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What is a Certified Medical Assistant?

A Medical Assistant is a health professional that performs routine administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of offices and clinics of physicians and nurse practitioners, urgent care centers, hospitals, labs, insurance and billing companies, and government agencies. The Medical Assistant field is one of the most versatile health occupations in today's healthcare environment. Medical Assistants perform administrative tasks such as managing business affairs of the practice, scheduling appointments, medical reception, billing, and acts as a patient advocate and navigator. Medical Assistants also assist the provider in performing clinical skills of patient documentation, procedure preparation, diagnostic testing, collecting specimens, pharmacology management, and basic first aid. With this course you will learn the professional characteristics and knowledge required of a Medical Assistant.

Please complete the interest form below if you would like to be contacted when registration is available for the next class.

Because this program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service over non-covered persons. (20 CFR 1010) 

2024 Start Dates

February 12, 2024 

Prerequisites and/or Requirements

  • The essential requirements below must be met or completed within the deadlines indicated.
  • Must be at least 18 years old prior to the course start
  • For ESL students entering the program, it is highly recommended to take an English assessment exam prior to registration. To register to take the exam, contact the BSC Testing Services Coordinator at (701) 224-5658.
  • Computer or tablet for online learning
  • Mandatory attendance for lab and clinical
  • The ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • 48-hour lab practice and 40-hour practicum rotation with minimal rest periods
  • Students must have a passing grade in theory/lab before they can attend practicum
  • A valid ND Certified Nursing Assistant license (strongly recommended) 
  • Proof of immunizations and results must be provided ten (10) business days before the course starts. Students will be required to adhere to the policies of the facility where they are placed for their practicum. These are not BSC requirements, but requirements of the facility. Clinical affiliation policies will be shared with you by your instructor and should be referred to for additional details and exemption allowances. BSC cannot guarantee an exemption request will be granted. Exemption requests must be inquired upon and are subject to review and approval by the facility. TB testing, seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are provided by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health or the UND Center for Family Medicine.
    • COVID-19
      • Proof of an approved one-dose or two-dose COVID-19 vaccination that includes a record of the vaccine, the date of vaccine administration, lot number, and location of where the vaccine was administered.
    • Varicella (Chickenpox)
      • Immunity via childhood disease must be medically documented
      • Positive titer results may be accepted
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
      • If born before 1957, 1 MMR dose
      • If born in 1957 or later, 2 MMR doses
      • Positive titer results may be accepted
    • Tuberculosis
      • May be required to have a two-step TB test within three (3) months of the start of the clinical experience
    • Influenza
    • Hepatitis B Series (optional with a signed waiver)
  • Temporary or permanent conditions limiting the ability to perform the essential student requirements must be communicated to the program manager.
Essential requirements due prior to the practicum start include:
  1. Current ND UAP Registry which will include a background check.
    1. Initial applicants must submit:
      1. A Unlicensed Assistive Person Application
      2. A Criminal History Record Check (and associated fees) according to Chapter 54-07-02.1
      3. A Non-refundable $60.00 fee to the ND Board of Nursing
      4. A Verification of Enrollment Form if applying as a student technician.

Length of Program

The Certified Medical Assistant course is a 25-week hybrid course to include 144 hours of online theory, 48 hours of lab (six 8-hour days on the BSC Campus), and 40 hours of practicum (clinical) within a facility.

Course Outcomes

Students will have an understanding of the following:
  • The Medical Assistant Role
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body
  • Business Communications
  • Patient's Records
  • Medical Insurance and Coding
  • The Revenue Cycle
  • Preparing for Clinical Procedures
  • Assisting with Examinations
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Cardiology and Radiology Procedures
  • Medication Administration Procedures
  • Communication Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • First Aid and Emergencies
  • Rehabilitation and Health Living


Upon completion of the program, students will take the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam through the National Center for Competency Testing.

Career Investment

$3,385 tuition includes online access, books, and lab supplies. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve a seat. The remaining tuition amount is due ten (10) business days before the course start date. Lodging and travel expenses are the financial responsibility of the student.

This course is approved for funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), ND Career Builders Scholarship, and Vocational Rehabilitation. WIOA funding is designed to provide training for unemployment and some underemployed individuals to gain in-demand career skills. ND Career Builders is a tool for business to grow their workforce in high-need areas. Vocational Rehabilitation funding will provide training and employment services to individuals with disabilities so they can become and remain employed. To inquire about eligibility, utilize the following resources:

Career Opportunities

Certified Medical Assistants have many career opportunities, including working in clinic settings. This entry level career will introduce you to regulations, environments, and rewards in the healthcare field. It may be your life-long career or maybe just the first step in exploring the healthcare field. Wages for these careers average around $38,000 - $39,000 per year according to Job Service North Dakota statistics, and some Bismarck-based job postings advertise a medical assistant full-time salary range of up to $23/hour (approximately $47,000).

Contact CE today at 701-224-5600 or 1-877-846-9387 or email bsc.training@bismarckstate.edu

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