Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant program ranked #1 in the nation! This program requires a general College application and a program-specific application. See below for application steps and important dates.

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.

Interested in a career in healthcare?

Students can start now by taking their prerequisites along with the general education courses required for the program. 

Working on your prerequisite courses? The prerequisites needed are HLTH 1001, BIOL 1024, and either CAPL 1010 or CSCI 1020. There are also two MEDA courses that students can take along with the General Ed courses: MEDA 1020 and MEDA 1030 (after meeting the prerequisites for the courses; refer to the course catalog).

Century College Medical Assistant Diploma Program was recently awarded Editor’s Pick among the Best Online (Hybrid) Options for 2020-21.

Offering flexible start dates and scheduling options, and backed by a track record for exceptional graduate outcomes, the Century College Medical Assistant Diploma easily earns its place on our list of Top Picks for the Best Online Medical Assistant Programs for 2020-21!

Editor's Pick: Top Online Diploma, Certificate, and Associate's Degree Programs 2020-21

Read more about this exciting recognition!

In addition, the Medical Assistant Program was awarded the Excellence in Curriculum Planning Award by the Minnesota State System. Read more.

About the Program

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. Century College students will:

  • Enhance the quality of patients’ lives using professional skills, methods, and technology
  • Perform clinical, laboratory, and administrative tasks in classrooms, clinics, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare agencies
  • Be a multi-skilled professional dedicated to assisting in patient care management

Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the Certification Exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), the 2020 following outcomes of the Diploma Medical Assistant Program at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota are noted below:

Graduate satisfaction: 100%
Employer satisfaction: 100%

The Medical Assistant Program at Century College has a retention rate of 90.24% for the 2020 admission cohort. There are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully pass the national certification examination.

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Special Application Required

This program requires special admission. You must apply for general admission first before submitting the special application.

Planning for Your Program

Medical Assistant Program Information Packet 2023

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition cost per credit*: Century College - $203.49; University of Minnesota, TC - $520.50; Private for-profit colleges - $1,300; Private colleges & universities - $2,320 *Annual tuition and fees **Based on posted institutions average cost per credit

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The Century College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Potential Job Titles

Medical student taking nurse's blood pressure.
  • 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: $22.28/hour
Top Earners: $24.80/hour

Information gathered pertains to the seven-county metro area -