Medical Assisting Program

Become a trusted, versatile, and valued member of a medical team.

Medical Assisting careers are on the rise in Connecticut and all over the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and need for medical personnel in all areas of health care. With a degree in medical assisting, you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to perform duties including — acting as the liaison between the physician and other individuals; scheduling patients for exams; taking patient vital signs; performing ECG/EKGs; collecting and processing specimens; preparing patients for procedures; updating filing records; and corresponding with insurance companies regarding patient matters.

Our Medical Assisting program can be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months. Flexible day and evening classes are available to work with your schedule. At Goodwin, students have access to a lab and equipment on campus for hands on teaching in small focus groups. Students leave Goodwin University with a well-rounded education and a wide range and scope of all skillsets — current and upcoming practices. Students will learn clinical skills and will be placed in clinical sites in CT, many of whom are prospective employers.

Focus on your specialty and path.

A degree in medical assisting can lead you towards many career paths working in areas such as ambulatory healthcare services, chiropractors' offices, family medicine practices, OB/GYN practices, physicians' offices, etc. If you enter the program knowing your desired path, your advisors and professors will help to cater your clinical experiences to match your specialty. If you are undecided, clinical experience will show you how far your degree can take you and where you would like to end up.

Certificates and accreditation

As a student, you will be simultaneously enrolled in the Medical Assisting certificate and associate degree programs. You will first complete the certificate requirements and receive a certificate in Medical Assisting; then you will then continue in the associate degree program. Upon completion of the collegiate certificate program, immediately upon graduation you are eligible to apply for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination administered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) examination administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Goodwin University's certificate degree program in Medical Assisting has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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The certificate program in Medical Assisting at Goodwin University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org.

The Medical Assisting program at Goodwin University has a retention rate of 96% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2018. This data is based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).