Medical Assistant Career Diploma

Train outplaced and incumbent employees with an accelerated Medical Assistant program that prepares workers for externships and industry-recognized certifications within 6-9 months.

Program Overview

The Medical Assistant Career Diploma program effectively prepares learners to perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician or mid-level provider. Aligned to employer needs and industry-recognized exams, the program incorporates traditional clinical skills in a nontraditional setting through the use of simulation, recorded demonstrations, and live instructional sessions. Courses are sequenced for learner success, and include a required externship experience. As a growing, in-demand role, the Medical Assistant program can effectively train your outplaced workers or upskill your existing employees into this high need field.

Average Completion Time: 6-9 Months 

Certification Exam Preparation:

  • American Medical Technologists (AMT) Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Certification
  • The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • The National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) certification offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • The Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) offered by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
  • The Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam (CPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)1

Required Externship Experience

  • Learners gain on-the-job, real world experience through a 160-hour clinical externship program

Skills & Features

Skills Covered:

  • Medical Coding
  • Reimbursement Methodology
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology & Pharmacology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medical Surgical Procedures
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Sterile Technique
  • Vitals


  • Delivered on the PFx learning platform which provides engaging and interactive learning materials, including cutting-edge simulations, recorded demonstrations, live sessions, and more
  • Program includes robust practice lab kits: BP Cuff, Stethoscope, EKG Electrodes, Incentive Spirometer, & Phlebotomy kit

1 Graduates of the Penn Foster Medical Assistant program will also be prepared to sit for the NHA (National Healthcareer Association) Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam once they meet the certification exam requirements of performing a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks in a lab or hospital setting.