Prepare for in-demand jobs by training to be a medical assistant  

Expedite your route to a career as a medical assistant with the certificate in medical assisting at Davenport University. You’ll learn from expert faculty in allied health and medical assisting who are credentialed and certified in their fields. 

Receive your medical assistant training through in-person classes offered on our W.A. Lettinga Campus and Lansing Campus as well as online through our Global Campus*. After completing this one-year certificate in medical assisting, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exams. These nationally recognized credentials give you a competitive advantage for jobs and top medical assistant pay. 

This stackable certificate in medical assisting also puts you on the path to earning Davenport’s associate in medical assisting as well as bachelor’s degrees in health and human services case management, health services administration or nursing. 

*Practicums must be completed in person. 

How to be a medical assistant

You can bypass medical assistant training, but finding a job — much less one with high medical assistant pay — is much more difficult without a certificate in medical assisting. 

At Davenport, you can complete your training to be a medical assistant in one year. Your education as a medical assistant makes you eligible to test for the CMA certification — the gold standard for excellence in the field. With this credential, you’re well-positioned for assisting physicians in health care settings, such as outpatient clinics and ambulatory care offices. 

Explore classes for Davenport’s certificate in medical assisting

Davenport’s education for medical assistants includes courses that teach you all aspects of patient care, including vitals, injections and EKG. Your courses also include phlebotomy and blood chemistry. Through this medical assistant training, you’ll use multiple electronic record systems so that you gain the administrative skills you’ll need to earn top medical assistant pay. 

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

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Finish your medical assistant training in just one year at Davenport
Earn the AAMA-required 560 contact hours to sit for the CMA exam
Get to work sooner with a 33-credit certificate in medical assisting
Experience personal attention with a 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Why pursue medical assistant training at Davenport?

By pursuing an education for medical assistant at Davenport, you’ll receive the 560 contact hours the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) requires for you to sit for the CMA exam. You’ll also receive 180 hours of practicum experience. Your medical assistant training is led by Davenport’s highly credentialed and certified expert faculty. They have the knowledge, experience, connections and desire to help you succeed. 

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Choose from two Davenport locations

Take classes for your certificate in medical assisting on either the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids or through Livestream classes with Davenport’s Global Campus (Online+) (practicums must be completed in person). 


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One-year medical assistant training

Accelerate your path to a career in medical assisting through Davenport’s one-year certificate in medical assisting. Position yourself to compete for the best jobs and medical assistant pay. 


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Contact hours and practicum experience

Receive a comprehensive education for medical assistants that gives you the 560 hours required by the AAMA to sit for the CMA exam — and 180 hours of practicum experience.  


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Opportunities to network 

Network and surround yourself with alumni and others who share your passion for health care by getting involved in the Allied Health/Health Information Student and Alumni Association


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In-demand education for medical assistant 

Training to be a medical assistant is a great career move. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19% through 2029.  


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Go beyond the certificate in medical assisting 

Take your education for medical assistant to the next level. Apply your college credit toward an AAS in medical assisting and then a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Davenport. 


Get started on your medical assistant training

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your certificate in medical assisting at Davenport.

Talk to a a graduate admissions advisor

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 on the path to land a job that brings you good medical assistant pay. Request more information or begin your application now.

Your certificate in medical assisting stackable degree

Davenport University’s certificate in medical assisting was created as a building block for our associate in medical assisting and other advanced degrees. After completing this stackable certificate in medical assisting, you can seamlessly apply your credits to the degrees below — while you enjoy the benefits of having your medical assistant training on your resume.


Stack 1: Certificate in Medical Assisting

Stack 2: Associate

Medical Assisting

Stack 3: Bachelor

Health and Human Services Case Management

Health Services Administration

 Nursing: Pre-Licensure

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 80 degree and certificate 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.*

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses


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