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Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC)

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Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC)


What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.

Patient Liaison

Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain the physician's instructions.

PCMH Team Member

Medical assistants are essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants ranked as one of the top five professionals necessary to the PCMH team.


According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), medical assistants held about 584,970 jobs in 2014. About 60 percent were in physicians’ offices, and about 15 percent were in general medical and surgical hospitals, including private and state facilities. Approximately 10 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and podiatrists. Another 7 percent worked in outpatient care centers, while the rest worked in public and private educational services, other ambulatory health care services, state and local government agencies, medical and diagnostic laboratories, nursing care facilities, and employment services.

In Demand 

Medical assisting is one of the nation's careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:

  • Predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities
  • Technological advancements
  • Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment


Average Starting Salary

The average starting salary is $25,000 - $30,000 depending on the facility and the training and skills of the medical assistant.


Certified medical assistants earn approximately 5 to 10 percent more than non-certified medical assistants.

Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of the 12-month MA curriculum and 160 hours of clinical experience, graduates are awarded a Medical Assistant certificate and are eligible to take the National CMA (AAMA) Certification examination. Successful completion of this exam will earn graduates the title of Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

Clinical Sites include, but are not limited to the following organizations:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • The Christ Hospital
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • The Urology Group
  • Trihealth
  • UC Health

Certification Pass Rate, Job Placement, and Program Satisfaction Rate

  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Cincinnati State are satisfied with the education that they receive at Cincinnati State, as there is an average 99.25% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years according to surveys of these graduates by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
  • Employers are satisfied with the Cincinnati State MA graduates they hire, as the five-year average for employer satisfaction is 100%
  • The Medical Assistant Certificate Program at Cincinnati State has a job placement rate average of 80.37% over the past five years.
  • The Cincinnati State Medical Assistant graduate certification averaged pass rate for 2013 - 2014 is 79.59%.

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