on the right for the application and priority application deadline.

The Medical Assistant program is designed for career opportunities as a professional, multi-skilled person dedicated to assisting in patient care management. The medical assistant performs clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills in clinics, doctor offices, and other health care agencies. The clinical externship is under the direct supervision of a physician, and is a 300 hour unpaid experience. Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).


The Century College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, 727.210.2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Accreditation was awarded from 2009 – 2019.

Application Deadline

March 1 for Fall semester day section start and August 31 for Spring semester day & evening sections start. Please refer to the application booklet available in Admissions, Counseling Center, and online for more information.

Application Requirements

  1. An official high school transcript verifying graduation or an official GED certificate.
  2. Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  3. NEW: Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR completion of MATH 0010 (previously) or MATH 0015 or MATH 0030 with a grade of C or higher.
    • We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a Math course. Contact the Advising, Counseling and Career Center at 651.779.3285, West 2410.
  4. The following Century College courses or transfer equivalents must be completed by the application deadline:
    • BIOL 1024 Human Biology
    • HLTH 1001 Medical Terminology with a grade of C or higher.
    • CAPL 1010 Introduction to Software Applications OR CSCI 1020 Introduction to Personal Computers and Information Systems with a grade of C or higher.
  5. The following additional courses or transfer equivalents should be completed as soon as possible for the DAY session program application and must be completed prior to application for the EVENING session, (and must be completed prior to MEDA 1780 Clinical Externship):
    • COMM 1031 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1051 Intercultural Communication
    • ENGL 1021 English Composition
    • PSYC 1020 General Psychology OR PSYC 1041 Developmental Psychology OR PSYC 1030 Psychology of Adjustment
  6. Developmental coursework indicated by assessment results must be completed prior to application to the Medical Assistant program.
  7. Any Request for Exemption to Admission Requirements/Appeal Selection Decision petitions must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline. Please refer to the information and application booklet available in Admissions, Counseling, Career, and Advising Center, and online for more information.

Potential Job Titles

Medical Assistant
Certified Medical Assistant (after successfully completing the AAMA certification test)
Registered Medical Assistant (after successfully completing the AMT certification test)

Salary Data

  • Medical Assistant
    Average Wage: $16.90/hour
    Top Earners: $21.49/hour
(seven county metro area -

Learning Outcomes

Medical Assistant - Diploma 51 Credits

  • Demonstrate competent entry-level medical assistants who are prepare in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical procedures and medication administration in a medical practice utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups, and/or colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and information technologies within ambulatory care settings.
  • Identify, interpret, and apply ethical, legal, and social issues associated within the scope of practice in the medical assisting field.
  • Apply various administrative techniques in a medical practice to deliver cost effective and quality healthcare.

Additional Requirements

  1. A grade of C or higher must be obtained in all career/occupational courses to earn a diploma in Medical Assisting at Century College.
  2. MN Human Services background study with no restrictions prior to MEDA 1001. Students will complete a MN Human Services background study application during the MEDA orientation. The Minnesota Department of Health requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience if a clearance is not issued. Call the MN Department of Human Services with specific questions, 651.431.2000.
  3. CPR certification at the Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer level (EMS 1010 or equivalent) is required by the end of their first semester in the program.
  4. Refer to the Medical Assistant “Information and Application” packet online for information regarding the immunizations required prior to MEDA 1002.
  5. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.

Gainful Employment Program Information

Contact Information

Admissions Office 651.773.1700 Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information

Michelle Blesi, Program Director651.748.2610michelle.blesi@century.eduRoom 2333 East
Jamie Lennartson651.773.1731Jamie.Lennartson@century.eduRoom 3391 East
Shari Lambrecht651.773.1731shari.lambrecht@century.eduRoom 3391 East
Lori Jaksa
(lab assistant)
651.773.1731lori.jaksa@century.eduRoom 3391 East