Description - Riverland

Medical Assistant

Why study the Medical Assistant Program at Riverland?

This one year, three semester diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment as Medical Assistants.

    What will I study?

Clinical and laboratory duties may include:

  • gathering complete medical histories and recording vital signs
  • explaining treatment procedures
  • preparing patients for and assisting providers with examinations and procedures, collection and preparation of laboratory specimens
  • performance of CLIA waived laboratory tests
  • sterilization of medical instruments, administration of medications
  • immunizations, drawing blood, taking electrocardiograms
  • removing sutures, changing dressings
  • authorizing and telephoning prescription refills as directed

Administrative duties may include:

  • answering telephones
  • greeting patients
  • updating and filing patient medical records
  • filing insurance forms
  • handling correspondence, scheduling appointments
  • arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • diagnostic and procedural coding
  • patient billing and bookkeeping.
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    Program Requirements
Background Study Requirement

Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

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    Career Outlook

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

Future Demand

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 14,079 new Medical Assistants to meet market demand between 2016-2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Sample Job Titles

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
  • Doctors Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Phlebotomist 


   Program Accreditation

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB)


Riverland Community College’s Medical Assistant Program prepares competent ethical entry-level medical assistants to provide safe, quality, patient-centered, compassionate care in the clinical, laboratory, and administrative healthcare settings.



    Program Scholarships

The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Program specific scholarships available:

Last Updated: May 5, 2017

    Quick Facts
  • Diploma
  • 36 Credits | 3 Semesters
  • Location: Austin, Owatonna, Online Course(s)
  • Offering: Fall


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