Online Medical Assisting Certificate
Point University’s Medical Assisting Certificate program immerses students in a variety of topics including medical terminology, medical systems and procedures, and medical ethics, so they can operate both the clinical and administrative side of a healthcare organization. Towards the end of the program, students will complete a clinical externship at an approved facility near their home where they will gain hands-on experience and practical skills to confidently enter the field. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for post-program certifications, including the Certified Medical Assistant credential from the National Center for Competency Testing.
Those looking to advance their education and careers can transfer the 25 credits earned through the certificate program to Point’s online Associate of Science in Medical Assisting, and then the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.
1. Document patient records with accuracy and maintain patient privacy in accordance with HIPAA and other federal regulations.
2. Correctly use medical equipment to ensure patient safety.
3. Become well-versed in medical terminology and learn to communicate with office personnel, physicians, and other medical staff.
The online medical assisting certificate’s well-rounded curriculum equips students with foundational knowledge in medical terminology, medical systems and procedures, and patient safety. In addition to a clinical externship that can be completed at an approved healthcare facility, listed below are some of the courses offered to students:
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Medical Coding & Billing
- Human Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals
- Medical Ethics & Legal Considerations
As a completely online asynchronous program (with the exception of the on-ground clinical externship at the end of the program), the medical assisting certificate at Point University allows students to structure their own study schedule. While there are weekly deadlines associated with the online medical assisting program, there are no required meeting times, so students are able to complete their work at their convenience. For this reason, the program length differs depending on how many credits students choose to take per term. On average, full-time students can complete the 25 credit hour program in eight months, while those studying part-time can complete the program in a little over one year.
All students enrolled in the online medical assisting certificate program at Point University pay the same tuition rate, regardless of the state where the student resides. Already one of the most affordable choices among private colleges, Point University offers online students almost 40% off regular on-campus tuition.
Rate: $410 per credit hour
To view a complete breakdown of tuition and fees, visit our Tuition & Fees: Online Students page.
*Title IV funds are not available for students seeking the Medical Assisting Certificate alone. However, they may be available for students enrolled in the A.S. in Medical Assisting, which includes all of the certificate courses. Students seeking only the certificate may qualify for other types of financial aid, such as private loans.
Point’s online medical assisting certificate will equip students with the knowledge and tools to launch successful careers across a wide range of roles, such as:
- Clerical and Medical Billing Expert
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Doctor’s Office Assistant
- Medical Clinic Receptionist
Point University offers the medical assisting certificate program in a fully-online format. Online students engage in asynchronous learning through a course website that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.
This degree is 100% online with a clinical externship you can take near your home. Take courses anytime – from anywhere in the world.
With the opportunity to transfer eligible credits, you can shorten your certificate completion time and save money.
Your faith will be strengthened with courses taught from a Christian worldview.
As an online student, you’ll receive the same quality education from respected professors as our on-campus students.
Our online student support services promote development tailored to fit your personal and professional goals.
SMALL CLASS SIZE
Our 13-to-1 student to professor ratio provides a small class size where you’re not just a student – you’re family.
At Point University, you’ll develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, all while learning to be an effective leader. Get started today to discover your place in the Point family!
I’m entering my third year in the online program at Point University and am impressed. They have really created a model that works and challenges.
– Terri LaGrange, online student