Become highly sought after for rewarding medical assistant jobs

Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting (61 credits)

Gain the clinical and administrative skills that can lead to a medical assistant job with a top medical assistant salary through the associate of applied science in medical assisting degree at Davenport University.

With Davenport’s AAS in medical assisting, you’ll complete a 180-hour practicum at an outpatient medical facility, giving you the hands-on training you need for medical assistant jobs. As a medical assistant, you’ll work alongside physicians and others in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. 

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Davenport’s medical assisting program is offered in-person on our W.A. Lettinga Campus and Lansing Campus as well as online through our Global Campus*. You’ll learn from Davenport faculty who are experts in their field and who are committed to making sure you are highly trained for in-demand medical assistant jobs. 

*Practicums must be completed in person. 

What is a medical assisting degree?    

As you explore this medical assisting program, you may be wondering what a medical assisting degree is. A medical assisting degree helps you develop into a capable medical assistant who has the knowledge, skills and disposition for a range of health care careers. Through the AAS in medical assisting at Davenport, you’ll gain the basics of patient care, laboratory practices and medical office procedures. You’ll also develop the communication skills and foundation in both psychology and cultural diversity needed for today’s medical assistant jobs. 

Explore classes for the medical assisting degree

To prepare you to go on to earn a medical assistant salary, you’ll take courses like clinical patient care, clinical laboratory procedures and administrative office applications. You’ll also complete a 180-hour medical assisting degree practicum. Many of our graduates are hired for a medical assistant job at their site after completing their practicum for the medical assisting degree.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Earn your AAS in medical assisting in just two years
Strengthen your skills with a 180-hour practicum

Why the AAS in medical assisting at Davenport University?

Unlike others, Davenport’s certified medical assistant program leads to a medical assisting degree, not just the medical assistant certification. You can also ladder your credits into another degree. For example, you can receive your AAS in medical assisting and be earning a medical assistant salary while you pursue a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) at Davenport. 

If you’re a high school student who is taking advantage of Davenport’s dual enrollment/middle college program, the medical assistant program enables you to graduate with both a high school diploma and an AAS in medical assisting. 

By completing your coursework and practicum for the medical assistant program, you’ll be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants and/or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam from American Medical Technologists.

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Preparation for medical assistant jobs 

Earn a medical assisting degree at Davenport University and set yourself apart from your competition for medical assistant jobs. 


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Become CMA and/or RMA certified 

Complete Davenport’s medical assisting degree and you’ll be eligible to take the CMA and/or the RMA certification exams.


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Continue your health care studies  

Ladder up to a bachelor’s degree in health services administration, health and human services case management or nursing after you earn your AAS.


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Leading-edge labs

Benefit from two dedicated labs using simulation equipment to further your understanding and practice on campus. 


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Scholarships just for you

Earn a scholarship just for medical assistant students and open the door to other scholarships by earning both an AAS and a bachelor’s.


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Network with professionals

Benefit from Davenport’s partnerships with area facilities, where you can network with office managers and site directors. 


Start on your AAS in medical assisting at Davenport

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward the medical assisting degree at Davenport University.  

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Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at

Apply now or request more information

Get ready for a medical assistant job with a top medical assistant salary. Request more information or begin your application now.

About Davenport University 

Davenport Campus

Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

Offering over 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University. 

Additional resources

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