Medical Assisting

Obtain your CMA & CPT Certifications and earn 30 Technical Credits toward the Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) at The University of Akron.

The Medical Assisting program is a great way to gain access to a career in the healthcare profession. Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and it requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. The curriculum guides students in performing administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures for employment in a physician’s office, clinic or hospital.

The Medical Assisting program includes a required 200 hour unpaid externship in a medical office setting.  This experience will take place during the day and is scheduled Monday –  Friday beginning in May.

Students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) which is included in tuition costs. Portage Lakes Career Center Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).   Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, 25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763, 727-210-2350.  Class size limited to 20 students.

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Tuition: $8,995
Class Dates:  08/22/2018 – 06/25/2019
Schedule: Monday – Thursday: 4PM – 9PM
Course Length: 900 hours

Externship Dates:  05/15/2019 – 06/24/2019
Schedule: Monday – Friday: 8 hours during the day
Externship Hours: 200 hours

Medical Assisting is a Modular Option program.  (Modular options not available if full-time course enrollment limits are met).  For more information on how this option might fit your specific needs, please contact our Adult Education Program Coordinator, Kim Robinson, at 330-896-8123 or email

2018-19 Medical Assisting School Calendar


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Applications for August 2018 are now being accepted.  (Tuition and Class Dates for the 2018 school year are subject to change.)

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